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Canada v. Norway: June 3, 2010


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Game is at Fart Stadion (I believe the translation is something like "bump") and kickoff is at:

- 8:00pm local time (UTC/GMT +2)

- 2:00pm EST

- 11:00am PDT

Norway announced their roster today.

As Canada's four WPS players are unavailable, Norway's two are as well.

Lisa-Marie Woods will be playing, and has spent a good deal of time in North America playing for a number of colleges and W League clubs (notably FC Indiana and Ottawa Fury). Other than her I don't believe there are any others who have done time over here.

They do have three players from the Frauen Bundesliga, two from Champions League finalists Olympique Lyonnais in France, and one from a U19 Norwegian men's team. The remaining dozen players play in their local domestic league, and all but one come from the strongest three clubs.

The side features 10 players 28 or older. Three youngsters 18-20 in the lineup, one of whom is looking for her first cap.

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Official rosters.

"Our players will have to show maturity to play without these important [WPS] players," said Canadian national head coach Carolina Morace. "It is not ideal to be playing this match without these veterans."

True enough but Norway is in the same boat. Karina LeBlanc has opted to travel with Canada, but players on two other WPS teams will not be making the trip: FC Gold Pride (Candace Chapman, Solveig Gulbrandsen and Christine Sinclair) and the Washington Freedom (Erin McLeod and Lene Mykjåland).

Kudos to LeBlanc and Philadelphia Independence coach Paul Riley and owner David Halstead.

The Norwegian team has been hit with a couple of pregnancies this year. Both Lyon players from the Champions League final are aboard and it's a pretty standard 18 for them with a just couple of new names and younger players including Emilie Haavi who is just 17 and their Euro breakthrough prodigy Cecilie Pedersen who is 19 and plays on a boys U19 team.

Canada and Norway are involved in World Cup qualification this year so it is a key match for both. The home crowd will definitely aid the Norwegians, but if both teams go the distance with maximum firepower it should be an excellent game and a good bellwether.

Canada 3. juni kl. 18.00 på Fart Stadion, Hamar:

G- Colpitts, Dayle | CAN / Ottawa Fury | Nasonworth, NB, CAN

G- Labbé, Stephanie | SWE / Piteå IF | Stony Plain, AB, CAN

G- LeBlanc, Karina | USA / Philadelphia Independence | Maple Ridge, BC, CAN

CB – Andrews, Sasha | NOR / Linderud-Grei Toppfotball | Edmonton, AB, CAN

LB- Booth, Melanie | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Burlington, ON, CAN

CB- Bouchard, Myriam | USA / Freedom Futures | Québec, QC, CAN

CB- Marton, Lexi | CAN / Toronto Lady Lynx | Aurora, ON, CAN

LB- McCarthy, Bryanna | CAN / Toronto Lady Lynx | Ajax, ON, CAN

LB- Nault, Marie-Eve | CAN / Ottawa Fury | Trois-Rivières, QC, CAN

RB- Raber, Sari | CNA / Ottawa Fury | Edmonton, AB, CAN

RB- Wilkinson, Rhian | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner | Pointe-Claire, QC, CAN

CB- Zurrer, Emily | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Crofton, BC, CAN

M- Chénard, Laura | CAN / Amiral de Québec | Ste-Luce, QC, CAN

M- Iachelli, Selenia | ITA / Sassari Torres | Edmonton, AB, CAN

M – Matheson, Diana | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner | Oakville, ON, CAN

M- Moscato, Carmelina | Unattached / sans club | Mississauga, ON, CAN

M- Parker, Kelly | USA / Buffalo Flash | Saskatoon, SK, CAN

M- Schmidt, Sophie | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Abbotsford, BC, CAN

M- Scott, Desiree | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Winnipeg, MB, CAN

M- Stewart, Chelsea | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | The Pas, MB, CAN

F- Bélanger, Josée | CAN / Comètes de Laval | Coaticook, QC, CAN

F- Bonnick, Alysha | USA / University of Missouri | Ottawa, ON, CAN

F- Filigno, Jonelle | CAN / Toronto Lady Lynx | Mississauga, ON, CAN

F- Julien, Christina | CAN / Ottawa Fury | Williamstown, ON, CAN

F- Lang, Kara | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps | Oakville, ON, CAN

F- McCalla, Brooke | Unattached / sans club | Pickering, ON, CAN

F- Robinson, Jodi-Ann | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Richmond, BC, CAN

Ingrid Hjelmseth - Stabæk

Christine Colombo Nilsen - Lyon

Lisa-Marie Woods - Stabæk

Maren Mjelde - Arna/Bjørnar

Toril Hetland Akerhaugen - Stabæk

Hedda Strand Gardsjord - Røa

Leni Larsen Kaurin - Frankfurt

Guro Knutsen Mienna - Røa

Ingvild Stensland - Lyon

Trine Rønning - Stabæk

Lene Storløkken - LSK Kvinner

Emilie Haavi - Røa

Lise Klaveness - Stabæk

Ingrid Camilla Fosse Sæthre - Stabæk

Isabell Herlovsen - Lyon

Cecilie Pedersen - Avaldsnes

Lindy Melissa Wiik - Wolfsburg

Marit Sandvei - LSK Kvinner

Emilie Haavi and Rhian Wilkinson

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Alyssa Bonnick

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Cecile Pedersen

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Norway goes down two more stronger players but brings a couple back. Out are young Maren Mjelde who has settled into the national team and veteran striker Melissa Wiik who plays her club soccer for Woflsburg in Germany. In are Runa Vikestad (6 caps) and the return of national players Elise Thorsnes (31 caps) and Madeleine Giske (11 caps).

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Norway goes down two more stronger players but brings a couple back. Out are young Maren Mjelde who has settled into the national team and veteran striker Melissa Wiik who plays her club soccer for Woflsburg in Germany. In are Runa Vikestad (6 caps) and the return of national players Elise Thorsnes (31 caps) and Madeleine Giske (11 caps).

Good to see Bonnick on the team.... North Gower will be proud, as will Martintown.... love when players you saw at 12 make the National team, now if we can only get a few more looked at.

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Canada goes 4-3-3

Karina LeBlanc

Bryanna McCarthy

Emily Zurrer

Lexi Marton

Rhiann Wilkinson

Kelly Parker

Carmelina Moscato

Sophie Schmidt

Josee Belanger

Jodi Ann Robinson

Christina Julien

Norway goes into a 4-2-3-1 attacking formation with Pedersen as the deep striker supported by Klaveness, Herlvosen and Kaurin with Woods and Stensland in a duo mid role and Akerhaugen, Ronning, Sandvei and Knutsen-Mienna in the back in front of Hjelmseth.

First 15 fairly even and each side feeling each other out. McCarthy got megged bad and a few minutes later and the tide started to turn.

22 mins Norway just misses top right-hand on a corner.

23 mins Julien misses two cracks on a breakaway down the left. Don't know who fed it but it was great service. First right at the keeper, second just missing the corner. Think she was surprised how fast it happened and you could taste her agony.

28 mins Norway misses even closer on a corner. LeBlanc pulls it out of the bottom corner. That's about the 5th corner for Norway inside 30 minutes.

Last 15 leveled out. Both keepers pulling in a handful of hopeful long balls that are the trademark of too much women's soccer.

First half: LeBlanc is solid, backline is organized and not giving up much in run of play. Outside of the long ball we're struggling to create opportunities out of the middle because we're playing one central mid against a 4-2-3-1 setup. Not much buildup in this game.

Two minutes into the second half Robinson has a number of quality opportunities at the top middle of the six but can't get the shot off.

50 minuntes in Moscato goons Herlovsen who wails a holler but consider that payback for her cleanout on McCarthy.

55 minutes Norway sub Vikestad for injured Ronning.

57 minutes Chelsea Stewart for Christina Julien.

60 minutes Norway sub 17yr old Haavi in for Kaurin.

60 minutes Brooke McCalla in.

GOALLLLL.

68 minutes Canada catches Norway sleeping with a set-play corner that has Kelly Parker dribbling down the baseline towards the six and driving a low hard ball a few yards off the line which is deflected into the net by Belanger. 1-0 Canada.

The game was getting really turnover infested and sloppy. This will wake it up. Norway is under the gun at home now.

GOALLLLL.

73 minutes Norway plays a ball off the wing from [edit - Guro Knutsen Mienna] to 19yr old Pedersen top of the [edit - 6yd] box with a pack of Canadians on her back but manages to turn and fire point blank into the net. 1-1.

75 minutes good header won by Canada from the penalty area by a long ball but it goes right into the keepers hands.

78 minutes sub Norway Thorsnes for Herlovsen.

80 minutes a couple of good chances and breakouts with Parker on the penetrating dribble. Good second half for her.

85 minutes Alyssa Bonnick for Josee Belanger

86 minute foul by Marton at the top middle on the box. Resulting Norwegian free kick off the post and across the face of goal untouched. Bad decision on the tackle and dodged a bullet.

86 minutes Marie Eve Nault for Lexi Marton.

+3 minutes of extra time.

Tweet. Tweet. Tweet. And it's in the books.

Neither team seemed dangerous but a good competitive game. The WPS players would have definitely changed the nature of the game. Sinclair, Chapman and Gulbrandsen were upset 0-1 on the weekend anyway. Too bad they couldn't make the trip and support the team.

I believe LeBlanc wore the C.

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To double the fun here's all the CSA twitter action:

#canwnt - Kickoff in Hamar. GK #karinaleblanc is the Canadian captain today. #mccarthy makes her first senior appearance for CAN

#canwnt 08 MIN - Both teams record an early shot in fast paced start. #cmoscato4 fires her first time effort wide.

24 MIN - Belanger sends Julien in alone but NOR GK stands her ground. #julien sends rebound wide. Great chance!

29 MIN - NOR corner is headed on goal by Kaurin but LeBlanc blocks with her legs and the danger is cleared.

43 MIN - Belanger reacts quickest to get her head on a long Marton free kick, but NOR GK in perfect position for save.

HALF TIME - in Hamar. Canada 0:0 Norway. Canada's Julien with the best chance of the half on a breakaway.

46 MIN - Restart. CAN go close early as Julien and Robinson combine well, Robinson's shot is blocked by NOR defence

50 MIN - CAN attacks again through Parker and Julien but NOR GK makes save on Julien.

60 MIN - CAN substitutions - Robinson and Julien off, Chelsea Stewart and Brooke McCalla enter the match.

69 MIN - Goal Canada! Belanger fights off her defender to redirect a low cross into the goal. CAN 1:0 NOR

69 MIN - CAN goal off a short CK. Schmidt to Parker who beats defender to end line before crossing.

75 MIN - Goal Norway. Pedersen turns in the box and shoots far side. CAN 1:1 NOR

86 MIN - CAN substitution - Goal scorer Belanger is replaced by Alysha Bonnick

87 MIN - CAN substitution - Marton is replaced by Marie-Eve Nault

FULL TIME - Final score from Hamar is Canada 1:1 Norway.

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Technology is supposed to take us all there... too bad it wasn't made more available to Canadians. Hope I can track it down for everyone to watch. The tough part was being on a conference call and on the phone another half-dozen times to dig up info and missing so much of the game.

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Each team got a good first cap with McCarthy and Haavi. McCarthy is a ramblin' gamblin' wing defender or mid who likes to get funky and mix it up and go at people. She has a higher turnover rate than most who play there but her offensive upside is much higher too. Kind of like an Ashley Cole but without the flawless decision-making. As she gets older I'm sure she'll get closer to the real thing. Haavi came in much later in the game but is a slice and dice wing mid who likes to use her speed and shiftiness to attack quickly into space and unbalance a defense by getting into their faces before they realize what happened. Both quality young players.

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Technology is supposed to take us all there... too bad it wasn't made more available to Canadians. Hope I can track it down for everyone to watch. The tough part was being on a conference call and on the phone another half-dozen times to dig up info and missing so much of the game.

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Each team got a good first cap with McCarthy and Haavi. McCarthy is a ramblin' gamblin' wing defender or mid who likes to get funky and mix it up and go at people. She has a higher turnover rate than most who play there but her offensive upside is much higher too. Kind of like an Ashley Cole but without the flawless decision-making. As she gets older I'm sure she'll get closer to the real thing. Haavi came in much later in the game but is a slice and dice wing mid who likes to use her speed and shiftiness to attack quickly into space and unbalance a defense by getting into their faces before they realize what happened. Both quality young players.

You should add 'on the field'. Have you seen that young lady he stepped out on??? God almighty.

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The Norwegians are calling the late foul at the top of the box inside the 18 and deserving of a penalty kick. The referee is right on top of it but placed the ball outside. It was probably inside but was close enough to make it hard to find fault either way.

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