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Now the hard part begins, this fall they will begin the "tough" part of their path to Russia. The third round of Concacaf World Cup Qualifier's is a home-away series versus a team like Grenada,Antigua and Barbados level, the fourth round of qualification is a round robin against some teams that are barely better then Dominica, but mostly with teams of the Guatemala, Honduras and Jamaica type of level and can be dangerous for the new "young" Canadian program. It will be interesting to see which nations will be in Canada's group, but regardless of the opponents, the true new identity of the Canadian Men National team will be forge during that third round and to have a chance to reach the Hex, Canada will need that new offensive flair it showed last night! Now on to the Women. With their win of Group A, Canada has a chance to face a favorable opponent in the round of 16, but to have a legitimate chance to reach the quarters or to even make it further in the tournament, they desperately need more goals. Yes, it is a cliché, to win you need to score more goals then your opponent, but the fact that Canada has scored two goals in three games, one on penalty by Sinclair, is truly alarming. They haven't been able to generate consistent quality opportunities on goal during their group stage games and now with the Sophie Schmidt injury (she is expected to play but what form will she be in) the offensive part of the beautiful games is still a struggle for the Canadian Women. With a slower Sinclair and a field of opposition never seen before at the Women World Cup stage, Canada will need either a shift of mentality and a go forward attitude to finally hit the back of the net consistently or just a pure miracle moment like Schmidt's goal, against England in their last pre-tournament game, if they want to move past the round of 16. Defining moments to come...
Last Monday Canadian Women’s National team head coach John Herdman announced the 24 player roster for the Cyprus Women’s Cup Tournament that begins on Wednesday. This tournament provides important exhibition preparation ahead of the Women’s World Cup in June. Like in past Cyprus Cups, the team will use this as an opportunity to develop cohesiveness among the group and unify their shared purpose. Herdman understands the importance of continuing the momentum the team has created this year after winning three matches en route to capturing Bao’an Cup in China. “We've been on a roll and hope to continue that” Herdman said. “It’s great for the confidence of our players.” Though it’s speculated that the roster for this tournament is a strong indication of who will represent Canada in the showpiece event this summer, Herdman hinted at it not being finalized. “We haven’t written anyone off […] there are still opportunities. The door is always open.” Herdman will use Cyprus as a way to as build upon team chemistry and gauge who is ready to accept leadership roles and emerge as a starters. When asked about potential formations for the tournament, the coach said that in order to be successful a team must have the ability to adapt tactics for different opponents. “What we tried in China will be different to what we try against Scotland or Italy.” Canada has won the Cyprus Cup three times in the tournament’s seven year history. Their last championship was in 2011 against the Netherlands. Canada placed second in 2009, 2012 and most recently in 2013 with a loss to England. Canada’s first match of the tournament takes place Wednesday March 4th versus Scotland. Injury Updates: Diana Matheson is ahead of schedule in her recovery from a torn left ACL, an injury she sustained in October against Japan at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium. However, there isn't a timetable set for her return. “Her recovery is head of schedule at this stage. We’ll have our fingers crossed and I think everybody wants to see her back” Herdman said on Tuesday from Cyrpus. “Diana is one of the most resilient women I have ever met.” Canadian defender Lauren Sesselmann’s recovery from knee injury is “getting there” according to Herdman. Sesselmann suffered the injury prior to last year's Cyprus Cup. He hopes to have her rejoin the team in April ahead of Canada’s match against France on the 9th in Bondoufle.