Canada faces the United States in a women’s friendly international soccer fixture on Sunday at BMO Field.
The squad features 14 players who were part of the national bronze medal winning team at last year’s London Olympics. Several young players who were drafted earlier this year along with 21-year-old defender Rachel Quon – she has earned her first call-up to a national camp – make up the roster.
“It was important for us to bring in a blend of youth and experience for this game,” said head coach, John Herdman. “We feel we have a good blend of players that have experience playing against the USA, but we are also sticking to our task of preparing for the future.”
Tickets for the match were sold out the first day they went on sale.
“The fans are going to play a massive part in the game,” said Herdman. “We will be playing in front of a packed house and all of the pressure that goes with that. It’s important for this group of players, particularly the young ones, to get a real sense of the support we are looking forward to in 2015. We know the crowd will be in full voice and right behind us.”
Fans will be able to attend the squad’s training camp today and witness the unveiling of a new Umbro Canada soccer kit through a special presentation.
“It’s an opportunity for young players to see their heroes up close and personal,” said Herdman. “It will be a great window into the preparation that goes on at the top level and the type of environment we try to create for our national teams.”
Since 1986, when the national program was established, Canada has lost 44 of 52 meetings with the Americans. The national side last beat the U.S. 12 years ago at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
Kick-off on Sunday is at 4:30 p.m.
In other soccer news, Cameroon has named German Volker Finke as the national men’s head coach. He will replace Jean-Paul Akono, who suffered a mild heart attack last weekend. This will be Finke’s first coaching role in Africa.