Defending Champion Canada announce 2017 Algarve Cup roster
Canada Women’s National Team will return to the Algarve Cup, Portugal to defend its 2016 title with a squad blending experience and youth.
The 24th edition of the invitational 2017 Algarve Cup will take place from 1 to 8 March. Canada faces Denmark on 1 March, Russia on 3 March, and hosts Portugal on 6 March, with the final match scheduled for 8 March. Here’s a reminder of all the Algarve Cup 2017 fixtures.
“This tournament will be our first opportunity to play consecutive competitive fixtures since the 2016 Rio Olympics and a chance to get our whole squad back together. The focus will be on winning the tournament, by firstly shaking off some rust and then pushing to recreate the tactical cohesion and off-field chemistry we saw in Rio,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “We have six new additions to our squad, players who showed well on our assessment camp and who will add depth to key positions and challenge the Olympic core players for places. This is a fast paced tournament where we will face one day turnarounds between games, so we will need to hit the ground running and maintain a high pace if we want to win back-to-back Algarve titles.”
Canada won the 2016 edition of the Algarve Cup, its first appearance at the tournament since 2003, with a 2:1 victory over Brazil in the final match of the women’s international competition. Canada reached the final after winning Group A with six points. Canada went on to face Brazil three more times in 2016, splitting a two-game home series in June before defeating Brazil for the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
“There are a lot of really strong teams in this tournament including our first match against Denmark, a team we lost to last year, but we have a good opportunity to reach the final,” said Herdman. “Many of these teams are looking to peak for the European Championships later this year but our goal is clear: win the group and win the Algarve Cup. Our players are committed to taking Canada forward over these next four years and this is the first real test of that commitment”.
Recent EXCEL program call ups Lindsay Agnew (21), Jordyn Huitema (15), Alex Lamontagne (20), and Hannah Taylor (17) will look to make their first appearances for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team during the Algarve Cup joining returning EXCEL players Marie Levasseur (19) and Sarah Stratigakis (17).
Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Algarve Cup Roster
Lindsay Agnew, (Washington Spirit)
Janine Beckie, (Houston Dash)
Kadeisha Buchanan, (Olympique Lyonnais)
Gabrielle Carle, (CS Lévis-Est & Québec Soccer REX)
Allysha Chapman, (Boston Breakers)
Sabrina D’Angelo, (North Carolina Courage)
Jessie Fleming, (UCLA)
Jordyn Huitema, (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX)
Stephanie Labbé, (Washington Spirit)
Alex Lamontagne, (Durham United FC)
Ashley Lawrence, (Paris St-Germain FC)
Marie Levasseur, (University of Memphis)
Nichelle Prince, (Houston Dash)
Deanne Rose, (Scarborough GS United)
Rebecca Quinn, (Duke University)
Sophie Schmidt, (FFC Frankfurt)
Desiree Scott, (FC Kansas City)
Kailen Sheridan, (Sky Blue FC)
Christine Sinclair, (Portland Thorns FC)
Sarah Stratigakis, (Aurora United FC)
Hannah Taylor, (Eastside FC)
Shelina Zadorsky, (Washington Spirit)
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