Canada squad to participate at 2017 CFA International Women’s Youth Tournament

Canada squad to participate at 2017 CFA International Women’s Youth Tournament

Canada Soccer National EXCEL program continues summer tour with U-17 China Tournament

“We are looking forward to three matches against three difficult opponents, including two Asian teams who are preparing for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualification in September, and we have our neighbours from the USA who have brought some experienced players who played in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer National EXCEL Director 14-20. “I think we are going to have three very tough games, but three very tough games that I believe this group of players can manage by implementing the things they have learned over the last couple of camps in this U-17 cycle.”

The young squad in China will be presented with many firsts on their Canada Soccer journey. With a heat wave engulfing Weifang and temperatures reaching 37 degrees Celsius during the day, Canada Soccer’s U-17 team will get an opportunity to experience playing in difficult conditions, a reality of international competition, that prepares players for future fixtures. Additionally, many members of the young squad will wear the maple leaf on their chest for the first time.

“For many of the players this tournament will be the first time they put on the Canadian jersey in international competition and it represents the beginning of their journey through the Canada Soccer system, a pressure that can’t be underestimated,” said Priestman. “For others who have played in this tournament, or a prior FIFA Women’s World Cup at the youth level, it’s an opportunity to continue their development and bring their experience to the rest of the squad. There are some really difficult weather conditions here in China, and with that, the group must adapt and learn how to play in high temperatures, which will help them when they progress to qualification for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.”

Canada Women’s U17 EXCEL Team for 2017 CFA International Women’s Youth Tournament

Oluwateniola (Teni) Akindoju, 2001, Soccer Nova Scotia REX Program / Dunbrack Soccer Club,
Aaliyah Scott, 2001, Markham Soccer Club, Pickering, ON
Jayde Riviere, 2001, Markham Soccer Club, Pickering, ON
Maliah De Rosario, 2001, Markham Soccer Club,
Serita Thurton, 2002, Markham Soccer Club, Ajax, ON
Anna Karpenko, 2002, Vaughan Soccer Club,
Maya Antoine, , Vaughan Soccer Club, Vaughan, ON
Maya Ladhani, 2002, Vaughan Soccer Club,
Olivia Scott, 2001, Aurora Youth Soccer Club, Aurora, ON
Sonia Walk, 2002, North Toronto Nitros,
Kaila Novak, 2002, FC London Academy,
Isabella Hanisch, 2002, Ottawa South United Club,
Ariel Young, 2001, Ottawa Fury,
Jordyn Huitema, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex, Chilliwack, BC
Caitlin Shaw, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex,
Maya Rogers, 2003, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex, Vancouver, BC
Julianne Vallerand, 2001, Quebec REX / Varennes, Terrebonne, QC
Audrey Chelsie François, 2004, Quebec REX / CS Monteuil U15 F AAA, Laval, QC
Elisabeth Tsé, 2002, Quebec REX / Phénix des Rivières de Quebec, Quebec City, QC
Sophie Guilmette, 2001, Quebec REX / Lakeshore SC,
Lara Kazandjian, 2002, Quebec REX / Lakeshore SC,
Latifah Abdu, 2001, Lakeshore U16AAA, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC

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