Canada announces roster for Chongqing

Coach Carolina Morace has called 24 players to the team that will train and compete in Chongqing, China from 13-26 January. The four-team tournament features top-10 nations Canada, Sweden and USA as well as host China PR.

Coach Carolina Morace has called 24 players to the team that will train and compete in Chongqing, China from 13-26 January. The four-team tournament features top-10 nations Canada, Sweden and USA as well as host China PR.

The competition dates are 21, 23 and 25 January, with two matches and all four teams involved on each of the competition dates. Canada’s schedule features China PR on 21 January (18.35 local / 06.35 ET / 03.35 PT), USA on 23 January (19.05 local / 07.05 ET / 04.05 PT), and Sweden on 25 January (15.35 local / 03.35 ET / 00.35 PT).

This competition marks the first time since the 2008 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament that Canada is facing top-five nations in back-to-back matches. USA was ranked first while Sweden was ranked fourth in the most recent FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking.

Canada was ranked 9th, but it has added two wins and two draws to its record since the November ranking. Canada enters the competition with an all-time best 10-match unbeaten streak, dating back to a 3:1 victory over China PR at BMO Field in Toronto, ON.

Of the 24 players invited to this competition, 11 of them helped Canada finish first at three competitions in 2010: the Cyprus Women’s Cup in March, the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifier in November and the Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo in December. Ten other players helped Canada finish first at at least one of the three competitions.

Two players are making their debut with the full national team at this camp, both of whom played for Morace in the youth program in 2010. The two debutans are Christine Exeter of Pickering, ON and Taylor Patterson of Edmonton, AB.

Canada, whose title sponsor is Winners and presenting sponsor is Teck, is currently preparing for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011. This will be the fifth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup in which Canada competes dating back to 1995.


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

GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Chicago Red Stars | Maple Ridge, BC, CAN

GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Washington Freedom | Edmonton & Calgary, AB, CAN

CB- Candace Chapman | USA / Western New York Flash | Ajax, ON, CAN

CB- Robyn Gayle | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Mississauga, ON, CAN

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

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

RB- Christine Exeter | USA / University of Louisville | Pickering, ON, CAN

RB- Brittany Timko | Unattached / sans club | Coquitlam, BC, CAN

RB- Rhian Wilkinson | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner | Baie d’Urfe, QC, CAN

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

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

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

CM- Kaylyn Kyle | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Saskatoon, SK, CAN

CM- Diana Matheson | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner | Oakville, ON, CAN

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

F- Josée Bélanger | CAN / Amiral de Québec | Coaticook, QC, CAN

F- Jonelle Filigno | USA / Rutgers University | Mississauga, ON, CAN

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

F- Taylor Patterson | | Edmonton, AB, CAN

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

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

F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Western New York Flash | Burnaby, BC, CAN

F- Melissa Tancredi | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Ancaster, ON, CAN

Head of Delegation / Chef de délegation : John Knox

Head Coach / Entraîneure-chef : Carolina Morace

Assistant Coach / Entraîneure adjointe : Elisabetta Bavagnoli

Assistant Coach / Entraîneure adjointe : Andrea Neil

Goalkeer Coach / Entraîneur des gardiens : Max Colucci

Video Coordinator / Vidéaste : Sian Bagshawe

Administrator / Administrateur : Karina Sefron

Equipment Manager / Gérante de l’équipement : Maeve Glass

Athletic Therapist / Thérapeute du sport : Fabrizio DiFrancesco

Athletic Therapist / Thérapeute du sport : Roberta Villa

Nutritionist / Nutritionniste : Dr. Salvatore Delogu

Translator / Traductrice : Deborah Ferrero

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