Canada WNT trims roster before Cyprus Women’s Cup

Coach Herdman selects 22 players for 2012 Cyprus Women’s Cup

Canadian head coach John Herdman has selected 22 players for the 2012 edition of the Cyprus Women’s Cup. The 22 players were selected from a pool of 26 players that took part in the 10-day pre-tournament camp from 17-26 February in Larnaka, Cyprus.

Canada will compete in the fifth edition of the Cyprus Women’s Cup from 28 February to 6 March. Canada’s fixtures include 28 February against Scotland, 1 March against Italy and 4 March against Netherlands. The classification match will be played on 6 March.

Of the 22 Canadian players, only two are making their Cyprus Women’s Cup debut: fullback Lauren Sesselmann (Stephenville, NL) and forward Chelsea Buckland (North Delta, BC). Both players made their debut with the Canadian team in 2011.

Captain Christine Sinclair is Canada’s scoring leader with 11 goals in 15 Cyprus Cup matches since 2008. Christina Julien ranks second with four goals in seven matches. Sinclair, Karina LeBlanc and Rhian Wilkinson, meanwhile, are the only three Canadian players that have participated in all five editions of the Cyprus Women’s Cup (including 2012).

Nineteen of the 20 players that won a silver medal at the recent 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament have been included in the 2012 Cyprus Women’s Cup roster. Additions to the Canadian roster are goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé, centreback Emily Zurrer and fullback Bryanna McCarthy.

GK- Stephanie Labbé | SWE / Piteå IF
GK- Karina LeBlanc | Unattached / sans club
GK- Erin McLeod | SWE / Dalsjöfors G.o.I.F.
CB- Candace Chapman | Unattached / sans club
CB- Carmelina Moscato | SWE / Piteå IF
CB- Shannon Woeller | USA / Rutgers University
CB- Emily Zurrer | SWE / Dalsjöfors G.o.I.F.
FB- Melanie Booth | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
FB- Robyn Gayle | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
FB- Bryanna McCarthy | USA / U. of West Virginia
FB- Lauren Sesselmann | Unattached / sans club
FB- Chelsea Stewart | USA / UCLA
FB- Rhian Wilkinson | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner
M- Kaylyn Kyle | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Kelly Parker | Unattached / sans club
M- Sophie Schmidt | Unattached / sans club
M- Desiree Scott | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Brittany Timko | Unattached / sans club
F- Chelsea Buckland | USA / Oregon State University
F- Christina Julien | SWE / Jitex BK
F- Christine Sinclair | Unattached / sans club
F- Melissa Tancredi | SWE / Piteå IF

Booth, Melanie | 1984 | Burlington, ON, CAN | Burlington Youth SC
Buckland, Chelsea | 1990 | North Delta, BC, CAN | Walley SA
Chapman, Candace | 1983 | Ajax, ON, CAN | Ajax United
Gayle, Robyn | 1985 | Mississauga, ON, CAN | Mississauga Dixie Hearts
Julien, Christina | 1988 | Williamstown, ON, CAN | Williamstown
Kyle, Kaylyn | 1988 | Saskatoon, SK, CAN | Silverwood Rangers
Labbé, Stephanie | 1986 | Stony Plain, AB, CAN | Spruce Grove Saints
LeBlanc, Karina | 1980 | Maple Ridge, BC, CAN | Golden Ears Angels
McCarthy, Bryanna | 1991 | Ajax, ON, CAN | Ajax Warriors
McLeod, Erin | 1983 | Edmonton & Calgary, AB, CAN | St. Albert
Moscato, Carmelina | 1984 | Mississauga, ON, CAN | Dixie SC
Parker, Kelly | 1981 | Saskatoon, SK, CAN | Saskatoon United SC
Schmidt, Sophie | 1988 | Abbotsford, BC, CAN | Abbotsford
Scott, Desiree | 1987 | Winnipeg, MB, CAN | Maples Cougars
Sesselmann, Lauren | 1983 | Green Bay, WI, USA | St. Bernard Elementary School
Sinclair, Christine | 1983 | Burnaby, BC, CAN | South Burnaby Metro Club Bees
Stewart, Chelsea | 1990 | Denver, CO, USA & The Pas, MB, CAN | Real Colorado
Tancredi, Melissa | 1981 | Ancaster, ON, CAN | Ancaster
Timko, Brittany | 1985 | Coquitlam, BC, CAN | Coquitlam City Panthers
Wilkinson, Rhian | 1982 | Baie d’Urfé, QC, CAN | Lakeshore
Woeller, Shannon | 1990 | Vancouver, BC, CAN | Douglas Park
Zurrer, Emily | 1987 | Crofton, BC, CAN | Cowichan Valley



More than a place just for lounging in the sun, there’s lots of things happening in Cyprus all the year round. From cultural performance with big name stars, sports events to participate in or watch, to informative conferences where you can meet like minds. You’ll be surprised at what you can enjoy here. Visit the official website of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation for more details.

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