Canada Soccer’s 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.
“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).
The XXIV Algarve Women’s Cup will feature 12 nations with matches to be played on 1, 3, 6, and 8 March 2017.
Group 1: Canada, Denmark, Portugal, RussiaGroup 2: Iceland, Japan, Norway, SpainGroup 3: Australia, China PR, Netherlands, Sweden
Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Algarve Cup Roster (in alphabetical order):Lindsay Agnew, age 21, from Kingston, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)Janine Beckie, age 22, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Houston Dash (NWSL)Kadeisha Buchanan, age 21, from Brampton, ON/ FCF Olympique LyonnaisGabrielle Carle, age 18, from Lévis, QC/ CS Lévis-Est & Québec Soccer REXAllysha Chapman, age 28, from Courtice, ON/ Boston Breakers (NWSL)Sabrina D’Angelo, age 23, from Welland, ON/ North Carolina Courage (NWSL)Jessie Fleming, age 18, from London, ON/ UCLA (NCAA)Jordyn Huitema, age 15, from Chilliwack, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX Stephanie Labbé, age 30, from Edmonton, AB/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)Alex Lamontagne, age 20, from Whitby, ON/ Durham United FC (League1 Ontario)Ashley Lawrence, age 21, from Caledon, ON/ Paris St-Germain FCMarie Levasseur, age 19, from Stoneham, QC/ University of Memphis (NCAA)Nichelle Prince, age 21, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)Deanne Rose, age 17, from Alliston, ON/ Scarborough GS UnitedRebecca Quinn, age 21, from Toronto, ON/ Duke University (NCAA)Sophie Schmidt, age 28, from Abbotsford, BC/ FFC Frankfurt (Bundesliga)Desiree Scott, age 29, from Winnipeg, MB/ FC Kansas City (NWSL)Kailen Sheridan, age 21, from Whitby, ON/ Sky Blue FC (NWSL)Christine Sinclair, age 33, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns FC (NWSL)Sarah Stratigakis, age 17, from Woodbridge, ON/ Aurora United FC (League1 Ontario)Hannah Taylor, age 17, from Edmonds, WA/ Eastside FCShelina Zadorsky, age 23, from London, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)