Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Canadian women are seen firing aggressively at the CONCACAF W Championships in Mexico

After scoring six goals in six matches this year, the Canadian women’s soccer team is looking to kick their offense into high gear in the CONCACAF W Championship.

After scoring six goals in six matches this year, the Canadian women’s soccer team is looking to kick their offense into high gear in the CONCACAF W Championship.

And there’s a lot more on the line as Canada, the reigning Olympic champion currently ranked sixth in the world, opened Tuesday night against No. 76 Trinidad and Tobago in Monterrey, Mexico.

The eight-team tournament, which runs until 18 July, serves as a qualifier for both the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the 2024 Olympics in Paris in North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The first World Cup and the Olympics were different in qualifying territory.

Canada Women are coming out of a disappointing 0-0 draw with No.18 South Korea in Toronto on 26 June. In February, Canada scored just three goals against elite opposition at the Arnold Clark Cup in England, where Priestman’s team drew 1–1 to No.8 England, 1-0 to No.5 Germany and No.7 Spain. lost by 1-0.

There was more firepower on display in April, with a total of four goals in a win and tie with No. 39 Nigeria.

Canada relied on a skimpy defense on its way to Olympic gold last summer in Tokyo, beating the opposition 6-4 in six matches, two of which ended in penalty shootouts.

In the 10 games since the Olympics, Canada has scored more than one goal just three times, posting a 4-4-2 record.

“I know this group can do anything when it really matters,” said Canada coach Bev Priestman.

“If we see us do better than any other team, then I am really comfortable that this team can go into its day with the right mindset, the right attitude and do what represents the talent in the group,” she said. Told. added. “And I think I’ve seen it in the last three days. We feel ready. We can’t wait for that ball to roll… the goals will come, I have no doubt about it, the pitch with the right people and The right partnership.”

In Pool B, Canada and Trinidad are playing 37th with Costa Rica and 57th Panama. Group A is made up of the top-ranked US, No. 26 Mexico, No. 51 Jamaica and No. 60 Haiti.

The top two teams from each of the two groups advance to the semi-finals, qualifying directly for the 2023 World Cup. The two third-placed teams advance to the World Cup Intercontinental Playoffs.

The CONCACAF W champion qualifies for both the 2024 Olympics and the inaugural CONCACAF W Gold Cup, also scheduled for 2024. The runners-up and third-place teams will meet in the CONCACAF Olympic playoffs, scheduled for September 2023, with the winner making their bookings. Ticket to 2024 Olympics and Gold Cup.

Priestman said 39-year-old captain Christine Sinclair, who did not play against South Korea, will be ready if needed

“It will just be a matter of being ready for Christine, during the group stage, when it really matters. I think that’s the important part,” she said.

“I’m happy to say that people will see Christine in this first game,” he said.

Canadian Women beat Soca Warriors 34-0 to win all eight matches with Trinidad and Tobago.

The last time they met, Canada won 6-0, the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championships in Houston. Sinclair scored his 159th international goal in that game, taking his previous Mia Haim to second place on the world’s all-time scoring list.

Trinidad coach Kenvin Jones expects a tough challenge from the Canadian players.

“It’s no secret what their talent is and how good they are. But at the same time, in order to reach the goal that we want to achieve, these are the teams that had to play,” said the former Trinidad international striker. .

“For any team, for any player, challenges like these are joyous,” he said. “It’s how you test yourself…and to see how well you can stand the test and what you might need to do to get better. Football is won on the field, on the day.” And anything can happen.”

Trinidad won their way into the W Championship, qualifying Group F with a 3–0–1 record with fullback Liana Hinds (Hibernian, Scotland) and midfielders Karen Forbes (Police FC, Trinidad), Chelsea Ralph (Ball State University) and Hope. I stayed on top. James (West Texas A&M University) led.

It is a youth team with 16 of the 23 players born in or after 1998.

Jones, who took over the team last November after a brief stint as interim coach, said: “The team needed to refresh itself. There was a need to add new blood and add more blood.”

Jones’ club career, 37, included stints with England’s Southampton, Sunderland, Stoke City and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United.

Canada has won the CONCACAF Championship twice (1998 and 2010) and has been runner-up five times (1991, 1994, 2002, 2006 and 2018). It has participated in 10 CONCACAF tournaments, except the 2014 event, as it was the host of the 2015 World Cup. Canada’s career record in CONCACAF competition is 29-9-1.

Ten of Sinclair’s world record 189 international goals at the CONCACAF Championships have come.

Trinidad and Tobago is the only team to have competed in each of the CONCACAF W Championships. Its best performance was third in 1991, with fourth-place performances in 1993, 1994 and 2014. Its career record in the tournament is 7-21-5.

Canada roster

Goalkeepers: Sabrina D’Angelo, Vitsjo GIK (Sweden); Lycian Proulx, Unattached; Callen Sheridan, San Diego Wave (NWSL).

Defenders: Kadisha Buchanan, Chelsea (England); Elisha Chapman, Houston Dash (NWSL); Vanessa Giles, Angel City FC (NWSL); Ashley Lawrence, Paris Saint-Germain (France); Jayde Riviere, AFC Ann Arbor (USL W-League); Bianca Saint-Georges, Chicago Red Stars (NWSL); Shelina Zadorsky, Tottenham (England); Zoe Burns, University of Southern California (NCAA).

Midfielders: Jesse Fleming, Chelsea (England); Julia Grosso, Juventus (Italy); Quinn, Rajbhasha Raj (NWSL); Sophie Schmidt, Houston Dash (NWSL); Desiree Scott, Kansas City Current (NWSL).

Forwards: Janine Becky, Portland Thorns (NWSL); Jordan Huitema, Government of Official Language (NWSL); Chloe Lacasse, Benfica (Portugal); Adriana Lyon, West Ham (England); Nickel Prince, Houston Dash (NWSL); Dean Rose, Reading (England); Christine Sinclair (Captain), Portland Thorns (NWSL).

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 4, 2022

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

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