Soccer: Canadian women look to extend win streak in Brazil

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Canada, boosted by the return of captain Christine Sinclair and Ashley Lawrence, tackle a well-recognized foe in Brazil on Friday in the primary of a two-game worldwide pleasant sequence.


The seventh-ranked Canadian women meet No. 9 Brazil in Santos first earlier than the return match Tuesday in Sao Paulo.


Canada has an 8-9-9 file in opposition to Brazil since they first met in 1996.


Their most up-to-date assembly was on the Tokyo Olympics the place the Canadians prevailed 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the quarterfinal recreation completed knotted at 0-0.


“I believe they’ve advanced because the Olympics Games,” coach Bev Priestman stated Thursday. “I can do not forget that recreation wasn’t essentially the most thrilling recreation. I believe you had two fatigued groups ΓǪ I do suppose they’ve added legs to the workforce.”


“It will symbolize what we have all the time see from Brazil, which is a extremely robust recreation,” she added. “They’re nice on transition. We’re going to have all of our requirements and habits each defensively but additionally be courageous in assault to unlock them and try to damage them.”


Canada additionally downed Brazil 2-1 in the bronze-medal recreation on the 2016 Rio Olympics.


Priestman is as soon as once more lacking gamers.


Janine Beckie (Portland), Vanessa Gilles (Olympique Lyonnais, France), Deanne Rose (Reading, England), Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash) and collegiate gamers Simi Awujo and Zoe Burns (USC), Jade Rose (Harvard) and Jayde Riviere (University of Michigan) are all unavailable.


The Canadian women are driving a four-game win streak going into the Brazil journey.


But Sinclair, Lawrence and Gabrielle Carle, lacking in the October window that noticed wins over No. 29 Morocco (4-0) and No. 76 Argentina (2-0), return to the roster for the video games in Brazil.


The 39-year-old Sinclair and 27-year-old Lawrence have 428 Canadian caps between them.


“You’ll completely see each of these,” stated Priestman. “I believe there is likely to be like between six and eight video games left earlier than a World Cup kicks off. You look at these two gamers and so they’re an enormous a part of this workforce’s success.


“I felt the affect of each of them very in a short time (in coaching). Ashley appears to be like recent, appears to be like prepared to go. And Christine simply brings each the technical normal to the midfield but additionally the management — and simply the calmness, to be trustworthy. She’s very skilled and I believe it makes everyone else round her really feel that means too.”


Both Canada and Brazil have certified for subsequent yr’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The Canadians have been draw in Pool B with No. 13 Australia, No. 24 Ireland and No. 45 Nigeria.


Deanne Rose and Chapman stay out injured whereas Gilles is simply getting back from an harm layoff. Beckie is taking a “deliberate break” after a chronic season that began with Manchester City and completed with the Portland Thorns.


The lacking faculty gamers have faculty commitments.


With roster spots obtainable, Priestman summoned three members of the Canadian under-17 workforce.


It’s the primary senior invitations for fullback Ella Ottey and forwards Amanda Allen and Annabelle Chukwu. All three have been amongst Canada’s prime performers on the latest FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India, the place the younger Canadians failed to make the knockout spherical after going 0-1-2 in pool play.


“It’s a extremely an publicity and an opportunity to see how they match into this group. What I might say is they do not look misplaced in any respect,” stated Priestman.


Priestman’s workforce is 10-2-3 this yr with the losses coming to the top-ranked Americans (1-0) in the ultimate of the CONCACAF W Championship in Mexico in July and No. 6 Spain in the Arnold Clark Cup in England in February.


In September, the Canadians received twice (1-0 and 2-1) in Australia.


Priestman famous the Canadian women have performed a workforce from each continent in 2022.


“I do not know if that is been a factor in the previous,” she stated. “We additionally focused extra European opposition due to their presence on the World Cup.”


“So I believe (the) Australia (sequence) and this Brazil take a look at is one thing that we want,” she added.


The Canadian women is not going to be returning to the Arnold Clark Cup in February, with No. 14 Italy, No. 17 South Korea and No. 20 Belgium becoming a member of host England, ranked fourth.


Priestman stated she is on the lookout for completely different opposition in the February window.


The Canadian males, ranked forty first in the world, are additionally in motion Friday, taking over No. 85 Bahrain in Mamama. John Herdman doesn’t have his full squad for the pre-World Cup warmup, with European golf equipment nonetheless in motion.


CANADA


Goalkeepers: Sabrina D’Angelo, Vittsjo GIK (Sweden); Lysianne Proulx, SCU Torreense (Portugal); Kailen Sheridan, San Diego Wave (NWSL).


Defenders: Kadeisha Buchanan, Chelsea (England); Gabrielle Carle, Kristianstads DFF (Sweden); Ashley Lawrence, Paris Saint-Germain (France); Marie Levasseur, Fleury FC (France); Ella Ottey, National Development Centre Ontario; Bianca St-Georges, Chicago Red Stars (NWSL); Sura Yekka, Le Havre AC (France); Shelina Zadorsky, Tottenham (England).


Midfielders: Jessie Fleming, Chelsea (England); Julia Grosso, Juventus (Italy); Quinn, OL Reign (NWSL); Sophie Schmidt, Houston Dash (NWSL); Desiree Scott, Kansas City Current (NWSL); Christine Sinclair (capt.), Portland Thorns (NWSL).


Forwards: Amanda Allen, National Development Centre Ontario; Annabelle Chukwu, National Development Centre Ontario; Jordyn Huitema, OL Reign (NWSL); Cloe Lacasse, SL Benfica (Portugal); Clarissa Larisey, Glasgow Celtic (Scotland); Adriana Leon, Manchester United (England); Nichelle Prince, Houston Dash (NWSL); Evelyne Viens, Kristianstads DFF (Sweden).

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