Canada has announced its 18-player roster for the Sunday, June 2 match against the USA at BMO Field in Toronto. The squad features 14 players who were part of Canada’s bronze-medal-winning team at the 2012 London Olympics.
Fourteen of the 18 players are playing for NWSL clubs, two players are headed to an U.S. college in the fall and forward Christian Julien currently plays for WFC Rossiyanka in Russia where she recently featured in the knockout stages of 2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Striker Melissa Tancredi rejoins the group for the first time since the Olympics.
Chicago Red Stars defender Rachel Quon, who played for the USA in two FIFA youth World Cups, gets her first call-up to the Canadian team.
Canada Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2) Karina LeBlanc (Portland Thorns FC), Erin McLeod (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS: (7): Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia), Robyn Gayle (Washington Spirit), Carmelina Moscato (Chicago Red Stars), Rachel Quon (Chicago Red Stars), Lauren Sesselmann (FC Kansas City), Rhian Wilkinson (Boston Breakers), Emily Zurrer (Seattle Reign FC)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Kaylyn Kyle | USA (Seattle Reign FC), Ashley Lawrence (West Virginia), Diana Matheson (Washington Spirit), Sophie Schmidt (Sky Blue FC), Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Tiffany Cameron (Seattle Reign FC), Christina Julien (WFC Rossiyanka), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC), Melissa Tancredi (unattached)
U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has named a 21-player roster that will travel to Canada in preparation for match, which will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPNews. Fans can also follow live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.
Sermanni named 15 players currently competing for clubs in the National Women’s Soccer League, four players who are playing in Europe and two rising college seniors. Sermanni will name 18 players from the training camp roster to suit up against Canada at BMO Field, which is sold out for the first meeting between these two countries since the epic semifinal match at the 2012 Olympics.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool, England), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Amber Brooks (Bayern Munich), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)