CANWNT names squad for World Cup send-off match against Mexico

Canada Soccer’s women’s national team has unveiled its squad to face Mexico, a send-off match set for BMO Field in Toronto on Saturday 18 May.

The match will serve as Canada’s official send-off match before this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ as well as an important tune-up before final squad selections are confirmed at the end of the month.

The match also provides fans with an opportunity to watch Christine Sinclair on home soil as she closes in on the International goal scoring record of 184 goals.

The Canada-Mexico match kicks off at 1 p.m. ET at BMO Field in downtown Toronto and will be broadcast live on TSN, RDS and OneSoccer (1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT). It will be the last home match for Canada before they head to Europe for their pre-competition training camp ahead of the 10 June FIFA Women’s World Cup™ group opener against Cameroon in Montpellier, France.

“Heading into an away FIFA Women’s World Cup, we hope that the echo from our Canadian fans back home will carry us through our month in France,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach and Women’s National EXCEL Director. “The players are really looking forward to having the fans cheering for us, so we will put on a show and give us the momentum as we head to France. It is important that both our performance and fan support at our send-off match in Toronto has a resounding effect on our players for a long period of time.”

While the final FIFA Women’s World Cup™ roster will be announced later this month, Canada has called in a squad of 22 players for the home international match in Toronto. The squad features a mix of veterans and young players, including teenagers Julia Grosso, Jayde Riviere, Jordyn Huitema, and first-time call up Jade Rose.

In all, 13 of the 22 players in Toronto are hoping to make their FIFA Women’s World Cup™ debut this June. Alongside the four teenagers, other potential FIFA Women’s World Cup™ debutants are Lindsay Agnew, Janine Beckie, Gabrielle Carle, Vanessa Gilles, Nichelle Prince, Rebecca Quinn, Deanne Rose, Kailen Sheridan, and Shelina Zadorsky.

Veterans in the Toronto squad, all of whom helped Canada finish in sixth place at the record-setting FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, are captain Christine Sinclair, Allysha Chapman, Jessie Fleming, Stephanie Labbé, Ashley Lawrence, Adriana Leon, Diana Matheson, Sophie Schmidt, and Desiree Scott.

Sinclair, who has three goals in five games thus far in 2019, has 180 international goals in her career, and 16 career goals against Mexico. Sinclair has had four multi-goal games against Mexico in her career.

See the full squad below.

12- F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
1- GK- Stephanie Labbé | USA / NC Courage
2- FB- Allysha Chapman | USA / Houston Dash
4- CB- Shelina Zadorsky | USA / Orlando Pride
5- CB- Rebecca Quinn | FRA / Paris FC
6- W- Deanne Rose | USA / University of Florida
7- M- Julia Grosso | CAN / University of Texas at Austin
8- M- Diana Matheson | USA / Utah Royals FC
9- F- Jordyn Huitema | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX
10- FB- Ashley Lawrence | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain
11- M- Desiree Scott | USA / Utah Royals FC
13- M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Houston Dash
14- FB- Jayde Riviere | CAN / Markham SC & Ontario Super REX
15- W- Nichelle Prince | USA / Houston Dash
16- W- Janine Beckie | ENG / Manchester City FC
17- M- Jessie Fleming | USA / UCLA
19- W- Adriana Leon | ENG / West Ham United FC
21- GK- Kailen Sheridan | USA / Sky Blue FC
22- FB- Lindsay Agnew | USA / Houston Dash
23- F- Gabrielle Carle | USA / Florida State University
24- CB- Vanessa Gilles | FRA / FC Girondins de Bordeaux
25- CB- Jade Rose | CAN / Unionville Milliken SC & Ontario Super REX