Coming off a training camp in California that hosted two closed-door training games in which Canada defeated Mexico 1-0 (Jessie Fleming goal) and drew a 1-1 game with the United States (Sophie Schmidt goal), the Canadian National Team will return from a week long training camp in Mexico and head to Hamilton, Ontario to face England Friday, May 29th.
Canada is playing with the 23-player World Cup roster named on April 27th. Many of the 2012 Olympics Bronze team is included, with few surprises outside of Selenia Iacchelli and first-year allocation Allysha Chapman.
The Lionesses are sitting on a 4 game winning streak after defeating China 2-1 in April, as well as Canada, Australia and Finland in March. Their only loss this year came from their February game against the United States. The last time the two teams met was at the final in Cyprus, where England ended Canada's winning streak with a chip over keeper Erin McLeod in the 67th minute by Lianne Sanderson.
Points to Note:
The status of Diana Matheson is still questionable, with the midfielder coming back from not only an ACL injury but a broken foot as well. Nonetheless, with youngster Jessie Fleming alongside Sophie Schmidt and, of course, captain Christine Sinclair, Canada has the means to score.
Goalkeepers Karina LeBlanc and Stephanie Labbe split the Mexico game, with Erin McLeod in goal for the United States game. McLeod did not play in the 4-Nations Cup earlier this year, and was sidelined when the Canadians played with the Dash earlier this month. Canada won the 4-Nations Cup with Labbe in goal for all games. With three suitable keepers on the roster, who will start on any given day is a toss-up.
The game will also be the 100th cap for forward Melissa Tancredi. If tradition holds, she will be captain for the match in her hometown.
Canada v. England
May 29th, Tim Horton's Field, Hamilton, ON
Available on TSN in Canada & BBC in England (For everyone else, may the odds be in your favor of finding a working stream!)