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Canadians Named to Rio Roster

Chapman and Beckie to join national team for Rio in July.

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There was little surprise Monday morning when Head Coach John Herdman released the roster for the Rio Olympics squad. Possibly the most shocking was the absence of Gabrielle Carle, who picked up an injury during the Brazil friendlies and has not played for the National Team since the April friendly against the Netherlands. The inclusion of veterans Melissa Tancredi and Rhian Wilkinson has left plenty to discuss however.

It comes as no surprise Houston will lose Janine Beckie and Allysha Chapman. Beckie has provided an offensive spark, scoring one of Houston's six goals this year. Chapman has continued to be a defensive mainstay who, as of late, has created scoring chances of her own - something Houston is lacking this year.

Rio Canada Women's National Team Olympic Roster:
Sabrina D'Angelo, WNY Flash
Stephanie Labbe, Washington Spirit
Janine Beckie, Houston Dash
Josee Belanger, Orlando Pride
Kadeisha Buchanan, West Virginia University
Allysha Chapman, Houston Dash
Jessie Fleming, unattached
Ashley Lawrence, West Virginia University
Diana Matheson, Washington Spirit
Nichelle Prince, The Ohio State University
Rebecca Quinn, Duke University
Deanne Rose, Scarborough GS United
Sophie Schmidt, FFC Frankfurt
Desiree Scott, FC Kansas City
Christine Sinclair, Portland Thorns
Melissa Tancredi, KIF Orebro
Rhian Wilkinson, unattached
Shelina Zadorsky, Washington Spirit

4 Named Alternates to the Olympic Roster:
Kaylyn Kyle, Orlando Pride
Marie Eve Nault, KIF Orebro
Kailen Sheridan, Clemson University
Gabrielle Carle

The Canadian nationals (as well as the U.S., Australian and Brazilian national players) are expected to miss all July NWSL games.