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The 18 going to Rio!

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Photo via Canada Soccer

This morning Canada Soccer announced the 18-woman roster that will be representing Canada in the Rio Olympics!

Janine Beckie, Highlands Ranch, CO
Josée Bélanger, Coaticook, QC
Kadeisha Buchanan, Brampton, ON
Allysha Chapman, Courtice, ON
Sabrina D’Angelo, Welland, ON
Jessie Fleming, London, ON
Stephanie Labbé, Stony Plain, AB
Ashley Lawrence, Caledon, ON
Diana Matheson, Oakville, ON
Nichelle Prince, Ajax, ON
Rebecca Quinn, Toronto, ON
Deanne Rose, Alliston, ON
Sophie Schmidt, Abbotsford, BC
Desiree Scott, Winnipeg, MB
Christine Sinclair, Burnaby, BC
Melissa Tancredi, Ancaster, ON
Rhian Wilkinson, Baie-d’Urfé, QC
Shelina Zadorsky, London, ON

There were no surprises with this roster announcement as John Herdman had been saying since the Algarve Cup in March that he was fairly set on his players. As it would happen, injuries were the deciding factor for narrowing down the roster to the 18 that would be chosen to go to Rio as both Erin McLeod and Gabrielle Carle were cut from the 18 for Rio, and both are injured. Also currently injured, Sabrina D’Angelo did make the Rio roster but she is expected to heal and be ready before the tournament.

One of the more interesting questions with this announcement is who are Herdman’s alternates? With the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup his alternate list include Janine Beckie, Sabrina D’Angelo, Rebecca Quinn, Sura Yekka, and Brittany Baxter. Three of those five names are on this current roster. The alternate list for Rio is: Marie Eve Nault, Kaylyn Kyle, Kailen Sheridan, and Gabrielle Carle. Both Nault and Kyle were on the World Cup roster, and will only be called upon if any of the other players on the roster are injured before the tournament. Sheridan could be called upon if D’Angelo can’t heal in time, and she’ll remain with the team in training camp just in case that scenario occurs.

The Olympic tournament matches starts on Wednesday, August 3rd and runs until Saturday, August 20th. Put these dates in your calendar ASAP!

WED, AUG 3 – CANADA VS. AUSTRALIA – 2PM ET

SAT, AUG 6 – CANADA VS. ZIMBABWE – 2PM ET

TUE, AUG 9 – CANADA VS. GERMANY –  3PM ET

AUG 12-13 – QUARTER-FINALS

AUG 16-17 – SEMI-FINALS

AUG 19-20 – 3RD + FINAL

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