Canada Adjusts Roster for CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying

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Canadian Soccer AssociationCanada has announced it will add Alyscha Mottershead to its 20-player roster for the upcoming 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Mottershead will replace Diana Matheson, who has not yet returned to full fitness following surgery in November. Mottershead had already been training with the Canadian team in California and will board the team flight to Vancouver on Saturday 14 January.

“It is a big loss not to have Diana Matheson for this tournament, but it opens the door for a young player like Alyscha Mottershead to make her mark on this team,” said Canadian head coach John Herdman. “It is massive not to have Matheson and her experience on the pitch, but she will be there to support us off the pitch in Vancouver.”

Matheson’s 130 career appearances rank third in the Canadian record books, behind one-time record holder Andrea Neil (retired, 132) and current captain Christine Sinclair (168). Matheson does hold the record for consecutive Canada matches, having once played in a streak of 45 straight matches. In 2010, she scored the winning goal in the Cyprus Women’s Cup final and was a year-end runner-up in voting for the Canadian Player of the Year award.

In 2011, Matheson scored one goal and four assists in 21 matches, including an assist on Sinclair’s game-tying goal in the Pan American Games championship final. Shortly after that gold-medal victory, Matheson underwent surgery and began rehabilitation in preparation for the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. She is not yet ready to return to international duty, although she will remain with the team in Vancouver in an off-the-pitch leadership role.

Mottershead had already been training with the Canadian team in California in case Matheson was not ready to join the tournament roster. Mottershead of Brampton, ON is just 20 years old, having made her international debut in November as a substitute in Canada’s 2:1 victory over Sweden. She currently plays her club football at Syracuse University in USA.

While this will be Mottershead’s first participation in an international “A” competition, she does have the experience from both the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship (bronze) and inaugural FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup New Zealand 2008. She wore the captain’s armband in Canada’s 1:0 victory over Mexico to qualify for New Zealand 2008. In all, Mottershead profitted from more than 100 days in the Canadian youth program dating back to 2006. 

GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Sky Blue FC 
GK- Erin McLeod | SWE / Dalsjöfors G.o.I.F. 
CB- Candace Chapman | USA / Sky Blue FC 
CB- Carmelina Moscato | SWE / Piteå IF 
CB- Shannon Woeller | USA / Rutgers University 
FB- Melanie Booth | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC 
FB- Robyn Gayle | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC 
FB- Lauren Sesselmann | USA / Atlanta Beat 
FB- Chelsea Stewart | USA / UCLA 
FB- Rhian Wilkinson | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner 
M- Kaylyn Kyle | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC 
M- Alyscha Mottershead | USA / Syracuse University 
M- Kelly Parker | USA / Atlanta Beat 
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / magicJack 
M- Desiree Scott | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC 
M- Brittany Timko | Unattached / sans club 
F- Chelsea Buckland | USA / Oregon State University 
F- Christina Julien | CAN / Ottawa Fury 
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Western New York Flash 
F- Melissa Tancredi | SWE / Piteå IF 

Booth, Melanie | 1984 | Burlington, ON, CAN | Burlington Youth SC 
Buckland, Chelsea | 1990 | North Delta, BC, CAN | Walley SA 
Chapman, Candace | 1983 | Ajax, ON, CAN | Ajax United 
Gayle, Robyn | 1985 | Mississauga, ON, CAN | Mississauga Dixie Hearts 
Julien, Christina | 1988 | Williamstown, ON, CAN | Williamstown 
Kyle, Kaylyn | 1988 | Saskatoon, SK, CAN | Silverwood Rangers 
LeBlanc, Karina | 1980 | Maple Ridge, BC, CAN | Golden Ears Angels 
McLeod, Erin | 1983 | Edmonton & Calgary, AB, CAN | St. Albert 
Moscato, Carmelina | 1984 | Mississauga, ON, CAN | Dixie SC 
Mottershead, Alyscha | 1991 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brams United Girls SC 
Parker, Kelly | 1981 | Saskatoon, SK, CAN | Saskatoon United SC 
Schmidt, Sophie | 1988 | Abbotsford, BC, CAN | Abbotsford 
Scott, Desiree | 1987 | Winnipeg, MB, CAN | Maples Cougars 
Sesselmann, Lauren | 1983 | Green Bay, WI, USA | St. Bernard Elementary School 
Sinclair, Christine | 1983 | Burnaby, BC, CAN | South Burnaby Metro Club Bees 
Stewart, Chelsea | 1990 | Denver, CO, USA & The Pas, MB, CAN | Real Colorado 
Tancredi, Melissa | 1981 | Ancaster, ON, CAN | Ancaster 
Timko, Brittany | 1985 | Coquitlam, BC, CAN | Coquitlam City Panthers 
Wilkinson, Rhian | 1982 | Baie d’Urfé, QC, CAN | Lakeshore 
Woeller, Shannon | 1990 | Vancouver, BC, CAN | Douglas Park 

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