Canada to open against Netherlands in Brazil in Women’s Soccer

Canada opens its final women’s international competition of the 2010 soccer season this Thursday 9 December in São Paulo, Brazil. Canada faces Netherlands in its first of four matches at the Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo. The match kicks off at 19.45 local (16.45 ET / 13.45 PT).

Following the team’s opener against Netherlands on Thursday, Canada will play Mexico on 12 December in a re-match of November’s championship final at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, a match Canada won 1:0. Canada will face hosts Brazil on 15 December and complete the tournament on 19 December in either the championship or 3rd place match.

Canadian head coach Carolina Morace said that the team is eagerly anticipating the start of the competition. Morace is looking to use the four matches in Brazil to try a variety of players and tactics.

Thursday’s match will mark the sixth time Canada and Netherlands have met in international competition. Canada holds an advantage in the all-time head-to-head record having won three and drawn two in the five matches played. The two nations share a long history at this level having first met in 1988 (a one-one draw) during the first official FIFA Women’s Competition which was held in China.

This will be Canada’s 15th match of its 2010 season during which it has posted a record of 11 victories, one draw, and two losses. The Canadian squad has won its last six matches dating back to the 3:1 victory over China at BMO Field in Toronto on 30 September. The current win streak includes the team’s perfect record of five wins from five matches played en-route to the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

Morace has called-up three players from the recently completed Canadian U-18 camp which ran alongside the national A camp from 29 November to 8 December in São Paulo. Goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo, Midfielder Diamond Simpson, and Forward Marie-Laurence Ouellet will all be looking to make their senior debuts after joining the senior side for the four match competition.

Canada, whose title sponsor is Winners and presenting sponsor is Teck, was drawn into Group A at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 along with hosts Germany, France, and Nigeria. The Canadian’s will take on Germany in the opening match of the tournament on 26 June 2011. For Canada 2011 will mark the fifth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup in which it has participated.

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