Canada Soccer has named the 21-player squad for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 that begins on Sept. 30.
With experienced players, including Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Deanne Rose and youth program veterans Sarah Stratigakis, Anyssa Ibrahim and Lysianne Proulx in the mix for Jordan, Canada Soccer National EXCEL 14-17 director and U17 Coach Bev Humphries-Priestman has delivered a well-rounded roster that blends international experience with newly identified talent.
Of the 21-player roster, 18 were members of the team that recently competed in a CAF four-nation tournament hosted by China PR that provided coach Humphries-Priestman with some critical insight into the future potential of some new faces, hence their inclusion.
The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 21, with the 32 matches to be played at four stadiums in Amman, Irbid and Al Zarqa. Canada will face Cameroon on Sept. 30 in Irbid, Germany on Oct. 3 in Amman, and Venezuela on Oct. 7 again in Amman in the group phase.
Canada’s appearance at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 will be the fifth consecutive appearance for Canada in the ultimate women’s U-17 event, marking Canada’s position as the only CONCACAF team to have qualified for all editions of the tournament. Canada opened the inaugural event in 2008 with a 1-0 win over hosts New Zealand and has appeared in the quarter-finals in three of the four previous editions.
Canada’s Roster (position and current club)
GK- Sophie Guilmette, 15, from Montreal, QC (CS Lakeshore)
GK- Lysianne Proulx, 17, from Boucherville, QC (AS Varennes)
GK- Marissa Zucchetto, 17, from Mississauga, ON (Aurora United FC)
CB- Samantha Chang, 16, from Mississauga, ON (Unionville-Milliken SC)
CB- Hannah Taylor, 17, from Edmonds, WA, USA (Eastside FC)
FB- Ashley Cathro, 16, from Victoria, BC (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex)
FB- Julia Grosso, 16, from Vancouver, BC (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex)
FB- Nadège L’Esperance | CAN / Lakeshore SC
FB- Emma Regan, 16, from Burnaby, BC (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex)
M- Marika Guay, 16, from Châteauguay, QC (CS Saint-Lambert)
M- Kaela Hansen, 16, from Vancouver, BC (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex)
M- Anyssa Ibrahim, 17, from Repentigny, QC (AS Varennes)
M- Vital Kats, 16, from Toronto, ON (Scarborough GS United)
M- Caitlin Shaw, 15, from Vancouver, BC (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex)
M- Sarah Stratigakis, 17, from Woodbridge, ON (Aurora United FC)
F- Mikayla Dayes, 16, from Brampton, ON (Woodbridge SC)
F – Jordyn Huitema, 15, from Chilliwack, BC (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex)
F- Florence Laroche, 16, from Mirabel, QC (Lakeshore SC)
F- Lauren Raimondo, 17, from Niagara Falls, ON (Unionville-Milliken SC)
F- Jayde Riviere, 15, from Markham, ON (Markham SC)
F- Deanne Rose, 17, from Alliston, ON (Scarborough GS United)
– Canada Soccer