Canada Soccer announces roster for upcoming women's international window

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Canada Soccer has named its women's squad for the beginning of the upcoming June international window.

Head coach Bev Priestman’s roster features 28 players, including 21 Olympic champions from last summer's Tokyo Games.

The window opens with a match against South Korea on June 26 at Toronto's BMO Field.

Star striker Christine Sinclair will again serve as Canada's captain. She enters the match against the South Koreans with a record 188 international goals.

Kadeisha Buchanan, who recently won a fifth UEFA Women's Champions League with French club Lyon before joining English giant Chelsea, returns to anchor Canada's defence.

Sinclair leads the club with 310 caps, while midfielder Sophie Schmidt (212), midfielder Desiree Scott (175), Buchanan (118) and defender Ashley Lawrence (105) are the other squad members to have reached 100 international appearances.

The match against South Korea will be Canada's first since the retirement of star goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé in April.

Canada has a record of 7-1-0 against South Koreans dating back to 2000, posting a 3-0 win when they most recently met in the final of the Algarve Cup in March 2018.

"We're excited to get another game in front of our fans and to have many players from the Toronto area return home for the first time in a long time," Priestman said in a statement. "The June window is about selecting the final 23 player roster and working on ourselves heading into a critical tournament this summer.

"(South Korea) will provide a great test for us."

Canada is currently preparing for the 2022 CONCACAF W Championship, which serves as both the qualification route for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2024 Paris Olympics.

CANADA

Goalkeepers: Sabrina D'Angelo (Sweden, Vittsjö GIK); Anna Karpenko (U.S., Harvard University); Lysianne Proulx (Unattached); Kailen Sheridan (U.S., San Diego Wave FC).

Defence: Kadeisha Buchanan (England, Chelsea FC); Zoe Burns (U.S., University of Southern California); Gabrielle Carle (Sweden, Kristianstads DFF); Allysha Chapman (U.S., Houston Dash); Vanessa Gilles (U.S., Angel City FC); Ashley Lawrence (France, Paris Saint-Germain); Jayde Riviere (U.S., AFC Ann Arbour); Bianca St-Georges (U.S., Chicago Red Stars); Shelina Zadorsky (England, Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfield: Marie-Yasmine Alidou D'Anjou (Austria, SK Sturm Graz); Jessie Fleming (Chelsea); Julia Grosso (Italy, Juventus FC); Quinn (U.S., OL Reign); Sophie Schmidt (Houston); Desiree Scott (U.S., Kansas City Current); Sarah Stratigakis (Vittsjö)

Forwards: Janine Beckie (U.S., Portland Thorns FC); Jordyn Huitema (Paris Saint-Germain); Cloé Lacasse (Portugal, SL Benfica); Adriana Leon (England, West Ham United); Nichelle Prince (Houston); Deanne Rose (England, Reading FC); Christine Sinclair (Portland); Evelyne Viens (Kristianstads).

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 14, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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