Canada coach John Herdman has announced the roster for the upcoming friendlies against the United States next week and it features 12 NWSL players.
FC Kansas City forward Maegan Kelly earns her first call up to Canada’s women’s national team, and could earn her first international cap in either of the games.
Kelly’s father is from Toronto, Ontario. She is listed as a midfielder/full back on Canada’s roster. Drafted in 2014, Kelly didn’t play her first minutes for the Blues until 2017. She appeared in 22 games, starting four. Her five goals were tied for second best on the team this season. Kelly’s first career NWSL goal was an 84th minute game-tying header at home vs. the Reign in June.
Canada will first host the United States at BC Place in Vancouver on November 9 (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and then head to San Jose’s Avaya Stadium on November 12 for the second game (9 p.m. ET, FS1).
Thorns captain Christine Sinclair, who just won an NWSL title, once again will captain the Canadian side. The world’s second all-time leading international scorer has 168 goals, just 16 behind Abby Wambach’s all-time leading 184.
Also on the roster: Lindsay Agnew (Washington Spirit), Allysha Chapman (Boston Breakers), Shelina Zadorsky (Washington Spirit), Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City), Janine Beckie (Houston Dash), Adriana Leon (Boston Breakers) and Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash).
Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Roster
CENTERBACKS: Shelina Zadorsky (Washington Spirit), Rebecca Quinn (Duke), Ariel Young (Ottawa Fury and Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre)
MIDFIELDER/FULLBACK: Maegan Kelly (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS: Jessie Fleming (UCLA), Julia Grosso (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre), Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS: Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC), Janine Beckie (Houston Dash), Deanne Rose (University of Florida), Adriana Leon (Boston Breakers), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash), Jordyn Huitema (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre)