10 NWSL players named to Canada roster ahead of friendly vs. Norway
Canada will take on Norway on November 28
Houston Dash forward Janine Beckie in action for Canada (Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)
Houston Dash forward Janine Beckie in action for Canada (Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Coach John Herdman has named 10 NWSL players to Canada’s roster for their upcoming friendly vs. Norway. The game will take place in Marbella, Spain, on Tuesday, November 28.

Houston Dash forward Janine Beckie and Boston Breakers forward Adriana Leon, who both scored earlier this month vs. the United States, lead the way on the roster.

They are joined by Maegan Kelly (new Utah NWSL team), who earned her first two caps for Canada in those games. Kelly earned her first cap on November 9, entering as a substitute in the 71st minute and nearly scored her first international goal shortly after, but her effort hit the post. She earned her first start on November 12 in Canada’s second game vs. the United States.

Also on the roster: Stephanie Labbé (Washington Spirit), Lindsay Agnew (Washington Spirit), Allysha Chapman (Boston Breakers), Shelina Zadorsky (Washington Spirit), Desiree Scott (new Utah NWSL team), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash) and Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC).

The game vs. Norway, ranked No. 14 in the world, will be Canada’s final match of 2017.

“I think Norway are genuinely one of Europe’s elite, so we are expecting to come up against a well organised, physical team, who are adopting a different style of play that is more possession based as opposed to direct and counter-attacking, so it will be a real tough match and exactly what we want to close the year out,” Herdman said in Canada’s official release.

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Roster

GOALKEEPERS: Stephanie Labbé (Washington Spirit), Erin McLeod (FC Rosengård)

FULLBACKS: Lindsay Agnew (Washington Spirit), Allysha Chapman (Boston Breakers), Ashley Lawrence (Paris Saint German), Shannon Woeller (FF USV Jena)

CENTERBACKS: Shelina Zadorsky (Washington Spirit), Kadeisha Buchanan (Olympique Lyonnais)

MIDFIELDER/FULLBACK: Maegan Kelly (new Utah NWSL team)

MIDFIELDERS: Desiree Scott (new Utah NWSL team), Sophie Schmidt (FFC Frankfurt)

FORWARDS: Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC), Janine Beckie (Houston Dash), Adriana Leon (Boston Breakers), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash), Jordyn Huitema (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre), Jenna Hellstrom (FC Rosengård), Amelia Pietrangelo (FF USV Jena)

Pending availability due to NCAA action: Rebecca Quinn (Duke), Deanne Rose (University of Florida), Jessie Fleming (UCLA)


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