By Celia Balf
Canada Soccer announced their 18-player squad for an international friendly against France on Monday, April 9 at Roazhon Park in Rennes, France.
World No. 4 Canada has nine current NWSL players named to the roster to take on World No. 5 France in Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash), Allysha Chapman (North Carolina Courage), Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride), Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit), Desiree Scott (Utah Royals FC), Diana Matheson (Utah Royals FC), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC), Janine Beckie (Sky Blue FC), and Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash).
This past weekend in NWSL week 2 action, CANWNT captain Sinclair scored a brace to lift the Thorns over the Chicago Red Stars 3-2.
The CANWNT are preparing for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October which will see the top three nations qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
— Christine Sinclair (@sincy12) April 1, 2018
“France is definitely on their way up with some young players well engrained into the team and strong veteran players, so they are planning for the FIFA Women’s World Cup they will be hosting next year and they are in good shape,” Canada women’s national team head coach Kenneth said in the team’s press release. “We feel this will be a very equal match and we are looking forward to getting to France and having a number of days to prepare for it.”Canada roster
GK Stephanie Labbé, age 31, from Stony Plain, AB/ Unattached
GK Erin McLeod, age 35, from St. Albert, AB/ FC Rosengård (Damallsvenskan)
FB Lindsay Agnew, age 23, from Kingston, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
FB Allysha Chapman, age 29, from Courtice, ON/ North Carolina Courage (NWSL)
FB Ashley Lawrence, age 22, from Caledon, ON/Paris Saint German (Division 1 Féminine France)
CB Shelina Zadorsky, age 25, from London, ON/ Orlando Pride (NWSL)
CB Kadeisha Buchanan, age 22, from Brampton, ON/ Olympique Lyonnais (Division 1 Féminine France)
M/CB Rebecca Quinn, age 22, from Toronto, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
M Desiree Scott, age 30, from Winnipeg, MB/ Utah Royals FC (NWSL)
M Sophie Schmidt, age 29, from Abbotsford, BC/ FFC Frankfurt (Frauen-Bundesliga)
M Jessie Fleming, age 19, from London, ON/UCLA (NCAA)
M Diana Matheson, age 33, from Oakville, ON/Utah Royals FC (NWSL)
M Julia Grosso, age 17, from Vancouver, BC / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre (British Columbia)
F Christine Sinclair, age 34, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns (NWSL)
F Deanne Rose, age 19, from Alliston, ON/ University of Florida Gators (NCAA)
F Janine Beckie, age 23, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Sky Blue FC (NWSL)
F Nichelle Prince, age 23, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
F Jordyn Huitema, age 16, from Chilliwack, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre (British Columbia)