Tokyo Olympics: Canadian Women Prepare for ‘Celebration Tour’ After Olympic Soccer Success


“Bringing the 22 players together for the start of the National Women’s Team Celebration Tour was really important because this group deserves to share this moment with our loyal fans,” Canada coach Bev Priestman said in a statement. “We are all delighted to be back on the pitch together and to celebrate with our fans. “
Canada is ranked sixth in the world, compared to 23rd for New Zealand.

Canadian Women Prepare for ‘Celebration Tour’ Following Olympic Soccer Success
Priestman also invited four other players to the camp: Marie Levasseur of Fleury FC de France, Victoria Pickett of the Kansas City team of the NWSL, Jade Rose of Harvard University and Nikayla Small of Wake Forest University.

The Canadians will play their first official matches next July at the 2022 CONCACAF W Championship.
Canada won 3-0 the last time the two met, at a tournament in China in November 2019.

Canada and New Zealand have met at the last two World Cups. The teams played a scoreless draw in Edmonton in 2015, with Canada winning 2-0 in Grenoble, France in 2019.
“We thought it was also an important opportunity to evaluate and build for the future by taking a look at new players or by evaluating players we know in different positions in the environment of training as we begin the journey for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand and the 2024 Olympics, ”said Priestman.

New Zealand appointed former Czech international defender Jitka Klimkova as their women’s coach last month. Klimkova was a New Zealand youth coach and assistant coach before moving to the United States. There, she coached the US U-19 and U-20 teams and was a member of the coaching staff for the senior team that won the 2015 World Cup in Canada. .
List of Canada (x- designates a player in training)

Defenders: Kadeisha Buchanan, Olympique Lyonnais (France); Allysha Chapman, Houston Dash (NWSL); Vanessa Gilles, FC Girondins de Bordeaux (France); Ashley Lawrence, Paris Saint-Germain (France); x-Jade Rose, Harvard University (NCAA); Jayde Rivière, University of Michigan (NCAA); Shelina Zadorsky, Tottenham (England).
The Canadians are 8-1-4 all-time against the Football Ferns, with the only loss coming in their first meeting in December 1987.

Midfielder: Gabrielle Carle, Florida State University (NCAA); Jessie Fleming, Chelsea (England); Julia Grosso, University of Texas at Austin) NCAA); x-Victoria Pickett, Kansas City (NWSL); Quinn, OL Reign (NWSL); Sophie Schmidt, Houston Dash (NWSL); Desiree Scott, Kansas City (NWSL); x-Nikayla Small, Wake Forest University (NCAA).
The Canadians are 8-1-4 all-time against the Football Ferns, with the only loss coming in their first meeting in December 1987.

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