Canada Soccer Tuesday announced its roster for the SheBelieves Cup.
As expected, the team will be without injured captain and striker Christine Sinclair, 37, who is the world’s all-time international goal-scorer (186).
This will mark Canada’s first participation at the four-team international tournament, which will take place from Feb. 18-24 at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Canada will kick off the tournament when they face USA Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Maple Leafs will play Argentina on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. and Brazil Feb. 24 at 4 p.m.
All three Canada matches will be broadcast live by One Soccer and the USA and Brazil matches as special presentations on CBC. Fans will also find extended coverage across Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter featuring the social media hashtag #CANWNT.
“The SheBelieves Cup will provide a great opportunity for players to rise up and show that they can compete at this Olympic level,” Canada head coach Bev Priestman said in a statement. “The tournament will be used to assess the player pool and players’ readiness to achieve our goals at the Olympic Games. Ultimately this sort of competition is exactly where we all want to be, pushing ourselves as we move forward in this journey.”
The roster features a mix of veterans and young players, including five players who could make their national team debut. The squad includes 12 players that were part of the first Canadian Olympic team to win back-to-back medals at a summer Olympic Games in more than a century at Rio 2016. That includes two-time Olympic bronze medallists Desiree Scott and Sophie Schmidt. Schmidt will record her 200th cap for Canada with her next appearance.
Among the five players yet to make their first international “A” appearance is the most recent Canadian youth international player of the year Jade Rose. Other potential debutants are Evelyne Viens of Sky Blue FC, Jordyn Listro of Orlando Pride, Rylee Foster of Liverpool FC and Samantha Chang of University of South Carolina.
The Canada roster will also feature goalkeepers Stephanie Labbé and Kailen Sheridan, center backs Vanessa Gilles, Quinn, and Shelina Zadorsky, fullbacks Lindsay Agnew, Gabrielle Carle, Allysha Chapman and Jayde Riviere, midfielders Jessie Fleming, Julia Grosso and Sarah Stratigakis and forwards Janine Beckie, Adriana Leon, Nichelle Prince and Deanne Rose.
“I know that every player who puts on the Canadian jersey will give everything they have to get a result and make their country proud,” Priestman said. “I have been really impressed by the mindset and application of this group of players since the beginning of our February camp, and I can’t wait to see them in action against some of the best teams in the world.”
1 – GK- Stephanie Labbé | SWE / FC Rosengård
2 – FB- Allysha Chapman | USA / Houston Dash
3 – CB- Jade Rose| CAN / Super REX Ontario
4 – CB- Shelina Zadorsky | ENG / Tottenham Hotspur
5 – CB – Quinn | USA / OL Reign FC
6 – F- Deanne Rose | USA / University of Florida
7 – M- Julia Grosso | USA / University of Texas at Austin
8 – M- Samantha Chang| USA / University of South Carolina
9 – F- Evelyne Viens| USA / Sky Blue FC
10 – M – Sarah Stratigakis | USA / University of Michigan
11 – M- Desiree Scott | USA / Kansas City NWSL
12 – GK- Rylee Foster| ENG / Liverpool FC
13 – M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Houston Dash
14 – FB- Gabrielle Carle| USA / Florida State University
15 – F- Nichelle Prince | USA / Houston Dash
16 – F- Janine Beckie | ENG / Manchester City FC
17 – M- Jessie Fleming | ENG / Chelsea FC
18 – GK- Kailen Sheridan | USA / Sky Blue FC
19 – F- Adriana Leon | ENG / West Ham United FC
20 – FB- Jayde Riviere | USA / University of Michigan
21 – M– Jordyn Listro| USA / Orlando Pride
22 – FB- Lindsay Agnew | USA / NC Courage
23 – CB- Vanessa Gilles| FRA / FC Girondins de Bordeaux