ANALYSIS – The CanWNT Concacaf W Championship Roster was revealed on Tuesday. They will have twenty-seven women roster on the team.
The CanWNT Concacaf W Championship Roster Revealed for Next Month
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Announces Roster For Beginning Of June International Window!
Tickets v Korea Republic at BMO Field 26 June
— CAN Soccer’s WNT (@CANWNT) June 14, 2022
CanWNT Concacaf W Championship Headliners
CanWNT winger, Adriana Leon, is on the roster for the CanWNT. She was part of the games against Nigeria but missed the Arnold Clark Cup because of an injury. Leon has a way of finding herself in the right positions to score, just like in the 1-0 win over New Zealand last year.
Forward, Nichelle Prince, is in fine form with the Houston Dash. She has already scored her season-high in goals as the season is not finished yet. This included scoring her first-ever hat-trick on June 4 against the Orlando Pride. She also has a lot of speed, which can be seen in games like the SheBelieves Cup game against the USWNT. James Clarkson, who coached Prince in 2019, said this about her according to John Molinaro of CBC News:
“Our expectations are incredibly high for Nichelle. I’ve been on record numerous times saying how much I admire her play and what she brings to the team. I think she’s going to be an absolute superstar,” Clarkson said during pre-season training camp.”
Forward and midfielder, Christine Sinclair, and forward, Janine Beckie’s chemistry will also be something to look at. Both players play for the Portland Thorns FC and were linking up plays with the CanWNT against Nigeria a lot at BC Place. Sinclair has the most International goals in the CanWNT history while Beckie has played well in Vancouver against Nigeria and also scored a goal against England in the Arnold Clark Cup.
Forward, Évelyne Viens is also another player to watch out for. She is a forward NY/NJ Gotham FC. She has been loaned to Paris FC, where she scored 11 goals in 14 appearances and also scored seven goals in 14 appearances at Kristianstads. Viens is currently playing for Kristianstads. There are also obviously other big names including midfielder Jessie Fleming, and centre-backs, Vanessa Gilles and Kadeisha Buchanan. Players who played a big role in Canada won the Olympic Gold medal last year.
The CanWNT Concacaf W Championship Roster and the South Korea Friendly
Prediction: Finishes second in the Concacaf W Championship
— CAN Soccer’s WNT (@CANWNT) June 16, 2022
The CanWNT Concacaf W Championship roster will be playing some big games within the next few months. They should finish anywhere between first and third in the competition. Anything less and it will be a disappointing campaign by the defending Summer Olympic champions. Canada does have the tools to defeat Mexico, even though it will be hard playing in Mexico.
However, it does look like the CanWNT has the better team. The USWNT will be the team to beat. They might have trouble with the CanWNT defence, but have a roster that can at least score one or two goals against any team in Concacaf. This is what Beverly Priestman said about the upcoming games and their roster returning for Toronto in the friendly against South Korea according to the Canadian Press:
“We’re excited to get another game in front of our fans and to have many players from the Toronto area return home for the first time in a long time,” Priestman said in a statement. “The June window is about selecting the final 23-player roster and working on ourselves heading into a critical tournament this summer.”
Games coming up for the CanWNT
The CanWNT will start to play in Toronto, Ontario against South Korea at 3:00 p.m. ET in BMO Field. South Korea is the Asian Finalists, who defeated Australia. Australia finished fourth in the 2020 Summer Olympics, so they are not a team that Canada should underestimate.
The CanWNT starts their Concacaf W Championship against Trinidad and Tobago on July 5. They will then face Panama on July 8 before finishing their group stage games against Costa Rica on July 11. It is important to note that the top two teams from each group automatically qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Additionally, the third-place teams from each group go into the InterConfederation playoffs to try and make the FIFA Women’s World Cup next year.
Lastly, the top four teams will go to the knockout stage to try and win the competition and try to qualify for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The team that wins the competition goes directly into the Summer Olympics. The second and third-place teams would then play against one another in 2023, to see who becomes the second Concacaf entrant that goes into the Summer Olympics. All the games should be shown live on OneSoccer and Telus.
Photo Credit: Canada Soccer by Daniela Porcelli on February 16, 2022.
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