Canada thinks Price is right

Ancaster’s Haillie Price is taking her steps towards major international competition.

Price, who plays for the Burlington Tigers, is one of 25 players attending the Canadian women’s U-17 team’s camp at Laval, QC. Head Coach Ian Bridge has selected the players for the nine-day camp that will help begin Canada’s preparations for the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship next March.

“From what I have seen in my scouting for the past ten months, this is a talented group of young soccer players,” said coach Bridge. “The group, however, certainly lacks international experience. Only two players in the squad, Diamond Simpson and injured goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo, were on Canada’s team at last year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup New Zealand 2008.”

This will be the first women’s U-17 camp organized for this age group. In 2009 Bridge watched and scouted thousands of players across the country. In particular were the 2009 BMO National Championships Nutrilite All Stars in Laval, QC (July), the 2009 Canada Games Women’s Soccer Tournament in Summerside, PE (August), the 2009 BMO National Championships adidas U-16 Cup in Winnipeg, MB (October), and through the National Training Centres (January-October).

Canada, whose title sponsor is BMO Financial Group, is working towards the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Trinidad & Tobago 2010. The team will feature players born in 1993 or later. To qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, Canada must finish amongst the top-two teams at the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship in March 2010. Canada won bronze at the last CONCACAF tournament in 2008 before reaching the quarter-final stage at the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup New Zealand 2008.