Burlington’s Melanie Booth and Oakville’s Diana Matheson and their teammates arrived in Larnaka, Cyprus on Monday (Feb. 25) in advance of the kick-off of the 12-team international women’s tournament on March 6.
The 28-year-old Booth, who earlier this year signed with New Jersey’s Sky Blue Football Club of the National Women’s Soccer League, played her first international match with Canada’s national team when she was 17-year-old. She was a member of Canada’s bronze medal winning team at the 2012 summer Olympic Games.Matheson is best known for scoring Canada’s bronze medal goal in the team’s 1-0 victory over France. The 28-year-old signed with the NWSL’s Washington Spirit this year.
She has been a member of Canada’s national team since 2003.
Canada’s squad features five players who will be taking part in their first camp since the team’s bronze-medal triumph at London 2012. Eighteen of the 25 players were part of the Canadian team at the 2013 Yongchuan Cup in January in China.
Captain Christine Sinclair will be eligible to make her return to competitive action in the team´s second match at the Cyprus Cup on 8 March against Finland.
For Head Coach John Herdman, the pre-tournament camp in Cyprus represents an important opportunity to bring together a diverse group of players ahead a challenging schedule of international fixtures.
Canada finished in second place at the 2012 Cyprus Women’s Cup, losing 2-0 to France in the tournament final.
The team will kick-off its campaign at the 2013 edition of the tournament with a match against Switzerland on March 6 at the GSZ Stadium in Larnaka.
The Canadians will then take on Finland on March 8 at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia; before returning to action against the Netherlands to close out group play on March 11.