Ten Ontario players, including one from Ancaster and one from Oakville, will get to test their skills against the reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup champions later this month.
Ancaster’s Melissa Tancredi and Oakville’s Diana Matheson are included in the 20-player roster which will compete against Japan in back-to-back Women’s International Friendlies on Oct. 25 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton and then Oct. 28 in Vancouver at BC Place.
“We’ve brought players that have that experience but also have that blend of youth,” said head coach John Herdman, who has brought in players who haven’t been in camp but in NCAA college environments.
“I think that it’s an important feature as we look for the right group that will take us through the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015.”
These games against Japan mark Canada’s continued preparations as they get set to host the world next summer for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.
In addition to Tancredi and Matheson the other Ontario players are: Kadeisha Buchanan (Brampton), Allysha Chapman (Courtice), Sura Yekka (Toronto), Carmelina Moscato (Mississauga), Jessie Fleming (London), Ashley Lawrence (Toronto), Adriana Leon (Maple), and Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga)