China tournament for soccer’s Tancredi

Melissa Tancredi (Photo: Soccer Canada)

Melissa Tancredi (Photo: Soccer Canada)

Ancaster’s Melisa Tancredi and the rest of Canada’s Women’s National Soccer Team are off to China for the Four Nation’s Cup tournament. Also competing are Korea Republic, Mexico, and China PR.

For the tournament, head coach John Herdman has called in 24 players as the FIFA Women’s World Cup squad starts to take shape but still with time in hand for players to further strengthen their cases for inclusion at this summer’s world championship.

“We’ve been able to get access to our young players who have been pretty much locked in the NCAA system for the past three or four months,” said Herdman. “But we’ve added those players to the squad and the Centralized Development Program (CDP) group to evaluate them and their readiness.”

The team opens competition Sunday (Jan. 11) against Korea before its second game against CONCACAF rivals Mexico on Tuesday (Jan. 13).

But it’s the final game against China PR (Jan. 15) that will perhaps be the most interesting as both teams will play in Group A at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June in Edmonton.

“We’ve been thinking about this for the last few weeks in how to approach that particular fixture and we’ve got some ideas on either going to try and go for a confidence booster or try to keep our cards up our sleeve,” said Herdman. “We may try to go for a balance of those when choosing our lineup and the tactics we use.”

All three games will take place at the Shenzhen Stadium in Shenzhen, CHN.

The 33-year-old Tancredi also plays for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League. Tancredi, a grad of Cathedral high school in Hamilton, won a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, where she scored four goals for Canada.

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