Forward Deanne Rose to lead Canada at FIFA U-17 World Cup in Jordan
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TORONTO — Canadian international forward Deanne Rose leads Canada's 21-woman squad for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan later this month.
The tournament runs Sept. 30 to Oct. 21 at four stadiums in Amman, Irbid, and Al Zarqa. Canada opens against Cameroon on Sept. 30 in Irbid before heading to Amman to face Germany on Oct. 3 and Venezuela on Oct. 7.
The Canadians will take on England in a friendly match Sunday.
"We are going into Jordan with the aim of getting as many games for these players in their journey as possible, which means getting out of the group and really pitching the most talented youth from Canada against some other leading women's football nations," head coach Bev Priestman said in a statement.
"The makeup of the 2016 Olympic bronze-medal team has really inspired this group, with the likes of Jesse Fleming competing for an FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup just two years ago in Costa Rica. The girls not only have their eye on this experience but on the system progression to the women's national team for the FIFA Women's World Cups in 2019 and 2023."
It marks Canada's fifth straight appearance at the U-17 Women's World Cup. The Canadians have made the quarter-finals in three of the four previous tournaments. Two years ago in Costa Rica, Canada was beaten 3-2 by Venezuela in the quarters.
Rose, a 17-year-old from Alliston, Ont., has four goals in 19 appearances with the Canadian senior side and won bronze at the Rio Olympics.
The Jordan roster includes four 15-year-olds: goalkeeper Sophie Guilmette of Montreal, midfielder Caitlin Shaw of Vancouver and forwards Jordyn Huitema of Chilliwack, B.C., and Jayde Riviere of Markham, Ont.
Goalkeeper: Sophie Guilmette, Montreal (CS Lakeshore); Lysianne Proulx, Boucherville, Que. (AS Varennes); Marissa Zucchetto, Mississauga, Ont. (Aurora United FC).
Defenders: Samantha Chang, Mississauga, Ont. (Unionville-Milliken SC); Hannah Taylor, Edmonds, Wash. (Eastside FC); Ashley Cathro, Victoria (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex); Julia Grosso, Vancouver, (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex); Nadege L'Esperance, Candiac, Que. (Lakeshore SC); Emma Regan, Burnaby, B.C. (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex).
Midfielders: Marika Guay, Chateauguay, Que. (CS Saint-Lambert); Kaela Hansen, Vancouver(Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex); Anyssa Ibrahim, Repentigny, Que. (AS Varennes); Vital Kats, Toronto (Scarborough GS United); Caitlin Shaw, Vancouver (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex); Sarah Stratigakis, Woodbridge, Ont. (Aurora United FC).
Forwards: Mikayla Dayes, Brampton, Ont. (Woodbridge SC); Jordyn Huitema, Chilliwack, B.C. (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex); Florence Laroche, Mirabel, Que. (Lakeshore SC); Lauren Raimondo, Niagara Falls, Ont. (Unionville-Milliken SC); Jayde Riviere, Markham, Ont. (Markham SC); Deanne Rose, Alliston, Ont. (Scarborough GS United).