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Sabrina D’Angelo Called into Canadian National Team for Friendly Against Brazil

By NC Courage Communications, 08/22/18, 9:30AM EDT


OTTAWA, Ontario (August 22, 2018) – Sabrina D’Angelo has been named to the Canadian National Team as Canada Soccer has released its roster for the upcoming Women’s International Friendly match against Brazil. Canada’s squad will face Brazil in Ottawa on Sunday, Sept. 2 at TD Place.

The 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist has five caps, three starts and two shutouts with the Canadian senior team. Most recently, D’Angelo was instrumental in helping the NC Courage capture the Inaugural Women’s International Champions Cup in Miami last July.

Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller has selected a squad that blends experience and youth, inviting five teenagers in Maya Antoine, Julia Grosso, Jordyn Huitema, Jayde Riviere, and veteran Deanne Rose. Canada will also feature two-time Olympic Bronze Medalists Christine Sinclair, Sophie Schmidt, Desiree Scott, and Diana Matheson, as well as London 2012 Bronze Medalist and goalkeeper Erin McLeod, who missed Rio 2016 with an injury.

Eight more from the core Rio 2016 Bronze Medal winning squad return for the rematch against Brazil: Janine Beckie, Kadeisha Buchanan, Allysha Chapman, Jessie Fleming, Stephanie Labbé, Ashley Lawrence, Nichelle Prince, and Rebecca Quinn. Rounding out the squad are returning players Lindsay Agnew, Sabrina D’Angelo, Adriana Leon and Shannon Woeller.

Ahead of Canada’s FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ qualification campaign set for October at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championships, Canada will be using the opportunity to play the 2016 Rio Olympic hosts to assess the squad make-up and to see how individuals perform under the unique pressures of playing such a high-calibre team.  Both Canada and Brazil have recently been ranked amongst the top-10 nations in the world, with Canada ranked fifth and Brazil ranked seventh.

While USA and Canada are already seeded into Group A and Group B at the Concacaf Women’s Championships respectively, the Central American Zone and Caribbean Zone qualification for the Concacaf Women’s Championship will conclude on 2 September, the same day Canada faces Brazil in Ottawa. The draw which determines who Canada will face in the group stage of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship will take place 4 September in Miami.

2018 Canada Soccer Women’s National Team v Brazil Roster
Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller
GK – Stephanie Labbe, age 31, from Stony Plain, AB/ Lejonflocken Linköping (Damallsvenskan)
GK – Erin McLeod, age 35, from St. Albert, AB/ USV Jena (Frauen-Bundesliga)
GK - Sabrina D’Angelo, age 25, from Welland, ON/ NC Courage (NWSL)
FB - Lindsay Agnew, age 23, from Kingston, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
FB - Allysha Chapman, age 29, from Courtice, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
FB – Ashley Lawrence, age 23, from Caledon, ON/Paris Saint Germain (Division 1 Féminine France)
FB – Jayde Riviere, age 17, from Markham, ON/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre (British Columbia)
CB - Maya Antoine, age 17, from Vaughn, ON/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre (British Columbia)
CB – Shannon Woeller, age 28, from Vancouver, BC/ Eskilstuna United DFF (Damallsvenskan)
CB - Kadeisha Buchanan, age 22, from Brampton, ON/ Olympique Lyonnais (Division 1 Féminine France)
CB – Shelina Zadorsky, age 25, from London, ON/ Orlando Pride (NWSL)
M/CB –  Rebecca Quinn, age 23, from Toronto, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
M - Jessie Fleming, age 20, from London, ON/UCLA (NCAA)
M – Julia Grosso, age 17, from Vancouver, BC / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre (British Columbia)
M –  Diana Matheson, age 34, from Oakville, ON/Utah Royals FC (NWSL)
M- Sophie Schmidt, age 30, from Abbotsford, BC/ Unattached
M- Desiree Scott, age 31, from Winnipeg, MB/ Utah Royals FC (NWSL)
F- Jordyn Huitema, age 17, from Chilliwack, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre (British Columbia)
F – Adriana Leon, age 25, from King City, ON/ Seattle Reign FC (NWSL)
F – Nichelle Prince, age 23, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
F – Deanne Rose, age 19, from Alliston, ON/ University of Florida Gators (NCAA)
F – Christine Sinclair ( C ), age 35, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns (NWSL)
F - Janine Beckie, age 24, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Manchester City (FA Women's Super League)