Editorial — This has been the golden age of the Canadian women’s national team. Canada had won two bronze medals in 2012 and 2016 and had hosted the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015. There are many players who contributed to Canada’s success, including strikers like Christine Sinclair and Janine Beckie.
Christine Sinclair (2000-Present)
This should not come as a surprise. Sinclair is the greatest national women’s player to ever play for Canada. She has scored an international record 186 goals in 296 appearances. Most notably, she scored a hat-trick in a hard-fought 4-3 loss to the Americans in the 2012 Olympics in the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, she was named Canadian Player of the Decade by Canada Soccer. “What she accomplished in the past 10 years has changed the sport forever in our country,” Canada Soccer president Steven Reed said.
Sinclair has won 14 Canada Soccer of the Year Awards, including seven times in the past decade. There has been some concern about who will eventually replace Sinclair. However, Janine Beckie of Team Canada might be the one, as she performed well in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Janine Beckie (2015-Present)
Beckie had 27 goals in 63 appearances for Team Canada. This includes playing a big role in Canada defending their bronze medal. She scored three goals in the 2016 Olympics in Rio including one goal against Australia. Canada ended up winning 2-0 against Australia in a group stage game. She also played a big role in assisting Sophie Schmidt’s game-winning goal against France in the 2016 Olympic quarterfinals.
Melissa Tancredi (2004-17)
Melissa Tancredi has scored 27 goals in 125 appearances. This includes four goals in the 2012 Olympics and two goals in the 2016 Olympics. She was the only player to score a goal in each of Canada’s group stage games in the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
Furthermore, in the 2016 Olympics, she scored two goals against Germany. This helped Canada to shock the Germans in a 2-1 win in Brazil. She also has a great partnership with Schmidt, who she played with for many years.
Sophie Schmidt (2005-Present)
Schmidt has scored 19 goals in 199 appearances. This includes scoring the game-winning goal against France in the 2016 Olympics quarterfinals. This goal from the quarterfinals helped Canada advance to their second straight semifinals appearance.
Jessie Fleming (2013-Present)
In 69 appearances, Jessie Fleming had scored nine goals for the Canadian women’s national team. This includes scoring one goal against New Zealand in the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
Desiree Scott (2010-Present)
Desiree Scott has played 156 games for Team Canada and has never scored. According to Neil Davidson, she is known as “The Destroyer” because of her crutching tackles. Her nickname came from John Herdman. “She’s destroying them out there.’ And it just sort of stuck from there,” Herdman said.
Diana Matheson (2003-Present)
Diana Matheson has been with the team since 2003. Matheson has made 206 appearances and scored 19 goals for Team Canada. This includes scoring the game-winning goal against France in the 2012 Olympics. This goal gave Canada its first-ever bronze medal and best-ever finish in either the FIFA Women’s World Cup or the Summer Olympics at the time.
Ashley Lawrence (2013-Present)
Ashley Lawrence has been with the Canadian women’s national team since 2013. She has scored five goals in 83 international appearances for the Canadian women’s national team. This includes scoring a goal against the Netherlands at Stade Saputo in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
In 2019, she was voted as the Canadian Women’s Player of the Year, the first time she received this honor. She and Kadeisha Buchanan have been Canada’s defensive line for the past decade.
Ashley Lawrence is Canada Soccer's #CANWNT 2019 Canadian Player of the Year
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) December 12, 2019
Kadeisha Buchanan (2013-Present)
This should come as no surprise to anyone. According to Meaghan Johnson of TSN, she was ranked as the third best current player for Canada, only behind Sinclair and Lawrence. She has scored four goals in 101 appearances for Canada. This includes scoring a game-winning goal against Cameroon in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She also has the veteran presence of Allysha Chapman on the defensive end of the ball.
Allysha Chapman (2014-Present)
Chapman has made 68 appearances for Canada, scoring one goal during that span. According to the Canadian Press, she is one of Canada’s best defenders. Canadian teammates Nichelle Prince and Schmidt sang praises for Chapman.
“I always say she’s one of those players you love having on your team and you would hate to play against her … Her one-vs-one defending is just world-class,” Prince said of Chapman.
Stephanie Labbé (2008-Present)
It was a tough choice between Stephanie Labbé and Erin McLeod. However, Labbé edges out McLeod as she is now the starting goalkeeper for Canada and has 35 clean sheets. She has made 70 appearances for Team Canada. Her most notable achievement was in the Rio Olympic. In the Olympics, she allowed just four goals and started five of the six games.
Erin McLeod (2002-Present)
Since Labbé made the starting roster, it only makes sense for McLeod to be on the bench. McLeod is a goalkeeper with plenty of experience. She has played 118 games for Canada. This includes a tremendous game against France in 2012 to win the bronze medal.
Rebecca Quinn (2013-Present)
Rebecca Quinn is a defender for Canada. She has played 57 games and has scored five goals for her country.
Overview of the Canadian Women’s National Team
The Canadian women’s national team has made lots of progress in the past decade. Before 2010, Canada only made past the group stage once in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. They have accomplished this twice in the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Most importantly, they are the only nation to medal in both Olympics in the past decade.
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