On Monday afternoon from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bev Priestman met the media via zoom to discuss the second game against Brazil on Tuesday afternoon.
Canada Women’s National Team Wants to Extend Winning Streak
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Beverly Priestman on the Team, Ashley Lawrence, and Amanda Allen
Canada now has won five straight and Priestman gave her thoughts on the upcoming game and finding a way to win and finish strong.
“You can expect to see some changes Priestman said.” Across two games you want to see players start who didn’t in the previous game and winning this game across 90 minutes has been a strength of this team and I think tactically as well so we will take the learnings from the last game.”
Ashley Lawrence made her return to the lineup in the first game after missing the previous window due to injury and Priestman had nothing but praise for the PSG player who has been a standout player for club and country.
“From day one with her, you always felt that level of quality and she is world-class and when you are Canada you feel it and when she isn’t there you feel it and that goal she set up was right off the training pitch, and in the Olympics, we had zero goals off set plays and now we are up 30 percent.”
She was also asked to give her feedback on Amanda Allen who made her debut against Brazil with the senior national team after playing for Canada at the U-17 World Cup in India.
“I think what you saw was a debut performance, but we need to give them these opportunities and I think the next time she plays she will bring what Amanda brings and she is not even 17 years old but based on injuries and subs I am open to giving more opportunities to younger players.”
Beverly Priestman on the Two-Game Window
She was also asked what she was looking for in regard to this two-game series window against Brazil in South America.
“We wanted to get exposure and develop new systems and partnerships which we only recently started a few months ago and testing that against tough opposition and against Brazil they have crazy transition which you saw in the goal they scored and that was world-class and I wanted to test my players against a top team.”
Finally, Priestman stressed the urgency to win that sixth straight game mentioning the confidence it could add to her team.
“We are pushing to get this six-game win streak and the belief it adds to this group and we have seen the difference in the group when it’s very good and when it’s average is the belief and we are very humble and hard-working and I think the results and the convincing wins you get gives you more confidence for what’s going to be an incredible World Cup.”
Canada Women’s National Team Last Game of the Year
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Canada will face Brazil in São Paulo at Química Arena on Tuesday afternoon with kickoff scheduled for 1:15 PM ET and the game can be seen on One Soccer or Fubo TV. They have won games against Australia twice, including one game with Adriana Leon scoring two goals, Argentina, Morocco, and most recently a win a road win against Brazil. They are a team firing on all cylinders after losing the Concacaf W Championship Final to the U.S. earlier this year.
This will also be Canada’s last game of the year. After this game, the CanWNT will be taking a break until the start of 2023. The year started with concern in terms of lack of goals, but they look to be playing their best soccer in the latter part of this year
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