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TD Place hosting Canada's women's soccer team as it preps for World Cup qualification

The match is set for Sunday, September 2, at TD Place.
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Canada's women's soccer team to host Brazil at TD Place in Ottawa. Photo/ Canada Soccer

Canada's women's soccer team, taking on Brazil in Ottawa, will feature a unique blend of experience and youth.

Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller has invited five teenagers and four two-time Olympic bronze medallists to join the roster for the contest.

One of those Olympians, Sophie Schmidt, recalled the last time her squad took on Brazil in Ottawa. TD Place was packed with more than 23,000 fans for the match, which took place ahead of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio back in 2016. Canada won 1-0, thanks to a 90th minute goal from Janine Beckie.

"It was a phenomenal crowd, so we would love to see that again," she said.

Schmidt added that Canada's FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 qualification campaign is on the horizon, so this might also be the national team's last home game for a while.

"It'll be a good test for us. Brazil is a great opponent, one of the top in the world," she explained. "They're very creative and I think they're going to come out firing, wanting to beat us because we beat them in Rio."

Schmidt said the real challenge is going to be for Heiner-Moller to assess his players, and see who he will want to join the team come time for those World Cup qualification matches.

"Every player will be asked to perform," said Kenneth Heiner-Moller. "We performed against Germany in June, but didn't win. We are coming to Ottawa with the goal of winning this match for our fans, but also to give our team a confidence boost ahead of the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship. There will be a lot of assessment, so the players will need to prove themselves, but that is what players expect coming into this kind of match.

"Additionally, we've brought in three U-17 aged players from our EXCEL program and we are very excited that we continue to see excellent players being developed. Some of these players are the future, but they can also be players that make an impact right now. Seeing how they play against an opponent like Brazil and how they adapt to the team culture is going to be important towards understanding the make-up of this team for the rest of 2018 and into 2019."

Canada's back-to-back podium finishes at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games earned them the distinction of becoming the first Canadian team to win back-to-back Summer Olympic medals since 1908. They were also the first-ever women's Canadian team to repeat on the podium.

2018 Canada Soccer Women's National Team Roster vs Brazil

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


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