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Canada to begin ‘new journey’ at Arnold Clark Cup

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Canada announced its squad for the upcoming Arnold Clark Cup soccer tournament Monday, as the Canadian women’s team prepares to kick off the four-team competition against hosts England February 17, before facing Germany and Spain.

And Canada head coach Bev Priestman believes the round-robin tournament is the perfect opportunity for her players to move on from their gold medal triumph at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last year.

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“To be honest, this camp and beyond is the start of a new journey,” said Priestman during a media call Monday. “So the messaging is, we’ve climbed one mountain but we’re going to have to go and climb a completely different mountain.

“The qualifiers and the World Cup are very, very different to what you need to be able to compete at an Olympic Games. So, for us it’s the start of new journey.”

Some familiar faces but no Sinclair

There are many familiar names on the roster including forward Janine Beckie, centre back Kadeisha Buchanan, midfielder Jessie Fleming, forward Jordyn Huitema, fullback Ashley Lawrence, forward Deanne Rose and centre back Shelina Zadorsky.

Notably, Christine Sinclair will miss the tournament. Sinclair’s mother Sandi recently died after due to Multiple Sclerosis. And soccer’s all-time leading international goalscorer will be spending time with her family.

There are also a number of first-time call-ups including midfielder Marie-Yasmine Alidou, forward Tanya Boychuk and goalkeeper Devon Kerr.

And Canada’s coach admits she’s trying to find the balance between competing well over the next three games and giving some of the new players some experience.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” said Priestman. “But I’ve opted to, and I’ll have to this year because we don’t have that extra year that we normally have because of the Olympic delay, to just keep bringing in some new faces that have an opportunity to be assessed amongst our environment.”

But Priestman believes her squad needs to regularly face the game’s big teams to stay sharp, no matter how experienced, or inexperienced, individual players are.

“We want to be competing with the best continuously,” she said. “The safe thing to do would be to go and play some weaker opposition. But we want to keep moving forward.”


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Photographer and Writer | Stuart Gradon is soccer journalist and web communications professional. He covers Cavalry FC of the Canadian Premier League and Canada's national teams. He has also worked on assignment at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 and FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010.