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FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015 – DAY 1
CANADA 1 CHINA 0
NEW ZEALAND 0 NETHERLANDS 1
Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
Sinclair’s late PK lifts Canada past China in opener – The Equalizer
Hosts Canada kicked off the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 win over China in front of a packed crowd of 53,058 rabid fans at Commonwealth Stadium. The hosts carried the momentum from the spectators and earned a penalty in second-half stoppage time and captain Christine Sinclair stepped up to finish.
High hopes and dreams of destiny – FIFA
In the 16th century, French explorer Jacques Cartier set out across the ocean on a pioneering adventure that would culminate in the triumphant discovery of the land known today as Canada. Nearly 500 years later, 24 football teams from all over the globe will soon begin their own journey of discovery and potential glory in North America, at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.
Canada’s Scott learning to be more than ‘The Destroyer’ – The Province
Desiree ‘The Destroyer’ Scott wants to be known as a distributor, too. Canada’s tenacious 5-foot-2 defensive midfielder from Winnipeg made a name for herself at the 2012 London Olympics. She was a pain to play against. She gave Canada a crucial defensive platform to build from.
Amid injuries, Herdman not tipping lineup for opener – The Equalizer
Canada held a training session at Edmonton Soccer Complex on Thursday afternoon just as thunderstorms rolled in. Diana Matheson did light training on the side with fellow recovering players Rhian Wilkinson, and Marie-Eve Nault. If neither Wilkinson nor Nault are able to play in Saturday’s opener against China it is expected that Josee Belanger will start at right-back.
Team Canada players young and old calm as Women’s World Cup approaches – Vancouver Sun
The elements were agitated Thursday afternoon as Team Canada conducted its first practice here — thick clouds forming a black fist as they scudded past; angry winds whipping the bunting off the fencing. Were the nerves of the players at all shaken or stirred as opening day of the 2015 Women’s World Cup on Saturday approaches?
World Cup LeBlanc’s last hurrah – Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows News
LeBlanc said ultimately the decision to play her final games in a Team Canada jersey was based on the chance to say goodbye, right where it all started.
20 Questions with Canadian goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc – National Post
Karina LeBlanc had a cough, and the sniffles, and a raspy voice. It was a cold, and it was a bad time for a cold. She had appointments in the morning, soccer practice in the afternoon and the final international tournament of her career only a few days away.
Olympic heartbreak drives Erin McLeod as World Cup set to begin – North Shore News
North Vancouver resident Erin McLeod has never watched a replay of the match that made her a household name in Canada while simultaneously enraging soccer fans across the country.
Burnaby Girls Soccer Club part of Women’s World Cup – Burnaby News Leader
Two players from the Burnaby Girls Soccer Club will be on the sidelines of BC Place at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. It’s a chance of a lifetime for the soon to be nine-year-old players who will represent their club among the 50-plus clubs across Canada who have been selected to participate in the FIFA Youth Programme.
Everything you need to know about the Canada women’s national team – MLS
It’s only fitting that the hosts kick things off with the opener on Saturday, June 6 against China (6 pm ET, FOX Sports 1 and Telemundo in USA and CTV in Canada). The only question is whether the home-field advantage can help the Canadians in their quest to make their first World Cup podium.
Will Canada live up to Women’s World Cup hype? – Sportsnet
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the Canadian women’s soccer team stole hearts and stole the show, all without reaching the top step of the podium.
FIFA Women’s World Cup: Canada projected as 5th best bet for title – CBC
That’s according to FiveThirtyEight, the Nate Silver-founded polls aggregation site that developed the Soccer Power Index prior to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Silver was a must-read for baseball sabermetric fans during his days with Baseball Prospectus before accurately predicting 100 per cent of the state-by-state electoral college votes in the 2008 United States presidential race.
A reality based preview of the Canadian Women’s World Cup team – Monday Morning Centreback
This will not be like “Rise”. There will be no #HolySchmidts. No fawning, no talk of role models and inspiring the next generation of female players. This is about whether they can play and compete for a World Cup. I’ve always felt treating this team with kid gloves and giving them a pass on accountability is patronizing to them and to female athletes in general.
Vancouver ready to kick off World Cup fan zone – Metro
Thousands of Canada fans draped in red and white (others are welcome, too) will have a place to call home throughout the Women’s World Cup as the City of Vancouver gets ready to open its FIFA Fan Zone on Saturday.
Women’s football stars raring to go – FIFA
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ is about to begin. Just like the fans, the players can hardly wait to get the ball rolling after anticipating this moment for the last four years and have spent most of the past 12 months preparing themselves for this global showdown.
Morgan participates in US’ first practice in Canada – The Equalizer
Morgan has not played a competitive match for club or country since April 11 due to a left knee contusion. U.S. coach Jill Ellis said on Saturday that Morgan’s minutes would be limited to start the World Cup due to the amount of time the U.S. striker has missed. The U.S. opens the World Cup on Monday against Australia in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The magic of the Opening Match – FIFA
The Opening Match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ always exudes a special kind of magic, and after four long years of waiting, the footballing world will finally get to see hosts Canada take on China PR on Saturday night. When the referee’s whistle signals the start of the encounter, it will be a sweet sound not just for the 22 players on the pitch, but also fans around the globe who have had to endure four years without the excitement of a World Cup.
How FIFA Has Hurt Women’s Soccer – Vice Sports
The U.S. Women’s National Team wasn’t exactly sad about FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s resignation earlier this week. “Ding dong the witch is dead. Daddy got his hand caught in the cookie jar,” wrote Megan Rapinoe, a midfielder on the U.S. women’s national team, on Twitter. “Hallelujah!” wrote former World Cup winning player Julie Foudy.
Crossing The Line: Goal-line technology set to make its Women’s World Cup debut in Canada – AFTN
It is still used in a very limited amount of games, considering how much football is played around the world each year, but the use of goal-line technology continues to grow all the time. And now it’s come to Canada.