She will be replaced by Brampton. Ont.’s Alyscha Mottershead, a holding midfielder who had two assists for Syracuse University in 2011, but played in every game for the squad.
The Canadian Soccer Association tweeted that this move was likely on Saturday, but made it official Sunday.
It wasn’t a major surprise. Coach John Herdman told the media last week that Matheson had “complications” after knee surgery and it wasn’t sure if she would be ready for the Olympic qualifiers. Canada begins qualifying Jan. 19 at B.C. Place in Vancouver.
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