The two teams played at South Surrey Athletic Park, and the game was as much as a goodwill mission as it was a preparation for coach John Herdman’s Canada squad ahead of their friendly against China next week in Moncton. Autographs were signed, players stayed well after the final whistle. And, admission to the game was free — a gesture to the city that has become the home of the women’s program, and showed its passion during the Olympic qualifiers.
““The support we get here is great,” said Sinclair, who, like many of her Canadian teammates, is a former Whitecap. “You wouldn’t have seen anything close to this just a couple of years ago.”
The game was broken up into three sections, a 40-minute first period and two more periods of 25 minutes each.
Whitecaps striker Mele French drew a penalty to give the Whitecaps a shot at opening the scoring. Canadian keeper Erin McLeod (yup, another former Whitecap) made the save, but French stuck with it and scored on the rebound.
French, an American striker who has played in Germany, joined many W-League diaspora in the W-League.
Even though the game had a feel-good component to it, Herdman wasn’t entirely happy with Big Red.
“We played well today but we have to be more clinical with our finish around the net,” said John Herdman in a release isssued by the Whitecaps.
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