Defenders Kadeisha Buchanan and Shelina Zadorsky, plus midfielders/forwards Tiffany Cameron, Ashley Lawrence, Adriana Leon, Christabel Oduro and Nichelle Prince were named to coach John Herdman’s roster. None of them have yet appeared in a senior match for Canada.
Canada will head to China and face the hosts Jan. 12, South Korea Jan. 14 and Norway on Jan. 16.
Late last year, Herdman warned that the national program would take some steps back after its bronze-medal finish at the Olympics, as there was a dearth of twentysomething talent in the country and he’d have to dip down to the U-20 and even the U-17 ranks for players. He is now focused on getting those young players worked into the system, and is expecting growing pains along the way.
“It’s a young group, it’s the start of a new journey,” Herdman said in a media conference call on Friday.
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