Canada names roster for U-20 women’s tournament

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Sura Yekka, No. 2, in action for Canada's U-20 team. (Paul Chiasson/CP)

Canadian coach Daniel Worthington unveiled his roster on Thursday for the upcoming CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship.

Included on the 20-woman squad is defender Sura Yekka, who’s earned 13 caps for the Canadian women’s senior team.

Canada will compete in the eight-nation CONCACAF finals from December 3-13 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.


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Canada is in Group A and will play against Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Honduras. Group B consists of the United States, Mexico, Panama and Haiti.

The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals, with the two finalists earning automatic berths for next year’s World Cup. The winner of the third-place match, contested between the two semifinal losers, will also qualify for the World Cup.

Canada won this CONCACAF tournament in 2004 and 2008, and has participated in six of seven FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups since the inaugural tournament in 2002. The Reds finished sixth at last year’s World Cup held in Canada.

The 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will take place in Papua New Guinea from November 13 to December 3.

CANADA’S ROSTER

Goalkeepers: Rylee Foster (Woodbridge SC), Lysianne Proulx (AS Varennes)

Defenders: Sura Yekka (University of Michigan), Sarah Feola (CS Lakeshore), Emma Regan (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls), Victoria Pickett (University of Wisconsin at Madison), Marike Saint-Pierre-Mousset (CS Delta Laval), Bianca St-Georges (West Virginia University), Mika Richards (Harding University)

Midfielders: Ashley Moreira (University of Pittsburgh), Martina Loncar (Colgate University), Sarah Stratigakis (Unionville Milliken SC), Sarah Kinzner (University of Colorado at Boulder), Vital Kats (Scarborough GS United), Alexis Martel-Lamothe (Comètes de Laval)

Forwards: Anyssa Ibrahim (AS Varrennes), Taylor Pryce (University of Pittsburgh), Camilla Shymka (Calgary South West United), Shana Flynn (Unionville-Milliken SC), Alex Lamontagne-Maycock (Syracuse University)

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