After taking home the bronze medal four years ago in London, the Canadian Women’s Soccer team has a lot to live up to in Rio and they have not disappointed. Winning all four games so far against Australia, Zimbabwe, Germany, and France, they are making Canada proud by qualifying for this year’s semi-finals. By defeating France in the quarter-finals and getting their first ever win against Germany after a 22 year losing streak, they look poised for another medal in Rio. Here are some facts you need to know about Canada’s Olympic Women’s Soccer team and the players you need to follow.
Update: We lost 2-0 against Germany, but we still have a chance to win bronze on Friday, August 19 at 12:00 p.m. ET against Brazil. Germany will play Sweden in the Gold medal match later that day at 3 p.m.
Let’s get to know the team
Olympics veteran and star Christine Sinclair says, “There’s half-a-dozen or so teams that have a legitimate shot at getting on the podium, and I’d put our team right up there.”
On team dynamics
This is not the same team that won bronze at the last Olympics, so they were considered underdogs when the competition started. The team is made up of half veterans and the other half are not only new to the Olympics this year but are also quite young. There are 12 new players on the team this year, half of them teens, while the others are no older than 22.
On their standings
Canada ranks 10th in FIFA’s latest rankings. They already won against fifth-ranked Australia, 95th-ranked Zimbabwe, second-ranked Germany, and third-ranked France.
On Melissa Tancredi
Mel Tancredi propelled Canada into the quarter-finals against France scoring both of our goals in the game against Germany. She is 34 years old from Ancaster, Ontario.
On Christine Sinclair
She is the most successful soccer player to compete for Canada. She had her debut at 16 and has grown to become the captain of the national team. At the 2012 London Games, she was our top scorer. These are her third Olympic games.
Coach Herdman says that “it’s a Canadian team that’s in transition. It’s young but with it has a huge spirit, a massive amount of grit, some talent that maybe revealed in this tournament and some world-class players that, if they hit their peaks, this team can challenge.”
On their youngest players, Deanne Rose and Jessie Fleming
Deanne is only 17 years old and started playing soccer at age four. Coach Herdman has long preached the motto, “if you’re good enough, you’re old enough” and Rose definitely fits that bill. Jessie is 18 and is already a star on this national team. She made her senior debut at 15 years old. Her favourite motto is “play every game like it’s your last”. This is her first Olympic Games. Read more about her story here.
Canada will have to beat Germany again in the semi-finals if they want a chance to compete for the gold medal. The game is on Tuesday, August 16 at 3 p.m. ET.