Canada National Team: The Next Level

25 03 2009

We knew the creation of the Women’s Pro Soccer league would benefit players and national teams alike. It seems that is only part of the plan for the Canadian Women’s National Team. They see a new era ahead of them, and you can read about it here. Points of development:
– Players developing and playing at a higher level (WPS)
– Increase and retention of young soccer players
– More technical play from players


Sinclair hopeful for now and later, Canada and FC Gold Pride.

21 03 2009

Christine Sinclair is ready to build on her success.

Christine Sinclair is ready to build on her success.

Christine Sinclair has interconnected hopes for soccer in North America. The most imminent would be her WPS opener with her team FC Gold Pride taking on Boston Breakers on April 5th. Perhaps the most personal would be her chance to score her 100th goal in Canada’s friendly against Japan come May 25th. Sinclair holds hopes for the distant future in what Women’s Pro Soccer can do for aspiring players and the Canadian soccer. “I think this league needs to survive just so young players out there in college, and younger than that, know that there’s somewhere to play if you don’t happen to make a national team,” she said Friday during a conference call. “For some people it’s hard to move overseas to continue your soccer career. So to have a league here in the U.S. – and hopefully it can branch out to Canada soon – it’s hugely important.” Read more from The Canadian Press

*If you are interested in the Canada v. Japan match up at BMO Field, tickets have gone on sale.

Umea easing pursuit of De Vanna

18 01 2009

Sweden’s power house and former home of Marta are cooling down their chase to nab Australian Lisa De Vanna. The Australian international scored 4 goals in 4 games in the 2007 World Cup, and was named to the 15 player All-Star team. According to Daniel’s translation, Umea lost money in 2008 and is not interested in jeopardizing the clubs future in order to sign her. Umea averaged about 2,000 fans in 2008 and will go into 2009 with no Marta. Lisa De Vanna’s agent has been in touch with the Washington Freedom, so the WPS looks much more likely than it did a month ago.

*Also, Canadian international DF/MF Candace Chapman was tabbed as a Discovery Player by the Boston Breakers