Canadian womens soccer coach John Herdman has named his 20 player roster for an upcoming Olympic qualifying tournament.
While veterans like Christine Sinclair, Sophie Schmidt and Erin McLeod are on the roster, Saskatoon’s Kaylyn Kyle is not.
Herdman had to reduce his roster from 23 to 20 for the event in Houston and just because Kyle will not be on the roster does not mean she would not play for the Canadians in Rio if they get there.
The Canadian women’s team received a favourable draw for the upcoming CONCACAF qualifying tournament, which runs from Feb. 10-21 in Dallas and Houston.
Canada, ranked 11th in the world by FIFA, will compete in Group B vs. No. 89 Guyana (on Feb. 11), No. 48 Trinidad and Tobago (on Feb. 14) and No. 76 Guatemala (on Feb. 16). Group A consists of the United States (No. 1), Mexico (No. 26), Costa Rica (No. 34) and Puerto Rico (No. 108).
The top two nations from each group advance to the semifinals. Only the two finalists qualify for the Olympics in Rio.
Canada will play all of its group-stage games in Houston, which will also host both semifinals and the final.