Stephanie Labbe checks in from Rome where the Canadian Women’s National Team is currently training. She takes us on a tour of Italy with some of her Canadian teammates, including Carmelina Moscato and Karina LeBlanc, while Marie-Eve Nault makes her directorial debut behind the camera. Here’s part one of Stephanie’s video blog.
The Canadian Women’s National Team planned to boycott all international games leading up to the 2011 Women’s World Cup unless the Canadian Soccer Association mended its relationship with coach Carolina Morace, who announced last month that she was stepping down after the World Cup. Although the situation between the the CSA and Morace hasn’t been resolved, the Canadian Women’s National Team will play, beginning with Wednesday’s game against Scotland to kick off the 2011 Cyprus Cup. (more…)
Retaining their coach and receiving compensation they feel they deserve. That’s what the players on the Canadian Women’s National Team want, and they want the two issues resolved in a timely fashion. Head Coach Carolina Morace announced last Friday that she was stepping down after the 2011 Women’s World Cup. Morace, who has been with the team since 2009 and has a contract that runs through the end of the 2012 Olympics, said in an email that, “The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) has a strategy to achieve their goals that differs from my strategy.” (more…)
Canadian Women’s National Team forward/midfielder Kara Lang will announce her retirement from women’s soccer Wednesday in Ontario. The Canadian Soccer Association has set a press conference for Wednesday morning where Lang will make the official announcement. Lang has been plagued by knee injuries, suffering ligament tears in the same knee in 2006 and 2009. Lang had an impressive career with the Canadian National Team, one in which she made 92 appearances and scored 34 goals in nine years. Some of Lang’s teammates talked about her retirement. (more…)
By Carmelina Moscato, Canadadian National Team midfielder:
The end of 2010 marks the end of the most successful year in Canadian soccer history, both male or female, with the women’s national team not only winning CONCACAF and qualifying for the 2011 World Cup, but winning every other major tournament they were in this year. Currently on a 10-game unbeaten streak, the Canadian Women’s National team begins 2011 preparations and the six-month countdown to the World Cup with positivity, motivation, and inspiration moving forward. (more…)