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Tancredi return highlights Canada list for US friendly

Diana Matheson has been lighting it up in NWSL; she is one of 21 Canadians called in ahead of the May 8 friendly against the United States. (Photo Courtesy Canada Soccer)

Canada’s Women’s National Team will have 21 players arriving into Winnipeg, Manitoba, as they play their first home game of 2014 against their heated rivals, the United States.

The game on My 8 at Investors Group Field will be the second meeting of the year between the two teams after the Americans narrowly won 1-0 in Frisco, Texas, in January.

The Winnipeg camp will see the return of forward Melissa Tancredi, who is back in the national team fold for the first time since Canada played the Americans at BMO Field last year. Tancredi is back playing professional soccer with the Chicago Red Stars and with the national program after taking time off after the 2012 Olympics to complete a chiropractic program degree.

Also included in the squad are five players who could see action this summer at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014: Sura Yekka, Ashley Lawrence, Jessie Fleming, Kadeisha Buchanan and Rebecca Quinn.

Yekka and Fleming were influential members of Canada’s U-17 team that reached the quarterfinals at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica in March and Quinn impressed with the senior team as a late call-up during the Cyprus Cup.

Players will start to arrive in Winnipeg over the weekend in advance of the team’s first full training session on Monday.

The game will be broadcast live on Sportsnet One in Canada and ESPN3 in the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET.

GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Chicago Red Stars
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Houston Dash
D- Kadeisha Buchanan | USA / West Virginia University
D- Robyn Gayle | USA / Washington Spirit
D- Carmelina Moscato | USA / Seattle Reign FC
D- Rebecca Quinn | USA / Duke University
D- Rhian Wilkinson | CAN / Comètes de Laval
D- Sura Yekka | CAN / Brams United
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Houston Dash
M- Diana Matheson | USA / Washington Spirit
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Sky Blue FC
M- Desiree Scott | ENG / Notts County Ladies
M- Jessie Fleming | CAN / London NorWest SC
M- Ashley Lawrence | USA / West Virginia University
M- Brittany Baxter | USA / Seattle Sounders Women
F- Jonelle Filigno | USA Sky Blue FC
F- Nkem Ezurike | USA / Boston Breakers
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Red Stars
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
F- Josée Bélanger | CAN / Comètes de Laval
F- Melissa Tancredi | USA / Chicago Red Stars


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