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Herdman names roster for Four Nations Tournament

Canada will face Sweden twice next week in closed-door friendlies in LA. (USA Today Images)

Canada will play South Korea, Mexico and China at the Four Nations Tournament this month. (USA Today Images)

John Herdman on Monday named Canada’s 23-player roster for the upcoming Four Nations Tournament in China later this month. Notable additions to the roster are Boston Breaker forward Nkem Ezurike and Texas Tech University forward Janine Beckie.

Chicago Red Stars defender Rachel Quon, who chose to play for Canada instead of the United States, has been dropped from the roster, listed in full below.

“The team is starting to form as we get closer to the FIFA Women’s World Cup,” Herdman said. “We’ve been able to get access to our young players who have been pretty much locked in the NCAA system for the past three or four months. But we’ve added those players to the squad and the Centralized Development Program (CDP) group to evaluate them and their readiness.”

Canada opens the tournament on Sunday against South Korea before playing Mexico on Jan. 13 and host China on Jan. 15. Canada and China will meet in Group A at the World Cup in June in a group which also features the Netherlands and New Zealand.

All three games at the Four Nations Tournament will take place at the Shenzhen Stadium in Shenzhen, China.

Canada roster

GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Houston Dash
GK- Stephanie Labbe | SWE / KIF Örebro
GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Chicago Red Stars
D- Kadeisha Buchanan | USA / West Virginia University
D- Allysha Chapman | SWE / Eskilstuna United DFF
D- Carmelina Moscato | USA / Seattle Reign FC
D- Marie-Eve Nault | SWE / KIF Örebro
D- Rebecca Quinn | USA / Duke University
D- Rhian Wilkinson | CAN / Comètes de Laval
D- Sura Yekka | CAN / Brams United
D- Emily Zurrer | SWE / Jitex BK
M- Jessie Fleming | CAN / London NorWest United
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Houston Dash
M- Ashley Lawrence | USA / West Virginia University
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Sky Blue FC
M- Desiree Scott | ENG / Notts County
F- Janine Beckie | USA / Texas Tech University
F- Josee Bélanger | CAN / Comètes de Laval
F- Nkem Ezurike | USA / Boston Breakers
F- Jonelle Filigno | USA / Sky Blue FC
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Red Stars
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns
F- Melissa Tancredi | USA / Chicago Red Stars

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