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Canada names roster for women's friendly

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Kadeisha Buchanan impressed in her last outing for Canada and she will likely get another chance when the women's national team takes the field next week.

The 18-year-old from Toronto was named to Canada's roster for a friendly on June 18 against Germany after the defender scored her first goal for her country in last month's 1-1 draw with the United States in Winnipeg.

There are only a handful of changes to the Canadian squad that suited up that night as veteran defenders Emily Zurrer and Marie-Eve Nault make their return along with forward Christina Julien.

The game in Vancouver against Germany is part of Canada's preparations as the host country for next year's women's World Cup.

"If you want to win a World Cup at home, you're going to have to beat these teams. You're going to find them on your road to the finals somewhere," Canadian head coach John Herdman said in a release. "The more we can learn about those teams and learn about ourselves with those teams, it's only going to put us in better stead."

Germany, which is ranked second in the world behind the U.S., beat Canada 1-0 last year in another friendly.

"When we played them in Germany we had an experimental squad with a different way of playing," said Herdman, whose team is ranked seventh. "We were developing and this year we're trying to improve and to get closer to where it's going to look like when we're in a World Cup."

The Canadian roster that will try to beat the Germans for the first time also includes: goalkeepers Karina LeBlanc and Erin McLeod; defenders Robyn Gayle, Carmelina Moscato, Rebecca Quinn, Rhian Wilkinson and Sura Yekka; midfielders Kaylyn Kyle, Diana Matheson, Sophie Schmidt, Desiree Scott, Jessie Fleming, Ashley Lawrence and Brittany Baxter; and forwards Jonelle Filigno, Adriana Leon, Christine Sinclair and Josee Belanger.

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