Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Update: April 5th, 2011

Few things to catch up on

Firstly I've learned more information on the match v Sweden after finding a few game reports.

Swedish head coach, Thomas Dunnerby started his 'A' lineup with the sole exception of the 'keeper. He wanted to see how No. 2 'keeper Sofia Lundgren would hold up as a starter, and what a great decision he made. Apparently she made a huge impact in the game making a series of saves to secure the 1 nil victory.

The Swedes got off to a quick start scoring at the 9 minute mark. Charlotte Rohlin, a fullback  who likes to make offensive runs got on the end of a free kick from Antonia Goransson.

Captain, Christine Sinclair had a great opportunity to even the score but Lundgren got a touch on it.

Scary moment for Big Red as Linda Forsberg had a chance to mark a second goal for Sweden but the ball crashed off the crossbar.

After the game, Sinclair tweeted "Tough to lose a game you think you could have won. Lesson learned, 84 days until the World Cup."

Dunnerby comments "We played a lot of long balls in the first half, but in the second we decided to play more for the ground and it flowed very well for long spells, We played our way to a few well-placed and could have done any more goals."

As much as I love to see this team win, I feel like it was a good loss and came at the right time. After coming off a great 2010 season and winning the Cyprus Cup last month, losing puts things in perspective. Learn and move on. Regardless of the score, friendlies don't count for anything other than experience.

In January, Canada beat Sweden 1-0 at the Four Nations Cup in China.

In other news: During their down time at camp, the ladies have made some pretty funny video blogs about their life in Rome:

Our Game Magazine Blog Part I
Our Game Magazine Blog Part II

Also the ladies are campaigning to get teammate and goalkeeper, Erin McLeod on the Ellen show. If you can, help them out by tweeting the link to @TheEllenShow. Check out Erin showing off her amazing signing talent:

Erin McLeod signing during free time

On another note, Christine is teaming up with espnW writing blogs about their road to the World Cup. Check out the first installment.

Christine Sinclair's Rome: soccer and gelato

Across the pond, the US women's national team competed in a friendly against England. USA fell short to England for the first time in 22 years. Check out All White Kit for an in depth analysis.

It has also come to my attention that Canada has a few more friendlies lined up. I heard at the end of May there should be one. Confirmed on Rhian Wilkinson's website, none of the games will be played in Canada.

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