A mixture of veterans and promising young hopefuls make up the 27-woman squad that will participate in a Canadian camp later this month.
Herdman and the Canadian Soccer Association announced that the roster for the training camp, which will take place in the Vancouver area from Dec. 12-20, will contain a heavy mix of experienced players combined with some of the more promising youngsters who have had success at the youth levels.
“The camp will have our Olympians as well as some new players looking to stake a claim to be part of our four-year plan towards the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 and Rio 2016 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament,” Herdman said. “The camp will provide baseline testing as well as serve as an identification camp as we launch our new quadrennial cycle in 2013.”
Herdman indicated that many of the familiar faces from the bronze medal-winning Olympic squad will be given time off after a hectic schedule. Those who will not take part in the Vancouver camp include players who joined professional clubs after the Olympic tournament, as well as players who participated in the fall college season.
“With a break given to our Olympic players that went straight into a pro or college season or that are presently recovering from injury, it has opened the door to identify new and past players from our national program,” Herdman said.
With only 12 members of the last summer's Olympic team called into the camp, Herdman will have a chance to get an extended look at a bigger segment of the Canadian player pool. Six of the 27 players summoned to Vancouver have previous participated in training or matches at the senior international level, while another nine will make the step up from Canada's most recent U-17 and U-20 programs.
It's a necessary process according to Herdman, who says that he must widen the net if true progress is to be made in the women's program going forward.
"We're going to have to start with some young players and give people opportunities," he said. "We're really starting a four-year cycle, to some degree, from scratch."
CANADA TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sabrina D'Angelo, Karina LeBlanc, Erin McLeod
DEFENDERS (8): Melanie Booth, Kadeisha Buchanan, Bryanna McCarthy, Carmelina Moscato, Lauren Sesselmann, Brittany Timko, Shelina Zadorsky, Emily Zurrer
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kaylyn Kyle, Alyssa Lagonia, Ashley Lawrence, Brooke McCalla, Alyscha Mottershead, Cristabel Oduro, Sophie Schmidt, Desiree Scott
FORWARDS (8): Tiffany Cameron, Summer Clarke, Adriana Leon, Nichelle Prince, Jenna Richardson, Jodi-Ann Robinson, Christine Sinclair, Melissa Tancredi