Jordyn Huitema and the Canadian national women’s soccer squad are getting ready to compete in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup. (Canada Soccer photo)

Jordyn Huitema and the Canadian national women’s soccer squad are getting ready to compete in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup. (Canada Soccer photo)

Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema joins soccer nationals to prepare for 2021 SheBelieves Cup

Huitema will lead Canada into a four-team tournament with Japan, Brazil and the United States

Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema is looking forward to another opportunity represent her country on the soccer pitch.

In a tweet sent out Tuesday afternoon, Huitema acknowledged being added to the camp roster for Canada’s women’s soccer squad, which will spend two weeks preparing for the 2021 SheBelieves Cup.

“The pre-competition camp is designed to provide any players not in season with the chance to get in valuable preparation heading into the SheBelieves Cup,” said Bev Priestman, the team’s head coach. “It also provides us with an opportunity to see where players are ahead of selecting our final 23-player roster for the SheBelieves Cup.”

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Huitema should be a slam dunk selection for the final roster. A professional player for Paris St-Germain in France, the 19 year old represents the next wave of talent for the nationals as veterans like Christine Sinclair, Diana Matheson, Desiree Scott and Sophie Schmidt near the end of their illustrious careers.

The SheBelieves Cup takes place Feb. 18-24 at Exploria Stadium in Orlando. Canada is scheduled to face the United States, Japan, and Brazil at the sixth edition of the international tournament. All four nations reached the knockout phase of the last 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France 2019 and all have qualified for the 12-nation Tokyo Summer Olympics tournament, which COVID permitting would take place in July.

“The tournament will provide us with a great platform to start our short journey towards Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where we can introduce some new concepts and operate in a tournament setting which replicates the schedule of an Olympic tournament,” Priestman said. “We’re all really excited to get together and get to work as well as to see some new faces amongst the squad.”

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2021 SheBelieves Cup pre-competition camp roster

GK- Rylee Foster| ENG / Liverpool FC

GK- Stephanie Labbé | SWE / FC Rosengård

GK- Erin McLeod| USA / Orlando Pride

GK- Kailen Sheridan | USA / Sky Blue FC

CB- Kadeisha Buchanan | FRA / FCF Olympique Lyonnais

CB- Vanessa Gilles| FRA / FC Girondins de Bordeaux

CB- Jade Rose| CAN / Super REX Ontario

CB- Shelina Zadorsky | ENG / Tottenham Hotspur

FB- Gabrielle Carle| USA / Florida State University

FB- Allysha Chapman | USA / Houston Dash

FB- Ashley Lawrence | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain

FB- Bianca St-Georges| USA / Chicago Red Stars

FB- Jayde Riviere | USA / University of Michigan

M- Samantha Chang| USA / University of South Carolina

M- Jessie Fleming | ENG / Chelsea FC

M- Julia Grosso | USA / University of Texas at Austin

M– Jordyn Listro| USA / Orlando Pride

M- Diana Matheson| USA / Kansas City NWSL

M – Quinn | USA / OL Reign FC

M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Houston Dash

M- Desiree Scott | USA / Kansas City NWSL

F- Janine Beckie | ENG / Manchester City FC

F- Jordyn Huitema | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain

F- Adriana Leon | ENG / West Ham United FC

F- Nichelle Prince | USA / Houston Dash

F- Deanne Rose | USA / University of Florida

F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC

F- Olivia Smith | CAN / Super REX Ontario

F- Evelyne Viens| USA / Sky Blue FC


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