The Chicago Red Stars announced today that goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc and midfielder Adriana Leon were named to the Canadian Women’s National Team roster for the January 31st international friendly against the United States.
LeBlanc, who was recently acquired by the Red Stars in a trade with Portland Thorns FC, is a seasoned veteran of Canada’s National Team. In 2012, she earned her 100th career cap with Canada and won a bronze medal at the London Olympic games. LeBlanc ranked second in the NWSL last season amongst goalkeepers with 92 saves, earning NWSL Player of the Week honors twice.
Red Stars midfielder Adriana Leon was also named to Canada’s roster. Leon, who earned her first cap with the full Canadian National Team in 2012, has since played, and started in, 7 matches for the squad. Leon was acquired by the Red Stars in 2013 in a trade with the Boston Breakers. In 2013 she played in 10 matches for Chicago, netting one goal and one assist.
Much of the Canadian squad that took part in December’s Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino in Brazil is back with only a handful of changes.
The team arrives into Texas on January 26, in advance of the game that kicks off at 8pm CT.
The game will be carried live in Canada on Sportsnet World and will be replayed later on Sportsnet One.
CANADA – Full Roster
GK- Stephanie Labbé | SWE / KIF Örebro DFF
GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Chicago Red Stars
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Houston Dash
D- Kadeisha Buchanan | USA / West Virginia University
D- Carmelina Moscato | USA / Seattle Reign FC
D- Marie-Eve Nault | SWE / KIF Örebro DFF
D- Lauren Sesselmann | USA / Houston Dash
D- Rhian Wilkinson | Unattached / sans club
D- Sura Yekka | CAN / Brams United
D- Emily Zurrer | SWE / Jitex BK
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Boston Breakers
M- Diana Matheson | USA / Washington Spirit
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Sky Blue FC
M- Desiree Scott | USA / FC Kansas City
M- Brittany Baxter | unattached
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Red Stars
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
F- Josee Belanger | Unattached / sans club
F- Jonelle Filigno | USA / Sky Blue FC