By Sandra Prusina
This type of meeting doesn’t happen often: the last hosts of the Women’s World Cup taking on the next host country.
Germany welcomes Canada for a friendly in Paderborn on June 19th at Benteler Arena. Both teams will likely be using this match as a form of preparation.
Ranked second in the world, Germany is gearing up to defend their title at July’s UEFA Women’s Euro in Sweden. It’s going to be quite a task though. They’re going into the tournament with an injury-riddled squad. Veteran defender Linda Bresonik won’t be in the lineup due to an Achilles problem.
“It’s another tough blow for us,” German head coach Silvia Neid said. “We have lost an experienced player and we will certainly miss her at the EUROs.”
Bresonik joins Babette Peter (foot), Viola Odebrecht (knee), Verena Faisst (illness), Alexandra Popp (ankle) and Kim Kulig (knee) on the sidelines.
The Canadians, meanwhile, are getting a better look at some of the world’s best teams as they prepare to host the 2015 Women’s World Cup. This will prove to be a challenging match for the red and white. They’ve actually never defeated Germany.
“Technically, they [the Germans] are so efficient,” Canadian head coach John Herdman said. “Coming up against a team like this, everyone’s digging deep trying to find ways Canada can hurt them and not be turned over like many teams are against them.”
In an effort to see what’s coming through the Canadian pipeline, Herdman has called in two players for their first senior camp experience.
Rachel Melhado, a 20-year-old defender, has gone through the U-18 and U-20 ranks in Canada. She’s currently playing for the University of Louisville.
“She is an aggressive, athletic defender and she showed good composure on the ball at last year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup,” Herdman said.
Joining her is 23-year-old forward Melissa Busque from the University of Seattle. Herdman calls her a “robust attacking player” with some trickery. Herdman also made a late addition to the squad by bringing in WNY Flash forward Jodi-Ann Robinson.
The last time Canada and Germany faced off was at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, when the Germans beat Canada 2-1 in front of 73,000 spectators on their home soil.
The match will be broadcast in Canada on Sportsnet One (12 pm ET) and ARD in Germany (6 pm CEST).
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