Canada vs. Brazil at TD Place in the Glebe Tuesday night
The Road to Rio makes a stop in Ottawa this week when the Canadian women’s national soccer team takes on Brazil in an exciting friendly at TD Place in the Glebe Tuesday.
Soccer fans will finally get to see Christine Sinclair and her Canadian soccer squad on home soil, as last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup didn’t see Canada play any of their games in Ottawa.
But Tuesday will be an all-out battle as Canada puts the final preparations to test with this summer’s Rio Olympics approaching. Canada will be out for revenge, as they lost its first friendly to Brazil this past Saturday 2-0 in Toronto.
Team Canada captain Christine Sinclair said her team made some mistakes early in the game, which allowed Brazil to score two quick goals in the first half. It proved just too much for Canada to climb back from.
“I think part of it is that you have to give credit to Brazil,” said Sinclair during a Soccer Canada post game scrum in Toronto Saturday.
“They are one of the best teams in the world and they came out pressing us and they caused two mistakes by us and they punished us for it.”
We all remember what happened at the 2012 Olympics in London when the Canadians barely fell short of a gold medal match berth after a devastating loss to the Americans, who later went on to win gold. Canada settle for a bronze medal, but the squad is looking to improve on their 2012 showing with a gold medal berth in Rio.
But that all starts Tuesday night in Ottawa, as Canada promises to come out with a different tone against the big Brazil team.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a night and day difference, it’s still the same team, but we are going to come out and maybe have a little less nerves in the beginning,” said goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé.
“We are going to come out confident and strong and continue to try to live on the ball and make our impact on the game that way.”
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at TD Place.