FIFA Women’s World Cup: Bob Lenarduzzi, Squire Barnes, local female player weigh in

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With the FIFA Women’s World Cup underway, we hear from people who know, live and breathe soccer.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC President Bob Lenarduzzi, Global BC Sports Director Squire Barnes and a local, up-and-coming female soccer player weigh in on why people should tune in, who will hoist the Cup and Team Canada’s chances.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC President Bob Lenarduzzi

What two teams will make the final and who will take the Cup?

Assuming both Canada and USA win their groups, I think we will see a North American final with Christine Sinclair scoring the game-winning goal against the US.

What chances does Canada have?

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We have a great chance. We have three additional years of experience since the London Olympic Games, when we came so close to making the final. We have arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the world in Erin McLeod. Sophie Schmidt has evolved into not just a better player but also a great leader. And then we have Christine Sinclair, who has proven in the past that she’s able to deliver when a lot is on the line.

What does it mean to have world’s best female soccer players come to Vancouver?

It’s great for the sport of soccer in our country. We already have close to an equal male and female representation in the number of registered players in Canada and this will only help the growth of the game. In addition, we’re seeing incredible support from the number of fans from around the world coming to the games, so it’s going to help grow the game globally as well.

Why should people tune in?

You’re seeing the best female players in the world giving their all, while, for the most part, playing for the love of the sport.

Global BC Sports Director Squire Barnes

What two teams will make the final and who will take the Cup?

I am going to say it will be USA and Japan in the final. Canada has a chance to make it, but Japan are the defending champs, and I give them the edge on that.

What chances does Canada have?

Canada does have a good chance to make the final four. Their scoring is still a bit of a question mark. They will need someone other than just Christine Sinclair doing the scoring if they are to make the final.

What does it mean to have world’s best female soccer players come to Vancouver?

The fact Vancouver is the site of the final is another big sporting moment for the city. It’s obviously not quite the 2010 Olympics, but this is a world-class event.

Why should people tune in?

Anytime we get to see Canada in a top-flight tournament, it’s worth watching. Especially when we have a chance to do something big. The women’s game is improving with every World Cup and international competitions are always good entertainment.

Emma Regan, 15-year-old member of the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX Program and the 2014 CONCACAF Girls’ U-15 Championship team that won gold

What two teams will make the final and who will take the Cup? 

It’s hard not to predict that the powerhouse, United States, will be one of the last two teams.  My heart says a Canada-US final, but my head says Norway or Brazil are more likely opponents for the US in the finals.  Japan is such a technically proficient team that we could have a re-match of the 2011 Women’s World Cup final. If that’s the case, I think the US will take the Cup and their revenge on Japan.

What chances does Canada have?

Canada should come first in their pool. It looks like they have the possibility of favorable Round of 16, and quarterfinal match-ups against teams like Australia and Norway (games they could win), so Canada has a good chance of advancing to the semis. The challenge for 8th ranked Canada will be to play better than tier-one teams, such as Japan and the US, to advance beyond the semis. John Herdman has them well prepared, the players have dedicated the last several years to be their best and Canada has assembled the best team ever. I believe they can do it!

What does it mean to have world’s best female soccer players come to Vancouver?

The excitement for female soccer in Canada is at an all-time high. Having the Women’s World Cup in our backyard means that young Canadian players can watch and learn from the best female players in the world. Young girls have loved the veteran players such as [Christine] Sinclair and [Sophie] Schmidt since before the Olympics, but it’s the skilled, young players like [Ashley] Lawrence, [Jessie] Fleming and [Kadeisha] Buchanan who show us that it’s truly possible to play on the women’s national team someday. They inspire us to keep training hard, every single day, so that one day we might earn a spot on the Senior [team], and have our shot to compete with the best in the world.

Why should people tune in?

It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the best female players in the world. These players compete for the love of the beautiful game. We also need to be the 12th man for Canada by proudly wearing red and white and by loudly supporting the Canadian [team], who give everything they have for their fans.

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