Canada are looking to put their foot in the 2023 Women’s World Cup as they take on Panama in the second match of the CONCACAF W Championship group stage.
The Reds can secure a spot for next year’s World Cup with a win over Panama and a Costa Rica result against Trinidad & Tobago.
Canada was forced to earn a win over Trinidad & Tobago in the opener but managed to wear down the opposition and pour it out late in an eventual 6-0 win. The Group B leaders were only 1-0 up at half-time, with the other five goals scored in the final 23 minutes, after head coach Beverly Priestman brought on a wave of substitutes.
These two teams faced off in the semi-finals of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, where Canada won by a resounding 7-0. All five scorers from that match – Christine Sinclair, Jessie Fleming, Janine Beckie, Quinn and Adriana Leon – are on the current roster.
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How to watch Canada vs Panama
|In the USA||In Canada|
|Date||Fri, July 8||Fri, July 8|
|Time||10 p.m. ET||10 p.m. ET|
|Direct||Paramount+, ViX||fuboTV, OneSoccer|
UNITED STATES: The CONCACAF W Championship match will be broadcast on Paramount+ (English) and ViX (Spanish).
CANADA: Canada’s women’s soccer match will be broadcast by OneSoccer, which airs on fuboTV.
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Projected Lineups of Canada vs. Panama
While the strike combo of Janine Beckie and Jordyn Huitema failed to produce goals against South Korea in the warm-up friendly, they were prolific late against Trinidad and Tobago in the tournament opener on Monday. However, the legendary Christine Sinclair could take the start back to the striker, as head coach Beverly Priestman praised the starting line-up for wearing down the opposition so the substitutes could finish them off.
In fact, it would be surprising to see Priestman make many changes. Deanne Rose was dangerous in the first game and should start again.
Jayde Riviere and Ashley Lawrence entrenched themselves in full-back roles, and Vanessa Gilles and Kadeisha Buchanan have built a strong partnership with the centre-back. Rivière in particular has become a favorite of head coach Bev Priestman, with 31 caps at just 21 years old.
Canada’s starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): Sheridan (GK) — Lawrence, Gilles, Buchanan, Riviere — Quinn, Scott, Fleming — Rose, Sinclair, Beckie.
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Panama were overwhelmed against Costa Rica in their Group B opener, beaten on possession, shots, shots on target and corners. Most notably, Panama resorted to hacking their opponent, committing 20 fouls to Costa Rica’s 11.
It’s likely that head coach Ignacio Quintana will make some changes to the squad, but where’s the guess? Marta Cox will likely retain her spot as the team’s most promising striker, but her attacking partner, 21, Lineth Cedenocould be rotated for Shayari Camarena who came off the bench late against Costa Rica.
26 years Laurie Batista is the midfield anchor, having helped the team reach the semi-finals of the 2018 CONCACAF W Championship Tournament.
Panamanian starting formation (4-4-2): Bailey (GK)—Baltrip, Espinosa, De Leon, Castillo—Rangel, Batista, Guevara, Hernandez—Cox, Cedeno.