Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema may be the future of the Canadian National Women’s soccer squad, but in the present her role is limited.
Canada Soccer revealed the roster for the team heading into July’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Huitema, a 20-year-old Chilliwack FC alum, has been named one of four alternates to the 18-player main roster. Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt, a national team veteran, is also an alternate.
“For me, team selection was a question of picking the right blend of players across the pitch, so that we can progress through the six games at the women’s Olympic football tournament ready to win,” said Bev Priestman, the team’s head coach. “I know these players will do everything in their power to make Canada proud.
“With hard work, the right mindset and a strong belief in our individual and collective ability, Canada can give any team a really difficult game and ultimately succeed in the Olympic Games.”
Canada is one of just five nations in the world that have qualified for each of the last four Olympics. Canada earned bronze at London 2012 and Rio (Brazil) 2016.