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Netherlands announced 23 players to face the USA on April 9 in the Hague. The Dutch have quite a bit experience on their roster, with 12 players owning 30 or more caps. The most capped player on the roster is former WPS player Daphne Koster, who has played 128 times for her country while scoring six goals.

The top scorer on the roster is Manon Melis, who was the leading scorer in the Damallsvenskan in 2010 and 2011 for Malmo. She did sign to play for Sky Blue FC before the WPS folded.

Loes Geurts, who plays in Sweden with Vittsjö, is the most experienced of the Dutch goalkeepers with 81 caps to her name.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Angela Christ (PSV Eindhoven), Loes Geurts (Vittsjö, Sweden), Sari van Veenendaal (FC Twente)

DEFENDERS (8): Mandy van den Berg (Loes Geurts (Vittsjö, Sweden), Dyanne Bito (Telstar), Claudia van den Heiligenberg (Telstar), Daphne Koster (Ajax), Mirte Roelvink (Gütersloh, Germany), Leonne Stentler (Ajax), Siri Worm (FC Twente), Kelly Zeeman (Telstar)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Anouk Dekker (FC Twente), Anouk Hoogendijk (Ajax), Desiree van Lunteren (Ajax), Tessel Middag (Ajax), Sherida Spitse (FC Twente)
FORWARDS (7): Daniëlle van de Donk (PSV Eindhoven), Lieke Martens (Duisburg, Germany), Manon Melis (Malmo, Sweden), Marlous Pieëte (FC Twente), Chantal de Ridder (Ajax), Sylvia Smit (PEC Zwolle), Kirsten van den Ven (Tyresö, Sweden)

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CANADA ROSTER

Canada has announced its 18-player roster for the Sunday, June 2 match against the USA at BMO Field in Toronto. The squad features 14 players who were part of Canada’s bronze-medal-winning team at the 2012 London Olympics.

Fourteen of the 18 players are playing for NWSL clubs, two players are headed to an U.S. college in the fall and forward Christian Julien currently plays for WFC Rossiyanka in Russia where she recently featured in the knockout stages of 2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Striker Melissa Tancredi rejoins the group for the first time since the Olympics.

Chicago Red Stars defender Rachel Quon, who played for the USA in two FIFA youth World Cups, gets her first call-up to the Canadian team.

Canada Women’s National Team Roster

GOALKEEPERS (2) Karina LeBlanc (Portland Thorns FC), Erin McLeod (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS: (7): Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia), Robyn Gayle (Washington Spirit), Carmelina Moscato (Chicago Red Stars), Rachel Quon (Chicago Red Stars), Lauren Sesselmann (FC Kansas City), Rhian Wilkinson (Boston Breakers), Emily Zurrer (Seattle Reign FC)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Kaylyn Kyle | USA (Seattle Reign FC), Ashley Lawrence (West Virginia), Diana Matheson (Washington Spirit), Sophie Schmidt (Sky Blue FC), Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City)

FORWARDS (4): Tiffany Cameron (Seattle Reign FC),...
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The U.S. WNT has arrived in Canada for a week of training before taking on the host on June 2 at BMO Field. Kickoff is 4:30 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on ESPNews.

Twenty of the 21 players trained on Monday morning in beautiful weather outside of Toronto, while Tobin Heath completed the roster as she arrived from France just before dinner. Heath recently finished her club campaign with Paris Saint-Germain, finished second in the league behind Megan Rapinoe's Lyon, and earning a Champions League berth for next season.

As all the players are coming straight out of their club seasons, there are some bumps and bruinses, but all players are fit and ready to play on Sunday outside of defender Kelley O'Hara, who injured her ankle playing for Sky Blue FC on the weekend and is listed as "day-to-day." She arrived in camp and is doing rehab with the USA's medical staff. The Peachtree City native is also known as a quick healer.

The match on Sunday against Canada will also be the debut of the the U.S. women wearing the Centennial kit. The players came into training camp and were getting sized for the new jerseys and shorts and the overal summary of the players' opinion on the jerseys was this: "sweet."



So, if you are a U.S. fan coming to the game, and have a Centennial jersey, Sunday would be the time to wear it. Or, if you are watching on...