– West Virginia University freshman Amandine Pierre-Louis
is training at the Canadian U-17/U-19 Women’s National Excel Camp this week, in Burnaby, Vancouver.
The camp officially opened on December 11 and will close on December 21.
The camp was assembled by coach Andrew Olivieri and features 22 players who hope to find a spot on Canada’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team.
Pierre-Louis, a forward, qualified for the nation’s last Women’s National Excel Camp, held late July in Copenhagen, Denmark. Classmate Kadeisha Buchanan
, a NSCAA Second Team All-America and the 2013 Big 12 Defender and Newcomer of the Year, was named the 2013 Canadian U-20 Player of the Year on Dec. 11. She also was a member of the group that trained in Denmark in July but was unavailable for this month’s camp as she is currently competing with the Canadian National Team at the Torneio Internacional Cidade de Sao Paolo, in Brasilia, Brazil; she is expected to factor into the U-20 team for next year’s championship.
Buchanan and the Canadian Women’s National Team defeated Scotland, 2-0, on Dec. 12, and lost 1-0 to Chile on Dec. 15. The Brampton, Ontario, native played 28 minutes against Scotland and the full 90 minutes against Chile. The squad will close competition against Brazil on Dec. 18.
The 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup will feature 16 teams and 32 matches across four Canadian cities: Edmonton, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Moncton, New Brunswick. The tournament will be held August 5-24.