The Canadian Soccer Association has nominated its roster for the London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament. Canadian head coach John Herdman has selected 18 players that will join Team Canada for the London 2012 Summer Olympics and former Manitoba Bisons player and Bison coach Desiree Scott was one of the players named to the women’s soccer team.
Canada's roster features goalkeepers Karina LeBlanc and Erin McLeod, defenders Candace Chapman, Carmelina Moscato, Emily Zurrer, Robyn Gayle, Lauren Sesselmann, Chelsea Stewart and Rhian Wilkinson, midfielders Kaylyn Kyle, Diana Matheson, Kelly Parker, Sophie Schmidt and Desiree Scott, and forwards Jonelle Filigno, Christine Sinclair, Melissa Tancredi and Brittany Timko.
This marks Canada's second participation in the Women's Olympic Football Tournament. Canada is one of 12 teams focused on a podium result, with the competition split into three groups of four teams for the group phase.
This is Scott’s first-ever selection to the national Olympic squad. She commented after hearing the news, “I'm officially part of the 18 player roster heading to London this summer! I am completely honoured and blessed and honestly cannot stop smiling right now! Who would have ever thought this would be possible.”
The Winnipeg native has gained vast experience with the Canadian national team over the last four years as she has 43 caps (appearances) for Team Canada so far. Her national resume includes: Canada Soccer Female Player of the Month for January 2012 after helping Canada qualify for the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament while earning three-straight “Player of the Match” honours; started four of five games (played in all five) and started both of the playoff matches at the 2012 Pan Am Games, which Canada won gold; she became the first Manitoba-trained player to participate in a FIFA Women's World Cup - the world's biggest women's sporting event. Scott played in two 2011 World Cup games, after being selected to the 21 player roster; Scott played for Canada in back-to-back wins at the Cyprus Women’s Cup in 2011 and 2010 plus part of two CONCACAF championships (gold in 2010 and silver).
The 2009-10 Bison Sports Female Athlete of the Year, Scott made a huge imprint on the Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer program as a player during her illustrious five-year career (2005-09). She earned four total conference All-Star recognition (First Team: 2008, 2009; Second Team: 2005, 2006) along with being named 2005 Canada West Rookie of the Year plus 2009, 2008 CIS First Team All-Canadian. The midfielder registered the most points and assists in a Bison career with 56 points (31 goals, 25 assists) in 64 conference regular season games. Scott also was part of the Bison women’s soccer coaching staff during the 2011 season.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Canada faces Japan on 25 July in Coventry, South Africa on 28 July in Coventry, and Sweden on 31 July in Newcastle. Both Japan (champion) and Sweden (bronze) were medal winners at the most recent FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011.
Either two or three teams will advance from each group, with eight teams participating in the quarter-final phase. The quarter-final matches are on 3 August, the semi-final matches are on 6 August, and the final medal matches are on 9 August.