Hellstrom named to CANWNT training camp before CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying

BY: Matthew Cavalier, Washington Spirit

Boyds, Md., (1/10/20) – Washington Spirit forward Jenna Hellstrom has been named to the Canadian Women’s National Team’s 22-player training camp ahead of the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. The pre-camp is the final preparation ahead of the eight-nation tournament that opens on 29 January in Edinburg, Texas. 

Canada’s final 20-player roster for the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship will be released later this month.

Hellstrom has been a consistent figure in the Canadian squad, being called up seven times since making her debut with the Canadian senior team in March of 2018. Hellstrom also joined the CANWNT at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup last summer. Hellstrom has made four appearances thus far in her young international career.

Kenneth Heiner-Møller, CANWNT Head Coach, had this to say on the selections: “It’s a crucial period for our Women’s National Team as we prepare for our opportunity to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.” 

Heiner-Møller continued: “It’s an exciting time for our players knowing the year that could be ahead for them. We want to qualify for Tokyo 2020 and deliver a massive performance at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Japan.”

Canada will face St. Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica and Mexico in Group B, after which the top two nations in the group will cross over to alternate Concacaf Semi-finals against the top-two nations in Group A. 

The two winners of those Concacaf Semi-finals on Friday, February 7 will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as well as advance to the Sunday, February 9 Concacaf Final. Both the Semi-finals and Final will be played in Carson, CA.

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