Canada comes up short vs. France in latest loss

The Olympic champions put in an uneven performance in one of their final World Cup tune-up matches on Tuesday.

Canada comes up short vs. France in latest loss
  • Canada 1 (Huitema 71’), France 2 (Geyoro 51’; Le Garrec 64’)
  • Canadians have lost 3 of 4 games in 2023, with just 1 win
  • Grosso earns 50th cap, Collins makes her debut for Canada

It would appear that the Canadian women’s team has some work to do before travelling to Australia and New Zealand for this summer’s FIFA World Cup.

A short-handed Canadian side was far from its best on Tuesday night in losing 2-1 to France in an international friendly before an announced crowd of 14,201 at Stade Marie-Marvingt in Le Mans.

Jordyn Huitema scored in a losing cause for Canada, who has now lost three of the four games it’s played this year with just a single win to its credit. Overall, the Canadians have lost four of five matches dating back to last November.

While far from a disastrous performance from the Canadians, it was nonetheless an uneven effort by the Olympic champions. Christine Sinclair started and was largely anonymous before being replaced in the second half. Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan committed a howler that led to the winning goal. Julia Grosso proved to be a defensive liability in midfield. Ashley Lawrence had a quiet night by her high standards.