The global pandemic has affected many members of the Canadian women’s team in different ways, but especially its youngsters.
The Canadian team was idle for close to a year due to COVID-19 precautions before competing in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup in Orlando in February. Prior to that four-nation, invitational tournament, Canada’s previous match was on March 10, 2020 when it battled Brazil to a 2-2 draw at the Tournoi de France. The enforced break due to the pandemic stunted the progress of a number of young prospects on the national team, including Julia Grosso.
Grosso, a 20-year-old midfielder from Vancouver, has earned 21 caps since making her senior team debut in 2017. She was on a strong upward trend following a solid showing at last year’s Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament where she made two appearances (including a start in Canada’s opening match) and collected an assist on an Ashley Lawrence goal.