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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State rising senior Nichelle Prince has been selected to Canada’s Algarve Cup roster, Canadian national team head coach John Herdman announced Saturday. Canada opens the tournament, being held in Portugal, against Denmark at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday before squaring off with Belgium at 10 a.m. ET Friday and concluding pool play against Iceland at 1:30 p.m. ET Monday.
Prince played in four of Canada’s five CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying matches, including Canada’s 3-1 Olympic qualification-clinching win over Costa Rica, when she assisted on the Canadians’ final tally. The Ajax, Ontario, native started a pair of matches in the tournament, posting a hat trick while assisting on another goal in a win over Guatemala, and playing 62 minutes in the tournament championship game against the United States.
The Algarve Cup, started in 1994 and held in the Algarve region of Portugal, is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and a key competition as Canada prepares for the Olympics in August.
“Our focus now is on preparing for the Olympic Games,” Herdman told Canada Soccer. “We learned a lot in Texas and we will be working on some key areas throughout our matches at the Algarve Cup. Both New Zealand and Brazil will be at the Olympics, so we’ll be taking this opportunity to scout those teams and to continue assessing the players available to us as we get closer to finalizing the team that will represent Canada in Rio.”
The 2016 Olympic draw will be held April 14 in Rio de Janeiro.
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