Jordyn Huitema and Team Canada fall to United States

A roster dotted with teenagers gave the Americans all they could handle at a match in San Jose.

Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema logged 30 minutes for Team Canada in an women’s soccer friendly versus the United States.

Huitema’s team fell 3-1 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, in the back half of a home-and-home that started last Thursday with a 1-1 draw in Vancouver.

Huitema checked into the game in the 60th minute, coming in to replace Canadian soccer legend Christine Sinclair.

She was one of six teenagers who got into the game.

Jessie Fleming and Deanne Rose were in the starting lineup with Huitema, Ariel Young, Jayde Riviere, and Julia Grosso coming on in the second half.

Twenty three year old Colorado native Janine Beckie scored the lone Canadian goal.

Given his young lineup, Canadian head coach John Herdman seemed happy with the result.

“We sent a message about our intent to get to number one through our actions in the first match of the series, and the goal for this second match was to attain consistency,” Herdman said. “These women put in a shift tonight and I can’t say enough how proud of each and every one of them I am.

“We’ll take away some lessons from tonight, and from the match in Vancouver, but I can honestly say we feel pretty good about what we’ve accomplished against this US team and there are no hung heads coming out of this camp.”

See canadasoccer.com for more info.

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