April 21st, 2024

Canada names midfielder Jessie Fleming captain of the women’s soccer team

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on February 21, 2024.

Canada's Jessie Fleming vies for the ball with Australia's Kyra Cooney-Cross, right, during the Women's World Cup Group B soccer match between Australia and Canada in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, July 31, 2023. Fleming has been Canada captain ahead of the CONCACAF W Gold Cup. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Hamish Blair

Midfielder Jessie Fleming has been named Canada captain ahead of the CONCACAF W Gold Cup.

The move has been expected since longtime skipper Christine Sinclair retired from the international game in December.

Fleming often served as captain when Sinclair was unavailable, leading the team out 11 times over the the past two years.

Fleming has won 125 caps for Canada, earning Olympic bronze in 2016 and gold in 2021.

Now a member of the Portland Thorns, the 25-year-old from London, Ont., previously spent four seasons with England’s Chelsea.

Canada opens play Thursday against El Salvador at the CONCACAF W Gold Cup in Houston.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 21, 2024.

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