Coming off her best performance of the season in last week’s Western Conference Final against Pali Blues, Whitecaps goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain will not be in the lineup when the ‘Caps battle Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues in Thursday’s W-League semifinal.
Where will she be? In Bescot, Walsall, England with the English women’s national team, as they host Turkey in a crucial World Cup qualifier. Chamberlain will join the Whitecaps in California on Friday, so she will be available for Saturday’s championship final if the team advances.
Striker Jodi-Ann Robinson, who was just named to the W-League All Western Conference team for the second consecutive year, will not be with the team either, due to “university commitments.” Team MVP, W-League All Western Conference team honouree, and league MVP candidate Melissa Tancredi is also listed as questionable for Thursday’s semifinal, due to family commitments in Southern Ontario. Neither player would be available for Saturday’s championship match.
Meanwhile, midfielder Monica Lam-Feist is listed as day-to-day and could suit up for the ‘Caps in Cali, while renowned Canadian international Kara Lang is “unlikely” to dress, according to Whitecaps head coach Hubert Busby Jr.
Finally, midfielder Sophie Schmidt will be arriving in Santa Clarita, California at 5 p.m. on Thursday for an 8 p.m. kick-off, so it will be interesting to see how Busby Jr. utilizes the W-League Western Conference all-star.
If the Whitecaps can somehow pull out a W on Thursday, they fully deserve to be W-League champions because these are all impact players we’re talking about. I guess it’s time for the young guns to shine.