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Sinclair’s Successor: Jessie Fleming Named Women’s National Team Captain

By on February 21, 2024 0 846 Views

Jessie Fleming has been officially named the Canadian Women’s National Team captain ahead of the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup.

The three-time Canada Soccer Player of the Year was touted as the natural successor to the former captain Christine Sinclair after her retirement last December. She has worn the captain’s armband eleven times previously, including at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2023 Concacaf W Olympic Play-In series.

“When choosing the captain of this team, we felt it was important to choose someone who embodied the values of this team,” explained Canadian women’s national team head coach Bev Preistman.

“We have a team that is incredibly hard working, has high standards, humility and respect and we wanted a captain that could really lead this team across those values. Jessie doesn’t need to change, she leads by example, she’s humble, and she’s a big team player which is exactly what this team needs.”

Priestman previously emphasized that she was relying on a group of leaders rather than just one leader to take up the mantle after Sinclair’s retirement, but it was evident that Fleming was the favourite to don the famous armband.

The 25-year-old midfielder has made 123 international senior appearances with Canada, where she has won the Olympic Bronze Medal in 2016 and Olympic Gold Medal in 2021. The London, Ontario native now plies her trade with the Portland Thorns in the NWSL after jumping across the pond from Chelsea in the WSL this winter. She joins up with fellow Canadian’s Christine Sinclair and Janine Beckie for the 2024 NWSL season.

Canada will open its Concacaf W Gold Cup account tomorrow against El Salvador, before facing off again Paraguay and Costa Rica in the remainder of the group stage.

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques

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