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Hernandez Gray Earns First Call-Up to Canada WNT from Girls Elite Academy

November 23, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Vancouver Whitecaps FC News Release


VANCOUVER, BC - Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Academy midfielder Jeneva Hernandez Gray has earned her first call-up to the Canadian women's national team for upcoming friendlies against Australia on December 1 in Langford, BC and December 5 at BC Place in Vancouver, BC. The December 5 match will also see three Whitecaps FC alumni recognized for their careers with Canada, including Erin McLeod, Sophie Schmidt, and Christine Sinclair.

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The 17-year-old joins three other Whitecaps FC Girls Elite graduates on the roster, including defender Jayde Riviere, midfielder Julia Grosso, and striker Jordyn Huitema. Fellow Girls Elite graduate Emma Regan was unavailable due to injury.

Hernandez Gray was recently named the 2023 Whitecaps FC Female Most Promising Player and was a key part of the Girls Elite Academy's historic season that saw the team capture five different trophies.

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Over the past two years, Hernandez Gray has come up clutch in the biggest moments. Last year, she scored the winning goal in the League1 BC final, and this year she assisted the winning goal to repeat as champions at BC Place. The product of Coquitlam, BC also scored twice in the 5-4 thriller over Unity FC to clinch the regular season title, and had a goal and an assist in the League1 Canada Inter-Provincial Championship final.

Hernandez Gray has previously represented Canada at the U-15, U-17, and U-20 national team levels, playing at the 2022 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India and helping the Red & White qualify for the 2024 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.

CANADA SQUAD 

GK- Sabrina D'Angelo | ENG / Arsenal FC

GK- Lysianne Proulx | AUS / Melbourne City FC

GK- Kailen Sheridan | USA / San Diego Wave FC

CB- Kadeisha Buchanan | ENG / Chelsea FC

CB- Vanessa Gilles | FRA / FCF Olympique Lyonnais

CB- Jade Rose | USA / Harvard University

CB- Shelina Zadorsky | ENG / Tottenham Hotspur

FB- Gabrielle Carle | USA / Washington Spirit

FB- Sydney Collins | USA / NC Courage 

FB- Ashley Lawrence | ENG / Chelsea FC

FB- Jayde Riviere | ENG / Manchester United FC

FB- Bianca St-Georges | USA / Chicago Red Stars

M- Simi Awujo | USA / University of Southern California

M- Jessie Fleming | ENG / Chelsea FC

M- Julia Grosso | ITA / Juventus FC

M- Jeneva Hernandez Gray | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC

M- Quinn | USA / OL Reign

M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Houston Dash*

F- Jordyn Huitema | USA / OL Reign

F- Cloé Lacasse | ENG / Arsenal FC

F- Adriana Leon | ENG / Aston Villa

F- Nichelle Prince | USA / Houston Dash

F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC

F- Olivia Smith | POR / Sporting CP

F- Evelyne Viens | ITA / AS Roma

*Sophie Schmidt will join the team on 2 December following the first match of the series.

CANADA (A-Z)   

Player | Age | City in which they grew up | Notable youth clubs   

Nom de joueur | Âge | Lieu où il a grandi | Début d'activité/premier club 

Awujo, Simi | she/elle | 19 | Atlanta, GA, USA | AFC Lightning

Buchanan, Kadeisha | she/elle | 27 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brams United SC

Carle, Gabrielle | she/elle | 25 | Lévis, QC, CAN | AS Chaudière-Est

Collins, Sydney | she/elle | 24 | Beaverton, OR, USA | 

D'Angelo, Sabrina | she/elle | 30 | Welland, ON, CAN | Welland SC Wizards

Fleming, Jessie | she/elle | 25 | London, ON, CAN | Nor'West Optimist SC

Gilles, Vanessa | she/elle | 27 | Ottawa, ON, CAN | Ottawa Capital United SC

Grosso, Julia | she/elle | 23 | Vancouver, BC, CAN | Vancouver's Italian Canadian SF

Hernandez Gray, Jeneva | she/elle | 17 | Coquitlam, BC, CAN | Port Coquitlam Euro-Rite FC

Huitema, Jordyn | she/elle | 22 | Chilliwack, BC, CAN | Chilliwack FC

Lacasse, Cloé | she/elle | 30 | Sudbury, ON, CAN | Sudbury

Lawrence, Ashley | she/elle | 28 | Caledon East, ON, CAN | Brams United SC

Leon, Adriana | she/elle | 31 | Maple and King City, ON, CAN | Vaughan Azzuri

Prince, Nichelle | she/elle | 28 | Ajax, ON, CAN | Ajax SC

Proulx, Lysianne | she/elle | 24 | Boucherville, QC, CAN | CS Boucherville

Quinn | they/iel | 28 | Toronto, ON, CAN | North Toronto SC

Riviere, Jayde | she/elle | 22 | Markham, ON, CAN | West Rouge SC

Rose, Jade | she/elle | 20 | Markham, ON, CAN | Markham SC

Schmidt, Sophie | she/elle | she/elle | 34 | Abbotsford, BC, CAN | Abbotsford

Sheridan, Kailen | she/elle | 28 | Whitby, ON, CAN | Pickering SC

Sinclair, Christine | she/elle | 40 | Burnaby, BC, CAN | South Burnaby Metro Club Bees

Smith, Olivia | she/elle | 19 | Whitby, ON, CAN | Whitby Iroquois SC

St-Georges, Bianca | she/elle | 26 | St-Charles-Borommée, QC, CAN | St-Félix De Valois

Viens, Evelyne | she/elle | 26 | L'Ancienne-Lorette, QC, CAN | AS Mistral Laurentien

Zadorsky, Shelina | she/elle | 31 | Kitchener & London, ON, CAN | Kitchener SC


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