Jan. 26, 2016
OTTAWA, ONTARIO ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Former South Carolina goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo has earned a spot on Canada’s 2016 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying team, as announced by head coach John Herdman on Tuesday.
D’Angelo and 19 other players secured roster spots during the team’s final training camp that took place in early January. The Welland, Ontario, native joins Erin McLeod and Stephanie Labbe as the three goalkeepers for the Canadians, who enter the tournament ranked No. 11 in the world.
Canada opens Olympic qualifying in Group B against Guyana on Feb. 11 before facing Trinidad and Tobago on Feb. 14. The Canadians round out group play against Guatemala (Feb. 19), and all three matches are set to take place at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.
The qualifying event features eight countries divided into two groups of four. The top two finishers in each group will advance to the semifinals (Feb. 19), and the winners of the semifinals will earn a spot in the 2016 Olympic Games and play in the championship match on Feb. 21.
D’Angelo, who played for the Gamecocks from 2011-14, ended her collegiate career with the most matches played (83) and matches started (81) in program history. She ranks in the top three in shutouts (29) and goals against average (0.76) and is the only South Carolina player to be named a First-Team All-American twice.
D’Angelo was selected No. 21 overall by the New York Flash in the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Draft, and she saw time in seven matches in her debut season before a shoulder injury sidelined her.