RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (NEWS 1130) – Canada has a new Olympic hero in women’s soccer, and her name is Deanne Rose. She scored the opening goal and assisted on another in Sao Paulo as Canada defeated Brazil 2-1 in the bronze medal game of the women’s soccer tournament.
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Rose, a 17-year-old native of Alliston, Ontario, was making only her 11th start in 19 appearances for Canada. It was her fourth goal for her country, and her first at the Olympics. Captain and Burnaby native Christine Sinclair, earning her 250th cap on the day, also scored for Canada on a setup by Rose and fellow teenager Jessie Fleming.
Canada also won bronze four years ago at the London Olympics when Diana Matheson scored a late goal against France.
Coming off a somewhat underwhelming showing at last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup on home soil, and with the squad featuring a number of youngsters, this Canadian team was believed to be one in transition — that it was building for the future, and that reaching the medal podium in Rio would have been a bridge too far.
But those same youngsters starred for Canada at this tournament, helping the Reds cruise through the group stage with a perfect record, and capped off a strong Olympic tournament by winning the bronze medal.
Canada is No. 10 in the current FIFA world rankings, two spots behind Brazil. The Reds also defeated Australia (No. 5), Germany (No. 2) and France (No. 3) earlier in the tournament en route to reaching the bronze medal game.