Desiree Scott toughens up Canada's Olympic soccer squad
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
Canada's Desiree Scott (R) brings a nasty edge to the national women's soccer team going for bronze Thursday at the 2012 Summer Games. (REUTERS)
There’s no question captain Christine Sinclair is the leader of the Canadian women’s soccer team with her skill and drive.
But from a physical play standpoint, there’s no one better than Desiree “The Destroyer” Scott.
Though she’s just 5-foot-3, Scott has impressed people here with her take-no-prisoners tackles, relentless box-to-box pursuit and the attitude she brings to the Canadian backfield.
In typical robust fashion late in the Monday’s controversial semifinal loss to the Americans, Scott slid to contest a ball. The knee of the American player drove into the front of Scott’s knee, bending her leg back in a sickening fashion.
Glances and grimaces were exchanged in the press box.
But Scott got up, hobbled to the sideline, conferred with coach John Herdman and stayed in the game.
After the game, Scott walked by reporters. When somebody said they were surprised to see her walking, she said, “I am, too.”
As of Tuesday night, Canadian coach John Herdman said he believed the Canadians had come out of the game with “no crucial injuries, just knocks, bruises and tired legs and would have a full squad for the bronze medal game against France.
“I think Desy will be alright,” he said.
Good news for Canada.
Not so much for the French attackers.