Canadians chase Peace Queen Cup

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

Goalkeeper Erin McLeod and striker Christine Sinclair are among 10 Vancouver Whitecaps leading Canada's national women's soccer team to the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea.

Canada begins the eight-team tournament Saturday in Seoul against group A rival Italy and continues Oct. 30 against South Korea and Nov. 1 against Brazil. Australia, Denmark, Netherlands and United States are in Group B. The top two teams meet in the Nov. 4 final.

North Korea withdrew two days after its government tested a nuclear bomb on Oct. 9.

Leisha Alcia, one of five Ottawa Fury players on the trip, is McLeod's backup because netminders Karina LeBlanc and Taryn Swiatek are both injured.

Canada continues to miss Kara Lang and Katie Thorlakson, who both suffered knee injuries with the Whitecaps. Charmaine Hooper, a veteran of 20 years, is one of three players suspended from the roster.

Canada will return to Burnaby to train Nov. 13- 17 for the Women's Gold Cup. A win in the Nov. 22 semifinal against Panama or Jamaica will ensure a berth in the 2007 Women's World Cup in China.


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