BATON ROUGE – Two LSU Soccer standouts have made the trip to Portugal to compete with Canada in the 2016 Algarve Cup beginning Wednesday as former All-SEC defender and 2015 World Cup veteran Allysha Chapman and two-time All-SEC striker Summer Clarke were named to the squad by head coach John Herdman last weekend.
Chapman, who plays professionally with the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League, has emerged as one of the first names on Herdman’s team sheet with her performance in recent years.
Since making her full international debut at the senior level with the Canadian Women’s National Team on Oct. 24, 2014, Chapman has earned 26 international caps while making 22 starts as Canada’s left back. She was instrumental in her nation’s run to the quarterfinal round at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup held on their home soil in Canada last summer.
Along with her defensive prowess, Chapman has scored one goal and been credited with two assists from left back position while playing with Canada’s senior squad. She scored her first and only international goal for Canada at the senior level nearly one year ago with the winner in a 1-0 victory over Italy at the 2015 Cypress Women’s Cup.
Clarke is set to make her return to the international stage for the first time as she seeks her first senior cap for Canada after proving to be one of her country’s bright young stars at youth level. Prior to joining the Tiger program as a highly-decorated youth international, Clarke was Canada’s leading scorer at the Under-17 level and even led her nation to the quarterfinals at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
Clarke has since developed into one of the most dynamic attacking players in NCAA Division I soccer while totaling 24 goals and 12 assists for 60 points in her three seasons in Baton Rouge since 2013. She has twice won Second-Team All-SEC honors in a vote of the league’s head coaches as a freshman in 2013 and as a junior in 2015 while proving to be one of the SEC’s top talents.
Chapman and Clarke both look to play a major role in Canada’s fortunes at this year’s Algarve Cup as the competition begins in Portugal with their first Group A match against Denmark on Wednesday.
The Canadians will also face Belgium on Friday and Iceland on Monday to determine who will face the representative from Group B in the Algarve Cup Final on Wednesday, March 9. Nations represented in Group B are Portugal, New Zealand, Russia and Brazil. The Brazilians feature in the competition as the host nation for the 2016 Olympic Games this summer.