Canada names midfielder Jessie Fleming captain of the women's soccer team

Midfielder Jessie Fleming has been named Canada captain ahead of the CONCACAF W Gold Cup.

The move has been expected since longtime skipper Christine Sinclair retired from the international game in December.

Fleming often served as captain when Sinclair was unavailable, leading the team out 11 times over the the past two years.

Fleming has won 125 caps for Canada, earning Olympic bronze in 2016 and gold in 2021.

Now a member of the Portland Thorns, the 25-year-old from London, Ont., previously spent four seasons with England's Chelsea.

Canada opens play Thursday against El Salvador at the CONCACAF W Gold Cup in Houston.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 21, 2024.

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press