Canadian women’s soccer team doesn’t need much incentive to belt out a song or shake a leg. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Score a goal, shake a leg. Canada’s World Cup soccer women have the music in them

PARIS — Safe to say, members of the Canadian women’s soccer team have the music in them.

From grooving to Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” on the team bus to flossing during an impromptu rendition of “O Canada” on a stadium visit at the Women’s World Cup, the Canadians don’t need much incentive to belt out a song or shake a leg.

“Everybody can relate to music and I think that’s the beauty of it,” said veteran midfielder Sophie Schmidt. “It just brings people alive and makes you want to move. You can’t have a bad time listening to music and so I think our team thrives on that

“We’re a music culture. It’s amazing to see people singing, dancing. People who are sometimes in their shell, they come alive when songs come on so it’s great to see.”

Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe serves as the team’s pre- and post-game DJ. “I’m just the locker-room DJ,” she explains.

“We all request the music and she then creates the playlist,” said defender Kadeisha Buchanan, a hip-hop and reggae fan. “The team has a wide range of music (interests). She does a great job of mixing in the old and the young, pop and country.”

Labbe says she does the best she can with the suggestions she gets.

“Sometimes it’s a little difficult. I’ve got to hunt people down to get those option. But yes, I get suggestions and then I kind of fill it in with my own taste of music. I try to please everybody.”

A recent training session featured tracks by Travis Scott, Nicky Jam & J. Balvin, DJ Snake, Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny prior to warmups. Another began to the sounds of Taylor Swift, Post Malone, Martin Garrix, Drake, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber.

The team playlist can also tell a story. Captain Christine Sinclair, no fan of being in the spotlight, was quietly singled out by including Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” early in the playlist at training the day she turned 36.

The team’s Shania video featured Labbe and fellow ‘keepers, Kailen Sheridan and Sabrina D’Angelo taking turns strutting their stuff in the bus aisle. Asked who had the best moves, Schmidt diplomatically demurred.

“Great performances by all three. Shania would be proud.”

Indeed she was. Twain responded to the video with a “LET’S GO GIRLS!!” tweet, accompanied by a hands raised-in-celebration emoji.

As for dance moves, the team has no shortage of women who can move. Midfielder Desiree Scott, for example, is a certified Zumba instructor. Buchanan counts the Whip among her dance moves.

Some players have their own musical must-listens.

“I have to listen Michael Jackson’s ‘Man in the Mirror’ before ever game. It started in college,” Sinclair confesses.

Schmidt said she listens to “super-mellow” music before taking the field. Defender-midfielder Rebecca Quinn also prefers more mellow material, citing Lake Street Drive as a favourite band.

“I think it takes a lot of energy out of me if I’m listening to hard-core rap too long before a game. I don’t think Kadeisha and I would bode well as roommates,” Quinn said with a laugh.

But she still appreciates the pre-game soundtrack.

“Once we get into the locker-room I really enjoy having other people set up a playlist because it’s not something that would be in my normal repertoire,” she added. “But at that time, it’s the time to go so it works.”

Asked about the team’s victory song, Buchanan said the best choice is DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win,” featuring Ludacris, Rick Ross, T-Pain & Snoop Dogg.

Labbe was more circumspect, however.

“That might have to remain within the team for now. But I’m sure it’ll (come out) at some point.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is cancelling his planned trip to… Continue reading

Town of Ponoka facing lawsuit from pair of local residents

Ponoka town council members and administration have been served with a lawsuit… Continue reading

Trudeau confers with cabinet ministers as rail blockades continue

The Trudeau government has been criticized for not doing more to end the blockades

Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

TYENDINAGA, Ont. — Hours of talks between the federal government and representatives… Continue reading

Red Deer County investing in fibre optics

County investing $7 million over two years to improve Internet connections

Fashion Fridays: Apple body types: What you need to know

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Feb. 6 A Perogie Supper is being held Thursday, Feb. 6 from… Continue reading

Woman loses 50 pairs of shoes after boyfriend accidentally donates them to thrift store

Cassandra Converse can’t wait to go shoe shopping. Last month, Converse’s boyfriend… Continue reading

RDC Queens fall in double OT to MacEwan University Griffins

Griffins 4 Queens 3 (2OT) The RDC Queens managed to salvage a… Continue reading

Trump takes Daytona 500 warmup lap in presidential limousine

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump gave an election-year embrace to… Continue reading

Canada expected to support heavy fuel ban in Arctic despite costs to northerners

The federal government is expected to support international measures that would reduce… Continue reading

Nurses’ unions warn national standards for coronavirus protection too low

OTTAWA — The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is warning that the… Continue reading

‘Sonic’ speeds to $57M debut; ‘Parasite’ sees big Oscar bump

NEW YORK — The redesigned “Sonic the Hedgehog” showed plenty of teeth… Continue reading

Justin Timberlake on ‘trauma’ of being pelted with bottles at SARS concert

TORONTO — Justin Timberlake is still haunted by being pelted with what… Continue reading

Most Read