Coach John Herdman named his 24-player roster Monday, saying that the objective for Cyprus is build on team unity.
"We'll be only three months out from a World Cup with probably only a few more games after this tournament," said Herdman. "We're starting to define the players' roles and responsibilities in the team environment and the team culture."
Canada will open the tournament on March 4 against Scotland in Nicosia. They'll face South Korea two days later in Larnaca, before wrapping up Group A play on March 9 versus Italy in Nicosia.
The Canadians will field a mix of veterans, such as Karina LeBlanc, Erin McLeod and Melissa Tancredi, and rising stars such as Kadeisha Buchanan and Janine Beckie for the tournament, which falls about three months before Canada hosts the FIFA Women's World Cup.
"This Cyprus Cup has a clear outcome and that clear outcome is building that team cohesion similar to what we did in the Four Nations (in China) where we built a depth in the squad," Herdman said. "In Cyprus, it's about the cohesion in the group of players to go and win football matches."
Canada has won the Cyprus Cup three time, and will be gunning for its first title since 2011. The Canadians will also be looking to build on their good start to this year, winning three games in China en route to capturing the Bao'an Cup.
Canada finished second in Group A in last year's Cyprus Cup and were relegated to the fifth-place match where the beat Ireland 2-1.Suggest a correction