Canadian captain was informed by former coach before announcement went public
Canadian captain Christine Sinclair clarified her response to John Herdman leaving the women's national soccer team for the men's squad in a tweet on Tuesday night.
Herdman, who led the Canadian women to back-to-back Olympic bronze medals, took over Canada's men's program on Monday as head coach and men's EXCEL director.
The announcement appeared to surprise even Sinclair, who responded to the move by tweeting "Speechless right now...."
The 34-year-old Sinclair has appeared in 262 games for Canada, scoring 169 goals and 53 assists.
Herdman, 42, took charge of the Canadian women in August 2011 and lead the program to a record-high fourth in the world rankings after winning bronze at the 2016 Olympics. The women are currently ranked No. 5.
The women are being taken over by former assistant coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller.
Herdman replaced the fired Octavio Zambrano, who was 3-2-2 since becoming the Canadian bench boss last March.