SOCCER

Five things to know: Canada

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With a trophy and a berth in the 2024 Summer Olympics on the line, the United States Women’s National Team returns to the field on Monday, July 18 to take on Canada in the 2022 Concacaf Women’s Championship Final. , which will pit the defending World Cup champions against the 2020 Olympic gold medallists, kicks off at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. local at Estadio BBVA in Monterrey, Mexico and airs in the US on Paramount + and ViX.

Get ready for the championship game with Five things to know about Canada.

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HOW THEY ARRIVED

Like USA, Canada automatically qualified for the Concacaf W Championship as the region’s second-highest ranked team and were placed against USA in Group B.


Canada, ranked sixth in the latest FIFA World Rankings, opened the group stage on July 5 with a 6-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago and followed that up with a 1-0 victory over Panama in the second game of the group stage to clinch a place. at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. With first place in the group on the line, Canada beat Costa Rica, 2-0, to secure a top spot in Group B.

In Thursday night’s semi-final against Jamaica, Canada opened the scoring in 18e minute and scored twice in the second half to defeat Reggae Girlz, 3-0, and advance to the final.

Like USA, Canada have outscored their opponents 12-0 so far in the Concacaf W Championship. Midfielders Julia Grosso and Jessie Fleming lead Canada and are tied for the tournament lead with three goals each while striker Janine Beckie had three assists, the best of the tournament.

INSIDE THE LIST

Beckie, Fleming and Grosso are three of the 18 players in this Canadian squad who were also part of the team that won gold at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. This group is led by longtime Canadian captain Christine Sinclair, all-time top scorer. scorer in the history of international football with 190 goals in 314 selections. Sinclair is one of 11 active NWSL players on this roster, with seven of the 12 NWSL clubs represented on this Canadian roster. Defenders Jayde Riviere and Zoe Burns also play in the United States, respectively for Michigan and USC.

Burns is one of five players called up by head coach Bev Priestman who was not on the 2021 Olympic roster. The others are goaltenders Sabrina D’Angelo and Lysianne Proulx, forward Cloe Lacasse and defenseman Bianca St George.


Overall, 21 of the 23 players on this roster have seen time at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship, with Burns and Proulx being the only players yet to see the pitch. Defender Kadeisha Buchanan has played every minute for Canada in this tournament and is one of only four players to have recorded all 360 minutes of action at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship. Beckie (346 minutes) and Fleming (324) recorded the next few minutes for Canada in this competition.

CANADA’S NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM BY POSITION


Guardians (3):
1-Kailen Sheridan (San Diego Wave FC, USA), 18-Sabrina D’Angelo (Vittsji, SWE), 22-Lysianne Proulx (Non-Club)


Defenders (9):
2-Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash, USA), 3-Kadeisha Buchanan (Chelsea, ENG), 4-Shelina Zadorsky (Tottenham Hotspur, ENG), 5-Quinn (OL Reign, USA), 8-Jayde Riviere (University of Michigan, USA), 10-Ashley Lawrence (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA), 14-Vanessa Gilles (Angel City FC, USA), 21-Zoe Burns (University of Southern California, USA), 23-Bianca St Georges (Chicago Red Star, USA)

Midfielders (4): 7-Julia Grosso (Juventus, ITA), 11-Desiree Scott (Kansas City Current, USA), 13-Sophie Schmidt (Houston Dash, USA), 17-Jessie Fleming (Chelsea, ANG)

Forwards (6) 6-Deanne Rose (Reading, ENG), 9-Jordyn Huitema (OL Reign, USA), 12-Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC, USA), 15-Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash, USA), 16-Janine Beckie (Portland Thorns FC, USA), 19-Adriana Leon (Manchester United, ENG), 20-Cloe Lacasse (Benfica, POR)

SERIES HISTORY: USA vs. Canada

The United States and Canada are to meet for the 63rd time in a series dating back to 1986, when the USWNT was only in its second year of existence. Canada is the most common opponent in USWNT history and the United States leads the overall series 51-4-7. Monday’s game will be the 10e meeting between the United States and Canada in the final of a Concacaf qualifying tournament. The USWNT are 8-0-1 against Canada in both World Cup and Olympics qualifying – each encounter ending in the tournament final – with the only tie in the 2008 Olympics qualifying where States United won the title on penalties.

USA and Canada last met in a Concacaf final on February 9, 2020, playing for the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament title. The United States beat Canada, 3-0, behind second-half goals from Lynn Williams, Lindsey Horan and Megan Rapinoe.

The most recent meeting between the United States and Canada came in the semifinals of the delayed 2020 Olympics, a 1-0 victory for the Canadians on August 2 in Kashima, Japan. Although he had the upper hand on offense for much of the game and edged Canada 17-5 that day, a 75eFleming’s one-minute penalty kick proved to be the difference as Canada recorded just their fourth victory over the United States and their first since 2001. After the semi-final victory, which ended a After 36 games without a win for Canada against the USWNT at the Olympics last summer, Canada won its first Olympic gold medal, beating Sweden 3-2 on penalties in the final after a 1-0 result. -1 thanks to the settlement.

Since that last meeting at the Olympics, the United States has gone 15-0-3 and outscored the opposition 76-5 in those 16 games. Canada is 8-2-4 since the Olympics, with losses to Mexico and Spain in that span.

FAMILY ENEMIES

International competition aside, there is a very high degree of familiarity between the two teams, as almost every player on the Canadian roster has played in the United States at some point, either professionally or collegially, where many have played against and with members of this American team.


Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan plays for San Diego Wave FC, where she is teammate with Americans Naomi Girma, Taylor Kornieck and Alex Morgan. Quinn and Jordan Huitema recently signed for OL Reign along with Alana Cook, Sofia Huerta, Rose Lavelle and Megan Rapinoe. Christine Sinclair and Janine Beckie are club teammates with Sam Coffey, Becky Sauerbrunn and Sophia Smith at Portland Thorns FC while Bianca St Georges plays for the Chicago Red Stars alongside Alyssa Naeher and Mallory Pugh.

Additionally, before signing with Chelsea this summer, Kadeisha Buchanan played alongside American Lindsey Horan for Olympique Lyon in France, where they won a league title.

DESTINATION DOWN

By virtue of finishing in the top two of Group B, Canada qualified for their eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup, participating in every edition of the tournament since 1995. Canada’s best result at the World Cup came in 2003, when the Canadians finished fourth. , falling to the United States 3-1 in the match for third place. Canada have been knocked out of the group stage on two other occasions at the World Cup – reaching the quarter-finals as hosts in 2015 and the round of 16 at France 2019.

Canada will head Down Under looking to do what has only been done twice before: follow an Olympic gold medal with a World Cup. After winning the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women’s football in 1996, USA followed that up with a trophy at the iconic 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. 2012 Summer Olympics in London and followed that up with a 2015 World Cup win in Canada.

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