Following a 1-1 draw on Thursday at BC Place against the world’s number one team, the United States, the Canadian women’s national team travel to San Jose for a rematch.
Canada were able to get the benefit of a strong home crowd and a United States team that did not look up to their regular standard. At least one of those things will change in San Jose, where Canada will be greeted with a much tougher test and one they will likely need a better performance to pass.
The match will be played at Avaya Stadium, the home of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes. With an 18,000 capacity, Canada can expect an intimate but loud pro-USA crowd, which they will look to silence.
Kick-off: 9:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Avaya Stadium, San Jose
Having already achieved a result at home, how much does John Herdman rotate his squad for the away match against the United States?
For the game at BC Place, probably the more important of the two given its exposure in Canada, Herdman went with a veteran lineup of established players.
Herdman may look to mix things up and give out a few more opportunities in leg two to less experienced players. One player who could be in for more playing time is debutant Maegan Kelly, who impressed off the bench in Vancouver. The 25-year-old came very close to scoring a huge winning goal in her first appearance for Canada but hit the post.
Whoever the U.S. put up against Jessie Fleming in midfield.
The 19-year-old was superb yet again at BC Place, buying time and space for herself in the centre of the park like few other players can.
Whenever Fleming got on the ball in the opposition half, good things usually happened for Canada against an American back line that can match up physically but be exposed by passing between the lines.
There is little doubt nowadays that the UCLA Bruin is Canada’s most important player and frustrating them depends on shutting her down.
Having another passing outlet in Adriana Leon on the field clearly helped Fleming after the winger’s introduction in the first half, and Herdman is likely to go straight back to that combination in this game.
TV channel & live stream
TV: FS1 (USA)
Stream: CanadaSoccer.com (Canada), Fox Sports Go (USA)
No changes to the squads that played in Vancouver have been announced.
Canada are missing Europe-based players Kadeisha Buchanan and Sophie Schmidt, but Ashley Lawrence has made the trip over.
USA: Harris; O’Hara, Sonnett, Sauerbrunn, Short; Mewis, Ertz, Lloyd; Williams, Morgan, Press.
Canada: D'Angelo; Lawrence, Zadorsky, Quinn, Chapman; Scott, Kelly, Fleming; Sinclair, Beckie, Leon