The Canadian women’s national team take on the United States on Sunday night in the final of the 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Both sides have already qualified for the Olympics — Canada with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica on Friday — but this will still be a highly-competitive match between the region’s top two sides.
“I’m really looking forward to this final match against USA,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach in a press release. “I know USA might be considered the favourites, but I am actually looking forward to be a part of that rivalry. We are definitely not finished in this tournament. Even though we qualified to the Olympics, there is also a final in this tournament, and every time there is a final, you go for the win.”
Like Canada, the USWNT haven’t conceded a goal yet in the tournament, having won their group with a combined goal difference of 18-0. They also beat Mexico 4-0 on Friday to seal their qualification to Tokyo 2020.
Canada won their three group games by a combined score of 22-0, and sealed qualification with the aforementioned 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Friday.
Jordyn Huitema scored the game winner on Friday, her tournament-leading seventh of the competition.
Canada and the United States are two of only five nations to have qualified for every Olympic Games tournament since the first one in 1996. The Americans have won 4/6 gold medals, while Canada are the only nation to have picked up a medal at both of the last two, winning bronze medals in both London and Rio de Janeiro.
The match will also be a good test for both sides ahead of tournaments that they’re due to take part in during the March international break.
The Americans will take on England, Spain and Japan at the SheBelieves Cup, while Canada are heading across the pond to play in the inaugural Tournoi de France with France, Netherlands and Brazil.
How to watch:
This one will be available to watch on OneSoccer, as well as on TV - on Rogers, SaskTel and TELUS. Kickoff is at 6 pm ET.