The United States won the 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournament with a 3-0 win over Canada on Sunday night.
The sides traded chances in the first half, with Canada’s best opportunity going to Christine Sinclair:
#CANWNT denied!— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) February 9, 2020
@janinebeckie threads one through to @sincy12 who is denied by @AlyssaNaeher!
CAN 0 - 0 USA #WeBelong | #CANvsUSA | #CWOQ pic.twitter.com/YmbLfMSVVA
The closest the Americans came to scoring was a long-distance effort from Christen Press. Her effort crashed off the bar and the game remained scoreless.
Absolute heater from @ChristenPress gets denied by the bar!— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) February 9, 2020
Still scoreless moving into halftime but #USWNT are mounting pressure on #CANWNT's back line!
CAN 0 - 0 USA #WeBelong | #CANvsUSA | #CWOQ pic.twitter.com/KrkE0jX23Q
It was the first time that they’ve been held off the scoresheet after 45 minutes since the 2019 World Cup final. Canada also had 56% of the ball in a well-contested opening half.
At the hour mark, Lynn Williams gave the USWNT a 1-0 lead. She picked off a pass and fired the ball home.
USA take the lead!— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) February 10, 2020
A well placed shot from @lynnraenie find the back of the net to put the Americans up in the 60th.
CAN 0 - 1 USA #WeBelong | #CANvsUSA | #CWOQ pic.twitter.com/HS6sKOKwTn
Lindsey Horan doubled the lead for the USA, opening up some space for herself before placing a low shot into the bottom corner.
Make it two.— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) February 10, 2020
@LindseyHoran powers through to slide one past Labbeé to double the #USWNT's lead over #CANWNT.
CAN 0 - 2 USA #WeBelong | #CANvsUSA | #CWOQ pic.twitter.com/5pGWDqzUfV
Canada had a chance to pull one back a few moments later, as Janine Beckie ran at the American goal, but her ball across the face of the goal went just wide. It might have been a shot or a cross, but either way it just missed the desired target.
SO close!— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) February 10, 2020
@janinebeckie almost finds @deannecynthia_ at the back post to get one back on the Americans!
CAN 0 - 2 USA #WeBelong | #CANvsUSA | #CWOQ pic.twitter.com/Bes8CesoPu
The win was sealed for the Americans when Megan Rapinoe, who came off the bench in this one, ran onto a pass between the defenders and slid the ball under Stephanie Labbe to make it 3-0 in the 87th minute.
It was a bittersweet ending to a great tournament for Canada. On one hand, they qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, Jordyn Huitema won the Golden Boot and Christine Sinclair scored her record-breaking 185th international goal.
They seemed to run out of energy in the second half as waves of American attackers wore them down, which led to a couple of late goals, but an overall strong performance in this match against the best team in the world is something to build on ahead of an exciting few months for the program.