Canada set to take on USA in Concacaf Women’s Championship Final
Having achieved its primary goal of qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, Canada is now getting ready to take on the current World Champions USA on Wednesday, 17 October at 20:00 ET/17:00 PT.
The USA raised the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy in Vancouver, BC when Canada hosted the largest women’s sporting event in the world in 2015.
The Final will mark Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller’s first opportunity at the helm against Canada’s biggest rival.
“It’s a big rivalry. I am looking forward to this. It’s what we as coaches and players live for – to play these matches,” said Heiner Moller. “We came here to qualify first, but we have been focused on this match for a few days and we intent to bring our Canadian DNA to the pitch and put it all out there. We are now ten months away from the biggest event in women’s sport and getting the chance to play the reigning champions is an excellent opportunity to test ourselves as we begin to look towards France 2019.”
Canada have played the USA 59 times since 1986, most recently in a two-game series in 2017 that saw Canada draw the reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions 1-1 on home soil in Vancouver before falling 3:1 in San Jose in the return leg. Long a powerhouse in the women’s game, the USA have seen nations including Canada rise in the ranks and steadily threaten their current number one ranking. Canada’s last five games against the USA have resulted in two ties and three losses with close scoring lines.
“Anytime you are talking about Canada versus the USA you are talking about two teams that want to beat each other and aren’t going to give up a centimeter on the field to each other,” said veteran midfielder Diana Matheson. “They are always great games against the USA and it’s a rivalry, it’s a derby, and especially with this away crowd for us I think we relish that opportunity.”
With the stage set for the Final, the tournament was destined to see these two teams clash in the continental championship. Both Canada and the USA have gone undefeated in the tournament with the USA scoring 24 goals and Canada scoring 23. Both teams have players in the running for most goals in the tournament with Canada’s Adriana Leon (6) and the USA’s Alex Morgan (6) tied, and Canada’s Christine Sinclair, Jordyn Huitema and USA’s Tobin Heath tied with four apiece.
Both teams are in the unique position of having won the competition the last time they both competed in it with Canada winning in 2010 and the USA winning in 2014. Canada did not participate in 2014 as hosts for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.
Fans can watch the Concacaf Women’s Championship Final match LIVE on Concacaf Go at cwc.concacafgo.com and follow Canada Soccer on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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