USA wins 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship with 2-0 victory over Canada.
Morgan Wins Golden Boot, Julie Ertz Golden Ball, USA Wins Fair Play Award.
The USWNT finished a perfect 5-0-0 run and defeated Canada 2-0 in the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Final on Wednesday night. It was the sixth regional title for the USA, which outscored opponents 26-0 in the tournament.
Like in its previous four games, the USA scored the opening goal inside the first 10 minutes of the match when Rose Lavelle scored from the top of the box in the second minute of play to put the USA ahead. The rest of the half went scoreless but as it tends to be when these teams meet, it was a physical matchup that saw Canada’s Rebecca Quinn and Allysha Chapman earn yellow cards in the 26th and 31st minutes, and Tobin Heath pick up a caution in the 33rd. The teams also combined for 16 fouls in the first half, and Canada earned two more yellow cards in the second half.
The USA outshot Canada 7-3 in the first 45, with Canada only managing to get one of its own on target, which Alyssa Naeher did well to push wide.
In the second half, the USA did not allow Canada to get a shot on goal, and outshot its northern neighbor 5-1, for a final 12-4 shot advantage. The U.S. continued to push throughout the period and in the 89th minute got its second goal when Morgan finished a Lindsey Horan cross with her left foot for her tournament-leading seventh goal.
The USA earned three individual awards: Morgan won the Golden Boot as the top scorer of the tournament, Julie Ertz – who was on the 2014 Concacaf Women’s Championship roster but did not play – won the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament, and the team won the Fair Play award. Additionally, Kelley O’Hara, Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Ertz, Horan, Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe and Morgan earned Concacaf Best XI honors for their play throughout the tournament.
Earlier in the day, in the Third-Place Match, Jamaica defeated Panama 4-2 in a penalty shootout, after the teams tied 2-2 through regulation and overtime, to earn an automatic berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Jamaica becomes the first Caribbean nation in history to advance to a Women’s World Cup. Panama will now go into a two-leg intercontinental playoff and face Argentina for a chance to secure a spot in France.
– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –
Match: USA 2-0 Canada
Date: October 17, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship – Final
Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local)
Weather: 52 degrees, rain
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn (14-Casey Short, 90+3); 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle (10-Carli Lloyd, 88), 9-Lindsey Horan; 17-Tobin Heath (11-Mallory Pugh, 90+2), 13-Alex Morgan (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe
Substitutes not used: 18-Ashlyn Harris, 2-Emily Sonnett, 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian, 12-Hailie Mace, 20-Christen Press
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
CANADA: 1-Stephanie Labbé, 2-Allysha Chapman (8-Diana Matheson, 76), 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 5-Rebecca Quinn, 10-Ashley Lawrence; 13-Sophie Schmidt, 17-Jessie Fleming, 15-Nichelle Prince (19-Adriana Leon, 46), 16-Janine Beckie (9-Jordyn Huitema, 88), 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.)
Substitutes not used: 18-Kailen Sheridan; 20-Lindsay Agnew, 11-Emma Regan, 14-Gabby Carle, 7-Julia Grosso, 6-Deanne Rose,
Head Coach: Kenneth Heiner-Møller
Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 12 / 4
Shots on Goal: 5 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 16
Offside: 7 / 1
CAN – Rebecca Quinn (caution) 27th minute
CAN – Allysha Chapman (caution) 31 minute
USA – Tobin Heath (caution) 33 minute
CAN – Kadeisha Buchanan (caution) 52 minute
CAN – Jessie Fleming (caution) 69 minute
Referee: Lucila Vengas (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Mijensa Rensch (SUR)
4th Official: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan
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