Sunday, August 14, 2011

U.S. Women's Soccer to Take on Canada

The U.S. Women will be back in action in a little over a month as they've scheduled a pair of friendlies against their northern neighbor. Playing for the first time since their heartbreaking shootout loss to Japan in the World Cup Final, the United States will place host to Canada on the 17th and 22nd of September. The first match is set to be played at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas while the second will be played at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Oregon. The U.S. has played extremely well against Canada in the past having won 41 of their 48 previous meetings while falling only three times. Their most recent meeting came back in January during the Four Nations Tournament in China with the U.S. winning 2-1 behind goals from Lauren Cheney and Lindsay Tarpley.
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Canada meanwhile is coming off a disappointing run at the World Cup that saw them lose all three of their matches during Group Play. After a hard fought 2-1 loss to host Germany, Canada got smoked by France 4-0 and then fell to previously winless Nigeria 1-0 in their finale. Christine Sinclair scored Canada's loan goal, the 117th of her International Career. The 28 year old is easily Canada's biggest weapon on offense and she leads Women's Professional Soccer in goal scoring this year with 9 goals for the Western New York Flash.
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The U.S. will enter the match with a record of 12-3-2 in 2011 with two of their three losses coming against Sweden (the game against Japan technically counts as a draw). However they are currently riding a 49 game home unbeaten streak (44-0-5) never having lost at home under head coach Pia Sundhage.

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