The US women’s soccer national team completed its task, beating a tough team Canada, 2-0 to retain their 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship plum.
It was a fitting finish for the defending champions, who are already assured of a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics this summer together with team Canada. And with their performances, the rivalry will surely continue going to the Olympics.
The first half of the finals match ended with 0-0 as both squads seemingly showed defense, however, the Americans showed more movement as they led in ball possessions and passes that Lindsay Horan broke the silence with her goal in the 53rd minute of play.
Horan, who is set to play as midfielder for the Portland Thorns in the coming season, nailed the goal with a header from a pass coming from teammate Becky Sauerbrunn that stunned the Canadian side.
Then, teammate Tobin Heath made a spectacular play in the 61st minute as she scored a goal on a left-footer off a cross pass from Mallory Pugh to distance themselves from their counterparts with a 2-0 advantage.
But John Herdman’s side continued to play aggressively in an event to nail a goal but Jill Ellis and her squad refused the offer and went on to win the game played at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
With the win, the USWNT brings its record to history, having won the tournament four times since its 2004 edition while it will be the third time that Canada fell short of taking the crown from the defending champions.
They have also set a record for blanking their opponents from the group stage to the semifinals and to the finals. With the win, the USWNT now focuses on defending their crown in the Olympics and aims to get their fifth titel.
The 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship is a quadrennial international event that determines which teams from the North, Central America and the Caribbean region would qualify to the Olympics.
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