Already insured of a spot in the coming 2016 Rio Olympics, both Canada and the United States have one more issue to settle and that is who will take home the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship plum.
The Canadians barged their way into the finals with their 3-1 victory over Costa Rica. Despite the overwhelming performance from team captain Christine Sinclair, who is slowly climbing the scoring list, health issues will be a question for her as she was seen limping as she was substituted in the 82nd minute of their semifinals match.
Aside from Sinclair, Canada’s veteran goalie Erin McLeod will also be put to the test as she is nursing a knee injury. But one thing is for sure for Canada’s head coach John Herdman, they are sure to give the host nation a run for the title.
“It’s what these girls were really looking forward to, coming here … we’re going to give them one hell of a fight as we always do and [we’re] looking forward to it,” Herdman said via CBC sports.
Canada’s defender Allysha Chapman shares the same sentiments with her mentor when she posted on Tweeter that they will do the “unexpected” come game time.
“We’ve done the expected. Time to do the unexpected Sunday!” Chapman tweeted.
With Sinclair and McLeod on the field, Canada is considerably to put a mixture of its veteran and young guns with Chapman, Kadeisha Buchanan, Shelina Zadorsky, Diana Matheson, Ashley Lawrence, Josee Belanger, Desiree Scott, Sophie Schmidt and Deanne Rose.
On the other hand, the Unites States women’s national soccer team aims to retain their title and has no plans of letting go of it. US mentor Jill Ellis is confident that her squad will show their character as they have shown from the group stages till their semifinals campaign.
The United States overwhelmed all of their adversaries, blanking all of them to reach the finals. It will be a hot contested match as both teams are no strangers to one another and the Americans are not taking the match lightly – having beaten Canada in the 2012 edition of the tournament.
Likely to take the field for the United States are Alex Morgan, Hope Stevens Solo, Kelly O’Hara, Julie Johnson, Becky Sauerburnn, Meghan Klingenberg, Tobin Heath, Lindsay Horan, Carli Lloyd, Morgan Brian and Mallory Pugh.
Catch the match live at CONCACAF’s website.
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