Christine Sinclair has scored three goals for Canada. (Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer)
CARSON, Calif. — Even though it has qualified for the Olympic women’s soccer tournament for the fourth consecutive time, that doesn’t mean Canada is satisfied.
The Maple Leafs want to talk home the trophy at the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.
To do so, they’ll have to get past the defending champion United States in the final at Dignity Health Sports Park on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET (FS2).
“I feel like there was so much on the line for the match against Costa Rica, but we fought until the final whistle and we got the job done,” said forward Jordyn Huitema, who has tallied a tournament-best seven goals. “We have qualified to the Olympic Games, but now we are looking forward to finishing off this tournament with all wins and go home with the trophy.”
The Canadians have played the USWNT 60 times since 1986, most recently in the final of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship, which ended up in a 2-0 win for the Americans. Canada also faced USA in a home-and-away series of friendly matches in 2017 that saw it draw the reigning Women’s World Cup Champions, 1-1, on home soil in Vancouver before falling 3-1 in San Jose, Calif. in the return leg.
“I’m really looking forward to this final match against USA,” Canada head coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller said. “I know USA might be considered the favourites, but I am actually looking forward to be a part of that rivalry. We are definitely not finished in this tournament. Even though we qualified to the Olympics, there is also a final in this tournament, and every time there is a final, you go for the win.”
Canada and the USA have gone undefeated in the tournament with Canada scoring 23 goals and USA scoring 22.
Other Canada goalscorers in the competition include are Adriana Leon (four), Christine Sinclair (three), Janine Beckie (three), Ashley Lawrence (two), Jessie Fleming (one), Jayde Riviere (one), Deanne Rose (one), and Shelina Zadorsky (one).