Canada fought evenly for the first hour but succumbed to the World Champion’s pressure in the later stages. The Women’s World Cup and Olympic champions USA emerged as the CONCACAF champions, too. The U.S. eves won 2-0.
A resilient Canada kept the U.S. at bay midway through the second half, but Lindsey Horan and Tobin Heath scored within a stretch of 8 minutes to lift USA to another championship title. The U.S. secured their 6th consecutive Olympic finals’ berth in Brazil this summer after beating Trinidad & Tobago in the semifinals, according to US Soccer.
Horan drew first blood in the 53rd minute after a barren first half, which witnessed stretches of U.S. pressure. Canada made five changes in their starting eleven which defeated Costa Rica in the semifinals, as reported by Sports Net.
Christine Sinclair, Diana Matheson and Sophie Schmidt were benched by the Canadian coach with a ploy to field them in a later phase to clinch a winner. But the tactics didn’t work against the World Champions who pulled the triggers at the right moment to outplay their neighbors in a tense final game.
“We were three minutes away from holding out and changing our game plan and we just couldn’t hold out until the 60th. That’s what stuck in my throat at the minute,” coach John Herdman revealed after the game.
“Sinclair had 30 minutes in her and bringing Schmidt and Matheson on at the same time, we hoped that was going to be the game-changing moment. Three minutes, that’s as far as it was but we wilted and broke, which is a shame.”
Canada’s winless record against the U.S. will complete 15 long years next month.