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January 31, 2014
US Women extend unbeaten run to 40 with win over Canada

Sydney Leroux’s 79th-minute goal gave the US Women a 1-0 win over Canada on Friday.
Sydney Leroux’s 79th-minute goal gave the US Women a 1-0 win over Canada on Friday.
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FRISCO, Tex—Canadian-born Syndey Leroux scored the only goal to give the United States Women’s National Team a 1-0 victory over Canada in at Toyota Stadium Friday night. The crowd of 20,862 was the largest to see the USWNT on U.S. soil since 2003.

Leroux had several chances in the game, and finally converted in the 79th minute after a great run by defender Becky Sauerbrunn. Sauerbrunn made a run down the tight into the top of the penalty area, then did a give and go with Christen Press. Sauerbrunn got the ball back and sent a cross along the front of the goal to Leroux, who was on the left side and finished with one touch off her left foot.

Canada got their first decent chance in the 13th minute, when Sophie Schmidt ‘s volley went wide of the goal.

Leroux came close in the 13th minute, taking a cross from Megan Rapinoe, but Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod cane off her line to make a sliding save. Leroux also connected on a header off a cross from Ali Krieger, but that shot went right into the arms McLeod.

Canada had the best chance of the half just before the break, when Diana Matheson was played in on goal on the right side, but sent her shot wide.

Lauren Holiday came close to giving the U.S. a two goal lead in the 86th minute, but fired her shot from the top of the 18 just wide.

Canada pressed for the equalizer and nearly had it in the 87th. Substitute Sura Yekka passed the ball into the middle to Schmidt, who played it into Christine Sinclair. Sinclair flicked onto Jonelle Filigno but her left-footed curling shot was stopped by diving goalkeeper Hope Solo.

The win extended the U.S.’s unbeaten streak to 40 games (34 wins and six ties), a run during which the Americans have scored 131 goals while allowing 29. The USA is also in the midst of a 78-game home unbeaten streak, 68 wins and 10 draws.

The U.S. is back in action next Saturday when they face Russia at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. at 3:30 pm ET.

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