May 7, 2014
CLASHING IN CANADA
US women to meet old rivals for 56th time
The U.S. Women's National Team will meet Canada on Thursday, May 8 at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, one of the six venues that will be used for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The USA is 6-2-1 in 2014 and will be playing its second match under interim head coach Jill Ellis, who took over the squad for the April 10 match against China PR in San Diego (a 3-0 victory) after U.S. Soccer parted ways with former head coach Tom Sermanni on April 6.
The USA holds a 47-3-5 all-time record against Canada, the country it has faced more times than any other. The USA and Canada have been playing since the second year of the U.S. Women's National Team program in 1986 and first met in the fifth and sixth matches in U.S. history, which also were the first home games for the U.S. Women. The USA has scored 171 goals in the series, while allowing 36.
U.S. forward Abby Wambach comes into the match with 167 career goals, the most scored by any woman in international competition, 10 of which have been scored against Canada. After Wambach, midfielder Carli Lloyd is the top scorer on the roster with 50 international goals, followed by Heather O'Reilly with 40. In goal, Hope Solo is one shutout away from tieing Brianna Scurry's U.S. record of 71.
Canada is coming off four matches at the Cyprus Cup in March where it finished in fifth place. Midfielder Sophie Schmidt led the team in scoring in the tournament with three goals, while midfielder Diana Matheson was next with two.
Both rosters are dominated by players currently in the National Women's Soccer League, 18 with the USA, 12 with Canada.
The match will be shown online via ESPN3 and espnW.com at 8 p.m. ET and can be followed on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.