May 8, 2014
LATE LEROUX LIGHTNING
Lifts U.S. Women to 1-1 draw with Canada
WINNIPEG, Canada - Sydney Leroux scored a clutch 78th-minute equalizer as the US Women’s National Team came from behind to draw Canada 1-1 at Investors Group Field, one of six venues for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
|Sydney Leroux scored her team leading sixth goal to lift the U.S. to a 1-1 draw with Canada.
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Leroux scored her team-leading sixth goal of 2014 and the 30th tally of her WNT career. She has scored in three straight matches against Canada, the nation of her birth.
Playing in front of 28,255 fans, the second-largest crowd for a women's international in Canada, the Maple Leafs took the lead in the 38th minute on a goal by 18-year-old center back Kadeisha Buchanan. Diana Matheson delivered a corner kick from the right side, and delivered the ball into the center f the box. Buchanan fought off USA forward Abby Wambach and defender Ali Krieger, heading the ball into ground toward the left side of the frame for her first international goal.
The Vancouver-born Leroux got the equalizer in the 78th minute. Becky Sauerbrunn played the ball to Crystal Dunn on the right side. Dunn crossed it into the box and Canada defender Rebecca Quinn's attempt to head clear went to the left side. Leroux’s right-footed shot that bounced once underneath Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod and into the right side of the frame. Leroux scored her team-leading sixth goal of 2014 and the 30th of her career.
Heatehr O’Reilly had the first scoring chance of the game in the 7th minute, when she cut in on the left, eluded her defender and sent a shot looking for the upper left corner of the net. Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod stretched with her right arm to bat the ball away for a U.S. corner kick.
McLeod came up big again the 52nd minute. U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday took the free kick from the left side and Wambach tried to head the ball across the six-yard box, but McLeod alertly made the interception to maintain Canada's one-goal lead.
Christine Sinclair had a chance late as Canada sought to re-take the lead but her sliding left-footed effort went just wide of the post.
McLeod finished the game with six saves, as the U.S. outshot the Canadians 14-4. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo made two saves.
With the draw, the USA extended its unbeaten streak against Canada to 30 games (25-0-5). The unbeaten streak started in 2001, with the U.S. WNT's last loss to Canada coming in the opener of that year's Algarve Cup on March 11 in Lagos, Portugal.