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May 25, 2009
US Women celebrate Memorial Day with 4-0 rout of Canada

Shannon Boxx opened the US scoring against Canada in the second minute of Monday’s match.
Shannon Boxx opened the US scoring against Canada in the second minute of Monday’s match.
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TORONTO---Four different players scored as the United States defeated Canada 4-0 in one of the rare instances the two teams have played each other in Canada, Monday at BMO Field.

Midfielder Shannon Boxx opened the scoring just 93 seconds into the match and midfielder Megan Rapinoe doubled the lead just before halftime. The USA put two more in the net during a four-minute span late in the game. Both second-half goals came from substitutes, with Lindsay Tarpley scoring her 30th career goal in the 77th minute and 21-year-old Lauren Cheney knocking in a header in the 80th.

Abby Wambach, playing for the U.S. for the first time since breaking her leg before last year’s Olympics, is sitting on 99 goals, as is Canadian striker Christine Sinclair.

The game was the first home match for Canada’s National Team Coach, Carolina Morace.

Boxx’s strike, which came on the USA’s first shot of the game, was her second goal of the year after scoring just once in 2008, and it came against her LA Sol teammate, Canadian goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc. It was also Boxx’s 20th international goal, making her the 16th female player in U.S. history to score 20 or more goals in her career

Heather O’Reilly set up Rapinoe’s goal with a feed above the penalty area on the left side. Rapinoe collected the ball and dribbled toward defender Brittany Timko before cutting hard inside and bending a 16-yard shot past LeBlanc.

In the 77th minute, Wambach outleaped two defenders to get a head on a ball from a corner kick. Wambach’s attempt hit Sinclair near the goal line and Tarpley pounced on the loose ball to force it over the line and into the open net.

Three minutes later, Cheney redirected O’Reilly’s service with a superbly angled header into the upper right corner from about five yards outside the post. It was Cheney’s fourth international goal in 17 career caps.

Eighteen-year-old midfielder Christine Nairn became the first member of the USA’s 2008 U-20 Women’s World Cup championship team to earn a senior team cap, coming on for Angela Hucles in the 83rd minute. Nairn was the eighth player to be given her first cap by U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage.

Goalkeepers Hope Solo and Nicole Barnhart split the match, with Solo making the only U.S. save. LeBlanc had three saves.

The U.S. and Canada will play two more times in July, on the 19th in Rochester, NY and on the 22nd in Charleston, SC.

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