FRISCO, Texas - In front of 20,862 fans at Toyota Stadium, the largest home crowd for a US Women’s National Team game in over ten years, the United States defeated Canada 1-0 on a 79th minute goal from Sydney Leroux.
The win extends the US’ unbeaten streak to 40 games and moves the women’s national team to 11-0-0 all-time in the state of Texas.
The United States dominated the early proceedings and nearly took the lead in the 13th minute. Winger Megan Rapinoe played a wonderful through ball to forward Sydney Leroux, but the Canadian-born scorer saw her shot smothered by onrushing goalkeeper Erin McLeod. The hosts continued to pressure down the wings in the first half and came close again as an Ali Krieger cross found the head of Leroux in the 21st minute, but her header from close range was straight at McLeod.
As the first half continued, things began to get physical between the rivals and no less than three Canadian players were shown yellow cards in a half that saw the visitors commit nine fouls. Despite the USA’s dominance, Canada had the best chance of the half as Diana Matheson was freed in on Hope Solo, but the Washington Spirit midfielder curled her shot wide of goal just before halftime.
In the second half, the home side once again put their foot on the gas and Leroux nearly put her team in front in the 58th minute with a hard driven cross from the left side that nearly found the net but flashed just wide.
Finally, the United States took the lead in the 79th minute. A cross from Becky Sauerbrunn flashed all the way across the box finding Leroux unmarked on the back post. She easily tucked the ball home to send the capacity crowd into raptures.
Up next for the United States are a pair of games against Russia on February 8 and February 12.