Though it’s true that the U.S. Women’s National Team has built powerful rivalries and has a long-standing history with countries such as Japan, China PR, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, France and Norway, few produce the intensity seen in a USA-Canada match. While every international match is important, USA vs. Canada brings with it a few factors that make this one of the most interesting matchups in women’s soccer. There’s the proximity between countries, the familiarity between players, many of whom are or have been club teammates, the shared language (not the French part), and the honor of always reaching for the title of best in CONCACAF.
Canada is currently ranked fourth in the world – its highest ever ranking – and most recently won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games (to go along with its bronze from 2012). Canada has steadily been climbing up the rankings, while the USA, a three-time World Cup Champion and four-time Olympic Gold medalist sits atop the FIFA rankings.
While the USA has only lost to Canada on three occasions (1986, 2000 and 2001), Canada has come very close a couple of times since – most notably during the 2012 Olympics – but the USA has found ways to triumph, sometimes in dramatic fashion.
The U.S. WNT and Canada have played each other 56 times, tying for the most common opponent in U.S. history along with China PR. The two teams have played each other often and in all types of the international games. There’s been USA vs. Canada in friendlies, in World Cup and Olympic Qualifying, and in Olympic Games and World Cups. Overall, the USA and Canada have played each other nine times in official competitions. The U.S. has gone 9-0-0 in these, outscoring Canada 27-6, but it’s the last five years that have brought some of the best games in the series for these two sides.
Of course, the most memorable match came during the semifinal of the 2012 Olympics when Alex Morgan scored the game-winning goal in the 123rd minute to earn a 4-3 U.S. win in what still stands as the latest goal scored in FIFA history. Canada superstar Christine Sinclair played one of the greatest matches in women’s soccer history that day, scoring all three goals for her country.
Alex Morgan scored the game-winning goal vs. Canada in the 123rd minute at the 2012 Olympics, the latest goal scored in FIFA history.
The teams played two friendlies in 2014, the first on Jan. 31, a 1-0 USA win, and again on May 8 in Winnipeg – about a year before the 2015 Women’s World Cup – in a game that resulted in a 1-1 draw. The most recent meeting came on Feb. 21, in the title game of the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship.
The USA won the game 2-0 and claimed the regional title with goals from Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan, both players with the Portland Thorns, where they are captained by Sinclair, Canada’s all-time leading scorer and the second-leading scorer in world history behind U.S. legend Abby Wambach.
The U.S. now heads to Vancouver to play the first of a two-game home-and-away series against Canada in November. The first match will be played on November 9 at BC Place and will kick-off at 7 p.m. PT and be broadcast on ESPN2 and UDN. The teams will then travel to the USA and meet again on November 12 (6 p.m. PT; FS1) at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California. The match in Vancouver marks the USA’s return to BC Place for the first time since winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup there on July 5, 2015. The historic 5-2 victory against Japan featured Carli Lloyd’s famous hat trick and her legendary long-range goal.Read more
CHICAGO (June 29, 2017) – The U.S. Women's National Team will play a two-game home-and-away series against Canada in November. The first match will be played on November 9 at BC Place in Vancouver and will kick-off at 7 p.m. PT. The teams will then travel to the USA and meet again on November 12 at a venue to be determined.
USA vs. CANADA, AGAIN
The USA is 47-3-6 all-time against Canada, which is ranked fourth in the world after its third-place finish at the 2016 Olympics. The most recent meeting between the teams came in the title game of the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship where the USA won 2-0 to take the regional title after both teams had already qualified for Brazil by winning semifinal matches. While the USA has a long history of success against Canada, the nine meetings since the turn of the decade have featured tight matches, including two ties and three one-goal wins for the USA.
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BACK TO BC
The match in Vancouver marks the USA’s return to BC Place for the first time since winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup there on July 5, 2015. The historic 5-2 victory against Japan featured Carli Lloyd’s famous hat trick and her legendary long-range goal.
LET’S PLAY TWO
While the USA and Canada have played each other 56 times (tied with China PR for the most common opponent in U.S. WNT history), the neighbors have only played back-to-back games in a home-and-away format twice before.
The first came in 1995 when the USA defeated Canada 9-1 in Dallas on May 19 and then traveled to Edmonton and won 2-1 in what were the final matches before the start of the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Sweden. In 2001, the teams tied 2-2 in Toronto on June 30 and then traveled to Blaine, Minn., where the USA earned a 1-0 victory on July 3.
Individual tickets for the match in Vancouver will go on sale on July 5 at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster. Group tickets are on sale now [BUY HERE]. By organizing a group of 10 or more, fans are eligible to receive a discount of up to 30% off regular priced tickets. The group ticket order window opens today, Thursday, June 29, and all completed group ticket payment forms received by Tuesday, July 4 will be processed in advance of the launch of public tickets sales. There will be an opportunity for U.S. fans wishing to attend the match to indicate that they would like to sit in U.S. supporter sections when they complete the group ticket order form.
- These two November matches against Canada will be the final games of 2017 for the USA.
- The USA played two matches during the 2015 WWC at BC Place, defeating Nigeria 1-0 in the teams’ final group match before advancing through the knockout stages and back to the Final.
- The USA also played five matches at BC Place during qualifying for the 2012 Olympics, winning them all by shutout, including a 4-0 victory against Canada in the championship game.
- Of Canada’s three wins and six draws against the USA, two of the ties occurred in Canada, with the other six results coming in the USA, Portugal and Mexico.
- The matches will feature numerous club teammates squaring off as Canada has 11 players playing for eight different clubs in the NWSL, including Canada’s all-time leading scorer Christine Sinclair of the Portland Thorns, and three goalkeepers in Stephanie Labbé of the Washington Spirit, Sabrina D’Angelo of the North Carolina Courage and Kailen Sheridan of Sky Blue FC.