WINNIPEG, Canada (May 8, 2014) - U.S. Women's National Team forward Sydney Leroux scored a clutch 78th-minute equalizer and the USA earned a 1-1 draw against Canada at Investors Group Field, one of six venues for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
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 USA and Canada played in front of 28,255 spectators, the second-largest crowd for a women's international friendly in Canada.
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.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
CAN - Kadeisha Buchanan (Diana Matheson), 35th minute: Diana Matheson patiently waited for Canada to be set for her corner kick from the right side. She delivered a good ball into the center of the box, where 18-year-old center back Kadeisha Buchanan stepped up and delivered. 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. USA 0, CAN 1 (SEE GOAL)
USA - Sydney Leroux (unassisted), 78th minute: In the waning minutes, the USA finally found the score sheet with Vancouver-born Sydney Leroux's strike. Becky Sauerbrunn started the sequence with the dish to second-half sub Crystal Dunn on the right side. Dunn crossed in and Canada defender Rebecca Quinn's attempt to head clear went to the left side of the box. Leroux converged with a 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. USA 1, CAN 1 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CAN - Erin McLeod, 7th minute: With the game's first big scoring chance for either side, the USA's Heather O'Reilly cut in on her left, eluding her defender and searching for the upper left corner of the frame. Erin McLeod stretched with her right arm to bat the ball away for a U.S. corner kick. Canada withstood some early pressure in the first 10 minutes and improved its possession as the first half progressed.
CAN - Erin McLeod, 52nd minute: It was not a shot on goal, but Canada's goalkeeper made a clutch interception on a USA set piece. U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday took the free kick from the left side and Abby Wambach rose up from the right side. Wambach tried to head the ball across the six-yard box, but McLeod alertly made the interception to maintain Canada's one-goal lead.
- Midfielder Lauren Holiday became the 30th U.S. WNT player to earn 100 career caps. Holiday made her WNT debut in 2007. (Watch Lauren Holiday: 100 Caps with the U.S. WNT)
- With her 30th career goal, Sydney Leroux ties Brandi Chastain for 16th on the all-time scoring list.
- Heather O'Reilly made her 203rd career appearance and is now one cap away from Tiffeny Milbrett for seventh all-time. Milbrett had 204 caps from 1992-2005.
- Abby Wambach made her 221st career appearance and is sixth all-time, but she still has a long road to catch Joy Fawcett (239 caps from 1987-2004).
- Second-half substitute Christie Rampone is the USA's active cap leader, making her 292nd career appearance. She only trails Kristine Lilly, who is the WNT all-time leader with 352 caps from 1987-2010.
Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT faces France at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 14, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
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- The USA is 6-2-2 in 2014.
- The U.S. is now 47-3-6 all-time against Canada. The USA has faced Canada more than any other opponent since the series started in 1986.
- The USA had shut out its opponents for 305 minutes before Canada's first-half tally on Thursday.
- The U.S. WNT has outscored Canada 172-37 in the series.
- Jill Ellis, in her second stint as interim head coach, is 5-0-3 all-time. She was the interim head coach following Pia Sundhage's departure to coach Sweden and is currently leading the team after U.S. Soccer parted ways with former head coach Tom Sermanni on April 6.
- The WNT starting lineup against Canada featured Hope Solo in goal and a back four of left back Meghan Klingenberg, right back Ali Krieger and center backs Becky Sauerbrunn and Whitney Engen.
- Lauren Holiday, Morgan Brian and Carli Lloyd played in the middle of the 4-3-3 formation.
- The USA's starting front line included Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach and Heather O'Reilly. Wambach wore the captain's armband.
- Crystal Dunn made her first appearance of 2014, entering the match for Klingenberg in the 58th minute. Dunn, who had been nursing an ankle injury, now has nine career caps with the U.S. WNT.
- In the 68th minute, Christen Press replaced Wambach and Allie Long made her WNT debut, entering for Brian. Press has 22 career appearances. Long earned her first call-up to the USA since July of 2010, when she was named to a training camp roster under former head coach Sundhage.
- Veteran defender Christie Rampone replaced Engen in the 82nd minute.
- O'Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn are the only three players who have played in all 10 games this year for the WNT.
- U.S. Women's National Team Match Report -
U.S. Women's National Team vs. Canada
Date: May 8, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT
Weather: 49 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
CAN 1 0 1
CAN - Kadeisha Buchanan (Diana Matheson) 35th minute
USA - Sydney Leroux 78
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 82), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (16-Crystal Dunn, 59), 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Morgan Brian (17-Allie Long, 68), 12-Lauren Holiday; 9-Heather O'Reilly, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 68), 2-Sydney Leroux
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Amy Rodriguez , 21-Jill Loyden, 22-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
CAN: 1-Erin McLeod; 7-Rhian Wilkinson (5-Robyn Gayle, 90+6), 20-Kadeisha Buchanan, 3-Rebecca Quinn, 2-Sura Yekka; 8-Diana Matheson,
11-Desiree Scott, 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.), 13-Sophie Schmidt (10-Jessie Fleming, 86); 9-Josée Bélanger (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 64),
16-Jonelle Filigno (14-Melissa Tancredi, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 15-Nkem Ezurike, 17-Brittany Baxter, 19-Adriana Leon, 22-Ashley Lawrence, 33-Karina LeBlanc
Head Coach: John Herdman
Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots on Goal: 7/2
Corner Kicks: 5/2
Referee: Melissa Pastrana (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Shirley Lopez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Rojas (CRC)
Fourth Official: Sheena Dickson (CAN)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd