After securing its berth to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil with a 5-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago in the semifinal, the USA will now face Canada for the tournament title on Sunday, Feb. 21 at BBVA Compass Stadium (4 p.m. CT on NBC Universo and NBC Sports Live Extra with a replay at 10 p.m. CT on NBCSN). Canada defeated Costa Rica 3-1 in the other semifinal to earn its spot in the 2016 Olympic Women’s Soccer Tournament.
The U.S. has qualified for a sixth consecutive Olympic Games and will be looking to win the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying event for the fourth consecutive time.
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USA vs. Canada, Familiar Foes: The USA holds a 46-3-6 all-time record against Canada, a team it has faced more times than any country in the world. The USA and Canada have been playing since the second year of the U.S. Women’s National Team program in 1986 and actually met in the fifth and sixth matches in U.S. history, which also were the first domestic games for the U.S. Women. The most recent meeting between the teams came in May of 2014 in Winnipeg at the stadium that would later host two of the USA’s Women’s World Cup group matches. The USA drew 1-1 as Sydney Leroux scored a late goal to knot the match. Multiple meetings in a calendar year between the USA and Canada are far from a rarity. In fact, the teams played five times in both 2000 and 2008, tied for the most meetings in a year, but this will be the first meeting of 2016 and first since the summer of 2014. The neighbors have met three times in world championship competition, the first coming in the third-place match of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup a 3-1 U.S. victory at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The USA picked up a 2-1 overtime win in the quarterfinals of the 2004 Olympics as Natasha Kai scored the game-winner in Shanghai, China, and of course the teams played an epic semifinal in the 2012 Olympics, a match the USA won 4-3 in the last minute of overtime on a header from Alex Morgan.
Different Year, Same Teams: The Canadians have the second most wins in CWOQ history (15) and have finished as runner-up twice, falling to the United States in the final on both occasions – 2008: 1-1 draw (5-6 in penalties) and 2012, a 4-0 loss. Canada handily won all four of its matches in the tournament so far, defeating Guyana, Guatemala and T&T in group play before dispatching Costa Rica 3-1 in the semifinal. Canada hosted the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where it reached the quarterfinals before dropping a 2-1 decision to England. It has qualified for the last two editions of the Olympic Women’s Football Tournament, defeating France in the 2012 bronze medal match, 1-0, thanks to a stoppage-time goal by Diana Matheson.
Becky’s 100: U.S. co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn will become the 35th U.S. female player to hit 100 caps today. Sauerbrunn will be honored for the achievement before the USA’s second match in the SheBelieves Cup in March 6 against France in Nashville and Carli Lloyd will wear the captain’s band today.
Total Team Effort: No U.S. player has played all 360 minutes of the tournament. Seven have played 270 or more minutes, led by Morgan (308), Klingenberg (294), Lloyd (290), Brian (287), Heath (270), Sauerbrunn (270) and Solo (270). Six players have scored the USA's 21 goals in the tournament so far: Dunn (6), Alex Morgan (5), Lloyd (4), Press (2), O'Hara (1), Mewis (1) and Heath (1). The USA benefited from an own goal vs. Puerto Rico.
CONCACAF Records: The U.S. WNT remains unbeaten in all-time CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying with a 17-0-1 record and has never lost a match in Olympic qualifying, but it did tie Canada 1-1 in the title game of the 2008 tournament before prevailing in penalty kicks. The WNT has a current streak of nine consecutive games in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying without allowing a goal, dating back to the previously mentioned final of the 2008 Olympic Qualifying tournament. Carli Lloyd has 12 career goals in Olympic Qualifying, just two short of Abby Wambach’s record of 14, followed by Alex Morgan with nine and Crystal Dunn with six. Morgan’s goal 12 seconds into the match against Costa Rica on Feb. 10 is the earliest in U.S. WNT history (she also has the latest, scoring in the 123rd minute against Canada in the semifinal of the 2012 Olympics), and the quickest in CONCACAF qualifying history, besting Wambach (35 seconds vs. Dominican Republic on Jan. 20, 2012). Lloyd also has the most Olympic qualifying appearances or anyone on the roster, having scored 12 goals in 13 games (2008, 2012 & 2016). Hope Solo has played in 11 Olympic qualifying matches (2008, 2012 & 2016), and she earned her 94th shutout against T&T on Feb. 19. With 189 caps, she is the leader for caps by a goalkeeper in U.S. history. Solo has the most starts by a WNT goalkeeper with 182 and with 143 goalkeeper wins is the all-time leader in wins for a goalkeeper in U.S. history.
2016 WOQ Scoring Leaders: At this year’s tournament, the USA has three players that could possibly earn the tournament’s Golden Boot for most goals scored. Crystal Dunn heads this list with six goals, followed by Alex Morgan with five and Carli Lloyd with four. Dunn is tied atop the leaderboard with Raquel Rodriguez from Costa Rica and could claim sole possession of the top spot if she scores a goal. Five of the six goals scored by Dunn came against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15, when she tied a U.S. record for most goals scored in a match. She became the seventh player to achieve that feat. The other six were: Brandi Chastain, Michelle Akers, Tiffeny Milbrett, Abby Wambach, Amy Rodriguez and Sydney Leroux. It was Dunn's first multi-goal game for the WNT.
WOQ Debuts: Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Jaelene Hinkle, Lindsey Horan, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Stephanie McCaffrey, Samantha Mewis, Christen Press, Mallory Pugh and Emily Sonnett each made their Olympic qualifying debut in this year’s tournament. Dunn, Mewis and Press also scored their first Olympic qualifying goals.
The Lloyd-Morgan Duo: Carli Lloyd has 86 career goals with the WNT and is sixth place all-time in scoring. Lloyd’s goal against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 19 came from an assist from fellow Houston Dash teammate Brian, making for a Dash-to-Dash goal in their home venue at BBVA Compass Stadium. Lloyd has scored 23 goals in the USA’s last 18 matches starting with the Round of 16 game at the WWC. Morgan scored three goals in the semifinal match against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 19. It was her third career hat trick and the first since Nov. 28, 2012 against Ireland. She now has 62 goals in her career and is in eighth place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. Next up for Morgan is Cindy Parlow’s 75 career goals. Lloyd and Morgan have combined for five goals 2016 with one providing the assist and the other the goal.
Nine In; Three To Go: Nine nations have already qualified for the 12-team Olympic Football Tournament: The USA and Canada from CONCACAF, Brazil and Colombia from South America, South Africa and Zimbabwe from Africa, New Zealand from Oceania and France and Germany from Europe by virtue of their finish at the 2015 Women's World Cup. Two teams will qualify from Asia and one more will qualify from Europe after a mini-tournament in March featuring Sweden, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. Long-time African power Nigeria, which gave the USA a difficult match in the Women’s World Cup, fell in the third round of African qualifying to Equatorial Guinea, which in turn fell to South Africa, which earned its second straight Olympic berth.
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U.S. Women’s National Team 2016 Olympic Qualifying Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), 20-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7): 19-Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash), 8-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 6-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 14-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 3-Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash)
FORWARDS (5): 16-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 15-Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), 12-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars); 2-Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)
CANADA WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sabrina D'Angelo (Western New York Flash/USA), Stephanie Labbe (Washington Spirit/USA), Erin McLeod (Unattached)
DEFENDERS (5): Josée Belanger (Orlando Pride/USA), Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia/USA), Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash/USA), Rhian Wilkinson (Unattached), Shelina Zadorsky (Washington Spirit/USA)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jessie Fleming (London Nor'West SC), Ashley Lawrence (West Virginia/USA), Diana Matheson (Washington Spirit/USA), Rebecca Quinn (Duke/USA), Sophie Schmidt (FFC Frankfurt/GER), Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City/USA)
FORWARDS (6): Janine Beckie (Houston Dash/USA), Gabrielle Carle (Dynamo de Québec), Nichelle Prince (Ohio State/USA), Deanne Rose (Scarborough GS United), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC/USA), Melissa Tancredi (Unattached)