Five Things to Know About Canada

The USA Looks to Win Sixth Concacaf WCQ Title.
WNT - Megan Rapinoe
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The U.S. Women’s National Team will look to win its sixth Concacaf Women’s Championship title when it takes on Canada on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. CT. The broadcast will likely start on FS2 and then switch to FS1 depending on the MLB Playoff game. The game will also be broadcast on UDN.

Ranked fifth in the world, Canada has an 8-3-0 record in 2018 with the only losses coming to world powers Sweden (3-1), France (1-0) and Germany (3-2). In 2018, Canada has defeated the Korea Republic (3-0), Japan (2-0) and Brazil (1-0). The win vs. Japan was in the fifth-place match at the 2018 Algarve Cup.

Here are five things to know about Canada:

Canada Republic Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Stephanie Labbe (Linköpings FC, SWE), 18-Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue FC, USA)

DEFENDERS (7 ): 20-Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash, USA), 2-Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash, USA), 4-Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride, USA), 5-Rebecca Quin (Washington Spirit, USA), 10-Ashley Lawrence (Paris Saint-German, FRA), 11-Emma Regan (Univ. of Texas, USA), 3-Kadeisha Buchanan (FCF Olympique Lyonnais, FRA)

MIDFIELDERS (5): 8-Diana Matheson (Utah Royals FC, USA), 17-Jessie Fleming (UCLA, USA), 7-Julia Grosso (Univ. of Texas, USA), 14-Gabrielle Carle (Florida State, USA), 13-Sophie Schmidt (Unattached).

FORWARDS (6): 12-Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns, USA), 16-Janine Beckie (Manchester City, ENG), 6-Deanne Rose (University of Florida, USA), 19-Adriana Leon (Seattle Reign FC, USA), 15-Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash, USA), 9-Jordyn Huitema (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite)

The USA is 48-3-7 all-time against Canada and while the Americans have had a long history of success in this series, the 12 meetings since the turn of the decade have featured three ties and four one-goal wins for the USA. Before the Nov. 9 and Nov. 12 matches last fall, a 1-1 draw in Vancouver (Alex Morgan scored) and a 3-1 U.S. victory in San Jose, Calif. (goals by Julie Ertz, Morgan and Carli Lloyd), the most recent meeting had come in the title game of the 2016 Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship on Feb. 21, 2016, in Houston, Texas, a 2-0 U.S. win on goals from Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan.

The teams 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 earned 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 stoppage time on a header from Alex Morgan.

This is the seventh Concacaf Cup qualifying tournament that USA has contested, wining five of six of those tournaments, finishing first in the qualifying competitions for the 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cups. The USA has played Canada in the championship game of each of the first four tournaments in which both participated (the USA did not have to qualify as host in 1999). In the 2010 Concacaf Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament, the USA fell to Mexico in the semifinal and Canada defeated Mexico in the championship game. The USA returned to the top of the podium at the 2014 Concacaf Women’s Championships, defeating Costa Rica 6-0 in the title game in a tournament that Canada did not participate in as host of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Canada won the tournament for the 1999 Women’s World Cup when the USA did not participate as host.

Canada won Group B at the Concacaf Women’s Championship without much difficulty, defeating Jamaica 2-0, Cuba 12-0 and Costa Rica, 3-1. The Maple Leaves then qualified for the 2019 World Cup with a 7-0 victory against Panama in the semifinal. Canada tallied at the end of the first half to go into the break with a 1-0 lead, but then scored six times in a 30-minute span in the second half. Canada’s 24 goals have come from eight different players, led by Seattle Reign forward Adrianna Leon, who has six goals, four against Cuba and two in the semifinal against Panama. Jordyn Huitema and Christine Sinclair have four each, Nichelle Prince has three and Janine Beckie and Rebecca Quinn have two each. Jessie Fleming, Diana Matheson and Deanne Rose have each scored once. Both the USA and Canada have faced just 10 shots in World Cup Qualifying. No other team allowed fewer than 33.

Fifteen of the 20 players on Canada’s roster play in the NWSL or for collegiate sides in the USA. Nineteen of the 20 on Canada’s roster play or have played in the USA except for 17-year-old Jordyn Huitema. There are nine Canadian players on this roster that play for NWSL teams, including all-time leading scorer Christine Sinclair who plays on the Portland Thorns with the USA’s Lindsey Horan, Tobin Heath and Emily Sonnett. Jessie Fleming plays at UCLA and is one of the top players in the Pac-12 and in the country. She is college teammates with U.S. defender Hailie Mace. Forward Deanne Rose plays at Florida, midfielder Julie Grosso and Emma Regan play at Texas and midfielder Gabrielle Carle plays at Florida State.

Sinclair, 35, is one of the greatest players in the history of women’s soccer. Her 177 goals in 273 matches rank second in most career international goals scored by a female or male soccer player behind only Abby Wambach (184 goals). Sinclair surpassed Mia Hamm for the number two spot in February of 2016.