Canada earns draw vs. USA in Vancouver friendly
Boston Breakers forward Adriana Leon scored the equalizer; Morgan scored her 79th for the USWNT
Team Canada celebrates an Adriana Leon goal during Thursday night's friendly against the United States. (Photo: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)
Team Canada celebrates an Adriana Leon goal during Thursday night's friendly against the United States. (Photo: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Alex Morgan struck first, but Adriana Leon would answer for Canada, and the U.S. women’s national team would have to settle for a 1–1 draw in front of 28,017 fans at BC Place against their northern neighbors.

Morgan scored in the 31st minute, with her sixth goal of the year for the national team and her 79th career goal for the U.S. Her six goals this year lead the USWNT.

Canada’s equalizer via Leon in the second half ensured the home crowd wouldn’t leave too disappointed. Leon subbed on in the first half for Canada in the 31st minute after Morgan’s goal, and the Breakers forward quickly made an impact.

Her goal in the 56th minute came after quite the sequence from a Canada corner kick, with Rebecca Quinn striking the crossbar, but the rebound falling right to Christine Sinclair, who lobbed it back over her shoulder. Leon was at the far post to poke it past USWNT goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.

FC Kansas City’s Maegan Kelly subbed on in the 71st minute for Canada, replacing Nichelle Prince. She nearly scored the go-ahead goal for Canada in the 85th minute. her FCKC teammate Desiree Scott saw Kelly had split the seam between American defenders Taylor Smith and Abby Dahlkemper, but Kelly’s shot went off the post — much to the dismay of the home crowd.

For the second game of the series, the U.S. will get their chance to close out 2017 at home. They’ll host Canada on Sunday night at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. at 9 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on FS1.


– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

 

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Nov. 9, 2017
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: BC Place; Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Attendance: 28,017 (sellout)
Weather: Indoors

 

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                                      1           0          1                                 
CAN                                      0          1          1

 

USA – Alex Morgan (Casey Short)                     31st minute

CAN – Adrianna Leon (Christine Sinclair)           56th minute

 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 14-Casey Short (22-Taylor Smith, 66); 8-Julie Ertz (6-Andi Sullivan, 74), 9-Lindsey Horan, 3-Samantha Mewis (10-Carli Lloyd, 65); 12-Lynn Williams (20-Allie Long, 87), 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (23-Christen Press, 66)

Subs not used: 24-Ashlyn Harris, 16-Emily Sonnett

Head coach: Jill Ellis

 

CAN: 1-Stephanie Labbe; 2-Allysha Chapman, 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 5-Rebecca Quinn, 6-Deanne Rose (19-Adrianna Leon, 31), 10- Ashley Lawrence, 11-Desiree Scott, 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.), 15-Nichelle Prince (20-Maegan Kelly, 71), 16-Janine Beckie (9-Jordyn Huitema, 90), 17-Jessie Fleming

Subs not used: 18-Sabrina D’Angelo, 21-Kailen Sheridan, 14-Jayde Riviere, 22-Lindsay Agnew, 23-Julia Grosso, 24-Ariel Young

Head coach: John Herdman

 

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 11 / 19
Shots on Goal: 4 / 8
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 13 / 14
Offside: 2 / 1

 

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Janine Beckie (caution)                    59th minute

CAN – Maegan Kelly (caution)                     79th minute

 

Officials:
Referee: Marianela Araya Cruz (CRC)

Assistant Referee 1: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)

Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)

4th Official: Melissa Perez (PAN)

 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Becky Sauerbrunn

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