The United States and Canada are set for two friendlies this week in a home-and-home series to help close out the 2017 year. First up, the U.S. women’s national team’s return to BC Place in Vancouver on Thursday night for the first time since winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. For their part, Canada expects a packed stadium with over 23,500 tickets sold as of last week. The second match will take place on Sunday, Nov. 12, at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.How to watch
Where: BC Place in Vancouver
When: Thursday, November 9, at 10 p.m. ET
Where to Watch: ESPN2, UDN (Canada: TSN1)
Where: Avaya Stadium in San Jose
When: Sunday, November 12, at 9 p.m. ET
Where to Watch: FS1What you need to know
- The USWNT is 47-3-6 all-time against the CanWNT. The last time these two teams met was in the 2016 CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the Olympics, with the U.S. winning 2–0 over Canada thanks to goals from Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan. Notably, Canada is currently tied with China for the team that the U.S. has faced the most in its history with 56 matched played, but this series will move Canada into the number one spot overall at 58 matches played.
- The USWNT is 11-3-0 this year, with those three losses coming to England, France and Australia at home. Since the 1–0 loss to Australia during the Tournament of Nations, however, the team has won six in a row, outscoring their opponents 24 to 5. U.S. Soccer rightfully touts their difficult schedule for an off year in the international calendar, facing seven of the nine other top teams in the world.
- Canada is currently ranked fifth in the world according to FIFA World Rankings, but head coach John Herdman is aiming even higher. Picking up a pair of upsets against the top-ranked Americans would provide plenty of fuel for his players, and also put France in risk of slipping out of the top four. Currently, Canada is only three points behind France, and 10 points behind No. 3-ranked England on the FIFA World Rankings.
- Canada’s roster is a young on, with six teenagers on the roster. Herdman also has 12 NWSL players on his roster, including a first call-up for FC Kansas City’s Maegan Kelly. While U.S. head coach only missed out on selecting Crystal Dunn thanks to league play in Europe, Herdman acknowledged that those restrictions mean bigger opportunities for others. As he said in the Canada Soccer release, “With some of our core players unavailable for selection outside FIFA windows due to league play in Europe, it will also be an opportunity for some of the younger members of our core, like Rebecca Quinn, Janine Beckie, Jessie Fleming and Shelina Zadorsky, to step up and take greater leadership roles.”
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) November 5, 2017
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— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) November 6, 2017
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position (Caps/Goals):
DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 11/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC; 102/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City; 133/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 17/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 5/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 12/0), Chioma Ubogagu (Orlando Pride; 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 55/13), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 41/4), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 244/97), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 32/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 32/7), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; 5/0)
FORWARDS (5): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 132/18), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 132/78), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 94/44), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 127/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 13/4)
Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Roster
CENTERBACKS: Shelina Zadorsky (Washington Spirit), Rebecca Quinn (Duke), Ariel Young (Ottawa Fury and Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre)
MIDFIELDER/FULLBACK: Maegan Kelly (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS: Jessie Fleming (UCLA), Julia Grosso (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre), Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS: Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC), Janine Beckie (Houston Dash), Deanne Rose (University of Florida), Adriana Leon (Boston Breakers), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash), Jordyn Huitema (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre)