Canada tops Brazil 1-0
Nichelle Prince scored the game’s only goal
Canada celebrate's Nichelle Prince's goal. (Photo credit: Canada Soccer/Flickr)
Canada celebrate's Nichelle Prince's goal. (Photo credit: Canada Soccer/Flickr)

Houston Dash forward Nichelle Prince scored as Canada beat Brazil 1-0 at TD Place in Ottawa on Sunday. A crowd of 16,128 turned out to see the two teams meet for the first time since Canada beat Brazil for the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Prince scored in the 48th minute, jumping on the end of a free kick from former Sky Blue FC forward Janine Beckie (now with Manchester City) after it bounced around in the box.

Canada’s roster for the match featured 10 NWSL players: Sabrina D’Angelo (North Carolina Courage), Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash), Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash), Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride), Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit), Diana Matheson (Utah Royals FC), Desiree Scott (Utah Royals FC), Adriana Leon (Seattle Reign FC), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC) and Prince. All but D’Angelo and Agnew saw minutes in the match.

For Brazil, Camila (Orlando Pride), Debinha (North Carolina Courage) and Monica (Orlando Pride) started. Portland Thorns FC midfielder Andressinha entered as a sub in the second half.

The game was Canada’s last before the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in October, the federation’s qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Brazil has already qualified for next year’s World Cup.

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