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USWNT reign supreme once more in Concacaf
Goals from Lynn Williams, Lindsey Horan, and Megan Rapinoe secure American victory
Lindsey Horan scored six times for the USWNT during Olympic Qualifying (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)
Lindsey Horan scored six times for the USWNT during Olympic Qualifying (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The U.S. women’s national team defeated the Canadian women’s national team, 3-0, at Dignity Health Sports Park to capture their fifth straight title in the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The victory is the first piece of silverware picked up by former Reign FC and FC Kansas City head coach and current USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski.

It was a tense, scoreless first half for both Concacaf powerhouses, with only the occasional chance bothering either nation’s goalkeeper.  A pair of shots from Christen Press were arguably the most dangerous chances from either side. A 33rd minute rocket from 25 yards out by Press rattled the Canadian crossbar and an audacious chip over Stephanie Labbé mere minutes later sailed just over. Additionally, recently minted record all-time international goalscorer Christine Sinclair found herself in on goal, but her effort was saved from close range by a charging Alyssa Naeher.

The second half saw a massive improvement from the U.S., culminating in the breakthrough goal in the 60th minute. Lynn Williams won the ball back in the opposing box, drove forward, and unleashed a screamer of a shot past Labbé. The goal was Williams’ third in the tournament, and ninth in a USWNT shirt.

Ten minutes later, the U.S. found a second goal through Lindsey Horan. Sam Mewis pinged a cross over to Williams, who headed the ball centrally to Horan. The Thorns FC midfielder touched the ball past two Canadian defenders, and slotted the chance home for her sixth goal of Olympic Qualifying. Finally, Megan Rapinoe of Reign FC polished off the match in the 86th minute, cleanly slotting a cross home from Williams. That was Williams’ fifth assist of the tournament, which leads all players.

The U.S. finished the tournament with 25 goals scored and zero goals conceded across five total matches in the tournament. Both Canada and the United States now turn their focus to this summer’s Olympic Games, which will be head in Tokyo.

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