The latest edition of the North American Rivalry takes place in the Olympic Semifinals.
The United States Women’s National Team takes on the Canadian Women’s National Team at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium in Kashima, Japan. The game is set to kick off at 4 A.M. eastern and 5 P.M. local time.
The United States and Canada have played each other 62 times with the United States holding a 51-3-7 record. The last time the two teams played each other in the Olympics was back in 2012 in London. The two teams played in the semifinals; the Americans survived a Christine Sinclair hat trick before winning 4-3. The win came thanks to an Alex Morgan header in the 122nd minute. Most recently, the two teams played each other in the 2021 She Believes Cup, group stage. The Americans took down their rivals to the north 1-0, thanks to a goal from Rose Lavelle.
Despite the fact that the two teams are very familiar with each other, thanks to the fact that Canada has six players on the roster that currently play in the NWSL, the Americans are guaranteed, regardless of tomorrow’s result, to be playing for their fifth medal in six Olympic tournaments. Canada is playing for their third consecutive medal. They won bronze in 2012 and 2016.
Key Player – Canada:
Cristine Sinclair: The star for the Canadians is forward Cristine Sinclair who earlier in the tournament scored her 300th career international caps. Sinclair is now fourth on the all-time appearances list for women’s soccer, only behind Kristine Lily, Christie Pearce and current USWNT stalwart Carli Lloyd.
Key Player – United States:
Carli Lloyd: Lloyd doesn’t have a goal yet in this tournament, but this is as good a time as any to get her first goal. The last time she put the ball in the net for the national team was in the last tune up match before they flew to Tokyo, when she scored the opening goal in a 4-0 win over Mexico. The USWNT legend has to step up in this game and make an impact as the veteran presence on this team whether that be seen on the scoresheet or not if the Yanks want to play for gold.
The Americans are going to have to contend in this game with a formidable Canadian back line that has only given up three goals the entire tournament. WIth that said, the game will be a hard fought but low scoring affair. Both teams will be tied 2-2 through 120 minutes before the United States advances to the Gold Medal game with a winning penalty scored by Sam Mewis.