The U.S. Women’s National Team will play their first match of 2014 tonight at Toyota Park in Frisco, Texas against Canada, host of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™.
Friday’s match is the 55th meeting between the USWNT and Canada, and the USWNT is 46-3-5 against their northern neighbors. The USWNT is also unbeaten (10-0-0) in the state of Texas.
What to Watch for
First of all, know that this is going to be a great match. If you can’t make it to Toyota Park, don’t worry, the match is being broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Kick off is at 9pm ET.
Along with superstars Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe, players to watch for the USWNT include Sydney Leroux, Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Stephanie Cox. This all depends on which players Tom Sermanni decides to start. The match (along with upcoming games against Russia in Boca Raton and Atlanta) will serve as a trial run for many players on the fringe of the national team. Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath are sidelined with injuries.
Currently 7th in world rankings, Canada brings a lot of experience into tonight’s match. Veteran Christine Sinclair shows no signs of slowing down, and 11 of Canada’s players feature in the NWSL. Defender Kadeisha Buchana has just finished her freshman season at West Virginia.
Did you know?
For first time since 1997, two sisters will be on a USWNT roster together. After helping the UCLA Bruins to a NCAA title this past fall, Samantha Mewis joins her sister Kristie in the senior national team. The Mewis sisters previously played together at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup™ and 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup™.
On her way to breaking Mia Hamm’s all time scoring record, Abby Wambach has now scored against 31 different teams – Mexico, Norway, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Ireland, China, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Germany, Iceland, Denmark, Korea Republic, Scotland, New Zealand, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea DPR, Chinese Taipei, France, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Italy, Finland, England, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Columbia, Nigeria and Greece. Beast mode.
How do you think the USWNT will fare against Canada?
USA – 1, Canada – 0
In a tough, physical match (which is what fans have come to expect whenever these two teams get together), the USWNT narrowly defeated Canada on a Sydney Leroux goal in the 78th minute. Budweiser Woman of the Match Becky Sauerbrunn and Christen Press combined to get the ball across the box to Leroux. Goalkeeper Hope Solo now has 68 career shutouts, three behind Briana Scurry for the most all-time.