Feb 1, 2014, 12:10 AM EDT
Sydney Leroux continues to infuriate her country of birth.
The Canadian-born 23-year-old scored against the US neighbors as the USWNT defeated Canada 1-0 to extended their home winning streak to 78 matches, dating back to 2004. They haven’t lost since 2012, running their streak to 40 games.
A gritty performance in Frisco, Texas was rewarded in the 77th minute when an off-balance Leroux touched home the winner after Becky Sauerbrunn did most of the work.
Sauerbrunn made a run into the box and found Christen Press, who played a perfect one-two back to Sauerbrunn who sent the ball across the face of goal. Leroux was falling backwards, but managed to maintain her balance and get her leg to the bouncing ball to touch it past goalkeeper Erin McLeod, who was out of position.
“That’s kind of how we play, and we push to the very last second. I’m just happy that we came out on top of the game 1-0. It was a good game. It was physical and I’m glad we came out on top,” Leroux said.
It was a just reward for an otherwise wasteful United States, who capped a few good chances – mostly in the first half – with weak shots on Canada’s net.
There was one other good chance for the United States earlier in the match, but defender Whitney Engen had a goal correctly ruled out for offsides, despite the close nature of the call. Moments later Canada’s Josée Bélanger should have scored but instead dragged a shot across the face of the net.
The visitors had one good chance to draw back level following Leroux’s goal, a late one in the 87th minute, but Jonelle Filigno shot directly at Hope Solo who made a comfortable save.
Despite the struggles at the attack, the US defense was as strong as ever, showing their .67 goals-per-match mark from 2013 was no fluke. Canada barely had a sniff on net, with build-up play often halted in the middle third.
The start is a promising one as the Americans look to bring their strong 2013 with them into CONCACAF qualifying for the 2015 World Cup, which will be hosted by Canada.
Jun 29, 2015, 7:04 PM EDT
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Jun 29, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT
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Jun 29, 2015, 5:10 PM EDT
A goal and an assist — finally a dominant performance — in the weekend’s biggest rivalry game earns Darlington Nagbe POTW honors.
Jun 29, 2015, 4:27 PM EDT
“Rivalry Week” is in the books, and a number of derby day conquerors find themselves on the last MLS Team of the Week.
Jun 29, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT
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Jun 29, 2015, 3:07 PM EDT
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Jun 29, 2015, 2:23 PM EDT
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Jun 29, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT
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Jun 29, 2015, 12:52 PM EDT
Guangzhou Evergrande have added a big name to their title charge in the Chinese Super League.
Jun 29, 2015, 11:39 AM EDT
Many if not all neutral fans expect Argentina and Chile to make it through their Copa America semifinals en route to a border battle final.
Jun 29, 2015, 10:45 AM EDT
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Jun 29, 2015, 10:06 AM EDT
Less talking, more ranking. Feel free to debate in the comments section.
Jun 29, 2015, 8:30 AM EDT
FIFA’s weather-related move of the 2022 World Cup from to November-December has its first legal challenge.
Jun 29, 2015, 7:57 AM EDT
Could women’s football in England be en route to a Brandi Chastain moment of their own?
Jun 28, 2015, 11:37 PM EDT
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Jun 28, 2015, 9:54 PM EDT
Final: Timbers 4-1 Sounders
Jun 28, 2015, 8:47 PM EDT
Nathaniel Clyne has basically sealed a move to Liverpool.
Jun 28, 2015, 8:31 PM EDT
Krieger is fluent in German and familiar with Tuesday’s semifinal opponent.
Jun 28, 2015, 7:37 PM EDT
Final: NYC 1-3 NYRB
Jun 28, 2015, 6:46 PM EDT
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