2016 CONCACAF WOMEN’S QUALIFYING CHAMPIONSHIP

Today is the big day, the 2016 Concacaf Women’s Qualifying Championship between USA and Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.  The USA leads the all-time CWOQ series. The USA has not given up a goal since 2008 against Canada.

Today for USA, the captain will be #10 Carli Lloyd and for Canada #14 Melissa Tancredi.  The goalie for USA will be #1 Hope Solo and goalie for Canada #18 Stephaine Labbe.

The first half started with Canada being aggressive right away, they attempted a goal, which was blocked by USA’s #1 Hope Solo.  In the 13th minute of the game the USA attempted a goal, by #7 Meghan Klingenberg setting up #10 Carlie Lloyd, but was off target.  Both teams are being aggressive in getting the ball for their team.   In the 19th minute a yellow card issued to Canada’s #9 Josee Belanger.  In the 22nd minute #10 Carli Lloyd was off target with another attempt at a goal.  Another attempt to score a goal by the USA #9 Lindsey Horan in the 23rd minute of the game.  In the 24th minute of the game Canada attempted a goal but was saved by Hope Solo.  Another attempt by USA’s #10 Carlie Lloyd missed target for a goal.  The first half has been very competitive by both teams, something we had not seen in the tournament going into the second half with the score being 0-0, showing both teams matched evenly.

In the second half USA’s #5 Kelley O’Hara attempted a goal but fell short when Canada’s goalie #18 Stephanie Labbe blocked the goal.  In the 52nd minute USA’s #9 Lindsey Horan scored a goal, assisted by #4 Becky Sauerbrunn to put USA on the board with the first point.  USA 1, Canada 0.  Canada’s had two substitutions in the 57th minute of the game #8 Diana Matheson on, #5 Rebecca Quinn off and #13 Sophie Schmidt on and # 7 Rhian Wilkinson off.  Coach Herdman putting in players maybe changing the tempo of the game for Canada.  In the 60th minute the USA’s #17 Tobin Heat scored another goal.  In the 61st minute Canada had another substitution, #12 Christine Sinclair on, #15 Nichelle Prince on.  Christine Sinclair playing injured still coming in to try to help her team.  In the 70th minute USA’s #1 Hope Solo, blocked a goal, which kept Canada from scoring.  In the 71st minute USA had a substitution, #12 Christen Press on, #13 Alex Morgan off.  In the 79th minute USA’s #2 Mallory Pugh was issued a yellow card.  In the 83rd minute USA substitution #16 Crystal Dun on, #9 Lindsey Horan off.   In the 89th minute USA made substitution # 6 Emily Sonnett on, #2 Mallory Pugh off.  There was a stoppage time of 3 minutes added to the game.

The USA are the champions of the 2016 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifiers, beating Canada.  The final score USA 2 and Canada 0.  The Fair Play Trophy went to the USA team, receiving for the USA #10 Carlie Lloyd, the Golden Glove Award went to USA’s #1 Hope Solo, the Golden Boot to USA’s #16 Crystal Dunn, the Best Player Golden Ball, USA’s #14 Morgan Brian.  The runner up for Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifiers 2016 goes to Team Canada.

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