The unsurprising results continued at the CONCAF Olympic Qualifying tournament as the United States claimed the title with a 2-0 win over Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The result keeps the United States undefeated in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, and means that their first match for 2020 will no doubt see them cross 100 goals in Olympic Qualifying. It was a dominant performance for the United States, but Canada’s defense was also solid, stopping the Americans from finding goals until the second half.
Perhaps reflecting the relatively meaningless nature of this final, Canada’s manager, John Herdman rested Christine Sinclair, to give Deanne Rose some incredible exposure and also resting starting keeper, Erin McLeod. On the other hand Jill Ellis persisted with her side from the semifinal, a mostly full strength American side.
The first half was kept tight as the two sides held on well defensively to keep each other out, but it was the United States with the best chances. But despite that there was no real clear cut chance for either side, keeping it scoreless at the break.
It took just eight minutes in to the second half for the goal to finally come after a clearance fell to Becky Sauerbrunn. That allowed Sauerbrunn to send in a cross from 40 yards, finding Lindsey Horan, who headed it past the keeper.
Just after the hour mark the United States were able to double their lead thanks to another impressive display from Mallory Pugh. Pugh made a great run down the left side of the box and switched for Tobin Heath who hit a shot powerfully in to the top right corner to give the World Champions a cushion.
Canada had their first really clear cut chance of the match in the 71st minute, and if not for Hope Solo could have pulled a goal back. The chance came through Melissa Tancredi who hit a powerful shot which forced Solo to make a diving save, keeping it 2-0 for the US win.