The US women’s national team is one step away from playing for the fifth gold medal, but first they must overcome a regional foe who is dominated but won’t take lightly.
The United States and Canada meet in Kashima for the right to face Sweden or Australia in the match for the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Both teams made it to the semi-finals of the 12-team tournament on penalties, with Canada overtaking Brazil thanks to consecutive saves by Stephanie Labbé that sent Marta & Co. home empty-handed. Labbé’s US counterpart, Alyssa Naeher, also made two saves on penalties, relieving USWNT from the Netherlands in what was a rematch of the 2019 Women’s World Cup final.
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The United States and Canada have met many times before, with the neighbor to the north the United States’ most frequent opponent ever. The USWNT holds an all-time record of 51-3-7, with two of those victories coming to the Olympic stage.
There was a 2008 extra-time triumph in the quarter-finals in China before playing one of the biggest games ever in the 2012 semi-finals in England. Alex Morgan winner has secured a 4–3 win in overtime for centuries and paved the way for the last US gold medal.
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