Canada set to take on USA in Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Final
Posted on 6 February 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team
Having achieved their primary goal of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Canada is now focussed on the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Final on Sunday 9 February in Carson, California where they will meet the current world champions USA.
With the 1:0 win against Costa Rica in the Semi-finals on Friday night, Canada advanced to their fourth consecutive final at the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. The match will be broadcast live in Canada on OneSoccer.ca as well as on Rogers TV, SaskTel, and TELUS (18.00 ET / 15.00 PT). Fans will find extended coverage across Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter featuring the social media hashtag #CANWNT.
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“I feel like there was so much on the line for the match against Costa Rica, but we fought until the final whistle and we got the job done,” said forward Jordyn Huitema. “We have qualified to the Olympic Games, but now we are looking forward to finishing off this tournament with all wins and go home with the trophy.”
Canada have played the USA 58 times since 1986, most recently in the final of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship which ended up in a 2:0 win for USA. Canada also faced USA in a home-and-away series of friendly matches in 2017 that saw Canada draw the reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions 1:1 on home soil in Vancouver before falling 3:1 in San Jose in the return leg.
“I’m really looking forward to this final match against USA,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “I know USA might be considered the favourites, but I am actually looking forward to be a part of that rivalry. We are definitely not finished in this tournament. Even though we qualified to the Olympics, there is also a final in this tournament, and every time there is a final, you go for the win.”
Both Canada and the USA have gone undefeated in the tournament with Canada scoring 23 goals and USA scoring 22. Jordyn Huitema leads Canada and the tournament with seven goals. Other Canada goalscorers at the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship are Adriana Leon (four), Christine Sinclair (three), Janine Beckie (three), Ashley Lawrence (two), Jessie Fleming (one), Jayde Riviere (one), Deanne Rose (one), and Shelina Zadorsky (one).
Canada are one of only five nations in the world to qualify for each of past four Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments and the only nation to reach the podium at both London 2012 and Rio 2016.
CANADA RETURN HOME IN APRIL
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will come home this Spring when they face Australia in Vancouver on Tuesday 14 April. The home international soccer match will provide Canadian fans will an opportunity to see their favourite players live in action at BC Place (19.30 local kickoff).
Tickets are on sale now starting as low as $20 via Ticketmaster.ca (or by calling 1.855.985.5000), with complete information available via CanadaSoccer.com/tickets. Group discounts of up to 30% off the regular price are available for orders of 10 or more tickets using the Group Order Form. A special Me+3 ticket package can be purchased directly via Ticketmaster.ca.
Beyond the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in January and February, Canada will face France, Netherlands and Brazil at the Tournoi de France (4-10 March) and then Australia at home in Vancouver (14 April).
OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNERS & CONCACAF CHAMPIONS
Canada are two-time Olympic bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016) and two-time Concacaf champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada have participated in seven consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ (1995 to 2019) and three consecutive editions of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (2008 to 2016). At Rio 2016, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team were the first Canadian Olympic team to win back-to-back medals at a summer Olympic Games in more than a century.
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Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams, meanwhile, have won four Concacaf youth titles: the 2004 and 2008 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship, the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship, and the 2014 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship. Canada have qualified for seven editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (including a silver medal at Canada 2002) and all six editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (including a fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018).