Canada, USA: match two in Portland

Canada will meet USA one more time in an away Women’s International Friendly soccer series this Thursday 22 September in Portland, OR. The two sides will meet at JELD-WEN Field for the second match of the series with a 20.15 local kickoff in the Pacific Northwest (23.15 ET / 20.15 PT).

Canada will meet USA one more time in an away Women’s International Friendly soccer series this Thursday 22 September in Portland, OR. The two sides will meet at JELD-WEN Field for the second match of the series with a 20.15 local kickoff in the Pacific Northwest (23.15 ET / 20.15 PT).



Canadian fans who travel into Portland can purchase tickets ahead of time via ussoccer.com. The match can be followed in Canada via the live-in match twitter feed at twitter.com/CanadaSoccerEN. There is also an American broadcast at ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.



This will be coach John Herdman’s second match in command of the Canadian team. He made his debut on 17 September with a positive 1:1 result against the FIFA Women’s World Cup silver medal winners. Both Canada and USA are in their early preparations for the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying campaign.



“USA should be a little more cohesive, so as a group, we are going to have to step the performance up to another level,” said coach Herdman. “Our last three training sessions have been focused on areas that we think can have an impact on our opponent.”



Coach Herdman has 21 players in camp, 15 of which featured in the 17 September match. While both teams are determined to win the match and ultimately the series, they are both more focused on coming away with good performances in the build up towards January’s qualification matches.



The Thursday 22 September match will be the 50th match between Canada and USA in women’s international football.



Canada, whose title sponsor is Winners and presenting sponsor is Teck, will have its last pre-match training session on Wednesday morning at JELD-WEN Field. The team then plays Thursday evening before all players return to their clubs and schools the following day.



So far in 2011, Canada’s international record stands at 10 wins, two draws and five losses.



2012 CONCACAF WOMEN’S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING

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