USA Defeats Canada 6:1

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s Women’s World Cup Team were defeated 6-1 by the United States in a friendly at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, Saturday.



Canada was a last minute replacement after Nigeria was unable to travel to the United States for the scheduled match. As a result, the Canadians entered the game with only 15 players and without several regular starters, some of whom were unavailable at short notice while others were not released from their clubs.



Canada opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Christine Sinclair received a long ball from Melanie Booth and easily beat US goalkeeper Briana Scurry when she slotted the ball into the lower left hand corner of the net.

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s Women’s World Cup Team were defeated 6-1 by the United States in a friendly at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, Saturday.



Canada was a last minute replacement after Nigeria was unable to travel to the United States for the scheduled match. As a result, the Canadians entered the game with only 15 players and without several regular starters, some of whom were unavailable at short notice while others were not released from their clubs.



Canada opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Christine Sinclair received a long ball from Melanie Booth and easily beat US goalkeeper Briana Scurry when she slotted the ball into the lower left hand corner of the net.



The Americans tied the game in the 16th minute after a Shannon MacMillan free kick found the top left corner, beating Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod. The Calgary native was busy all game and kept the Americans at bay with some fine saves, notably in the first half.



American midfielder Kristine Lilly volleyed over the defence to give the Americans the lead in the 34th minute. The Americans added to their lead in the 43rd minute when Julie Foudy slid a low ball into the lower left corner of the net.



In the second half, MacMillan accounted for all the scoring when she scored a hat trick to finish with a career high four goals.



Due to the fact that Canada was not allowed to use three of their WUSA based players and was without several other starters due to the last minute organization of the match, the Canadian Soccer Association is viewing this match as a B game and will not count it in their official statistics. Had the WUSA players been released for Canada as they were for the US, the CSA would have counted it as an A game. The United States Soccer Federation, who had all their WUSA players available, were made aware of this fact prior to the game.



Canada had to play without Atlanta Beat players Sharolta Nonen and Charmaine

Hooper; while Atlanta’s Cindy Parlow and goalkeeper Briana Scurry played the full 90 minutes for the United States.



Canada was without regular starters Karina LeBanc, Sharolta Nonen, Breanna Boyd, Kristina Kiss, Randee Hermus, Silvana Burtini and Charmaine Hooper.



April 26, 2003 – Friendly

RFK Stadium, Washington, DC

Canada t1 (1)

USA tt6 (3)

Cautions: Canada – Melanie Booth (44);

Goals: Canada – Christine Sinclair (7); USA – Shannon MacMillan (16, 55, 78, 80), Kristine Lilly (34), Julie Foudy (43)

Canada: 1-Erin McLeod; 2-Christine Latham (9-Amber Allen, 57); 3-Melanie Booth; 4-Sasha Andrews; 5-Andrea Neil – C; 8-Clare Rustad; 13-Diana Matheson; 12-Christine Sinclair; 15-Kara Lang; 16-Brittany Timko; 14-Carmelina Moscato (7-Rhian Wilkinson, 67); Subs Not Used: 11-Ashley McGhee; 22-Taryn Swiatek; Head coach: Even Pellerud.

USA: 1-Briana Scurry; 4- Cat Reddick; 6-Brandi Chastain; 8-Shannon MacMillan; 9-Mia Hamm (23-Heather O’Reilly, 62); 10- Aly Wagner; 11-Julie Foudy (19-Angela Hucles, 46); 12- Cindy Parlow; 13-Krisitne Lilly; 14-JoyFawcett (17-Danielle Slaton, 46); 15-Kate Sobrero;

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