On Thursday, November 9, Seattle Reign FC’s Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. Women’s National Team travels up the I-5 corridor for a match against their CONCACAF rivals, Canada. The match is the first of two against Canada and will air on ESPN2.
Canada is currently ranked fifth in the world by FIFA and most recently won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.
The U.S. has only lost to Canada on three occasions (1986, 2000 and 2001), but Canada has come very close to a victory in recent years. Fans may remember the epic 4-3 match during the 2012 Olympics, when an Alex Morgan header in the waning seconds of extra time sealed a U.S. victory.
Christine Sinclair, who sits behind only Abby Wambach as the all-time leading goal-scorer in international play, scored all three goals for Canada that match.
While Sinclair will be available for tonight’s match, Canada will put forward a very young roster. That includes three 16-year-olds and a 19-year-old, Jessie Fleming, who already has 45 senior caps since debuting at 15. I mean, just look at what Fleming can do (this GIF is from her freshman year at UCLA, when she was just 18).
That footwork though! @_jessiefleming pic.twitter.com/n1SExNqw86— UCLA Women's Soccer (@UCLAWSoccer) August 28, 2016
The match looks to be the United States’ to lose, but anything can happen against Canada.
How to Watch
Time/Date: Thursday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. PT
Location: BC Place, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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