USA beats Canada in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying final

Published February 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Agence France-Presse

The United States beat Canada 3-0 on Sunday in the final of the CONCACAF women’s Olympic qualifying tournament, the last formality for the teams who booked their 2020 Tokyo berths with semifinal victories.

CARSON, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Christen Press #20 of the United States takes a shot at goal at the 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying semifinals at Dignity Health Sports Park on February 7, 2020 in Carson, California.   Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP
Christen Press #20 of the United States takes a shot at goal at the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying semifinals at Dignity Health Sports Park on February 7, 2020 in Carson, California. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images / AFP)

The World Cup champion United States had punched their ticket to Tokyo with a 4-0 victory over Mexico, while Canada secured their spot with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica.

With North American bragging rights on the line, Lynn Williams, Lindsey Horan and Megan Rapinoe scored for the United States, who are unbeaten in 28 games.

They didn’t concede a goal in five tournament matches, outscoring opponents 25-0.

CARSON, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Christen Press #20 the United States takes a selfie with a fan after the United States defeated Mexico 4-0 and qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan at the 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying semifinals at Dignity Health Sports Park on February 7, 2020 in Carson, California.   Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP
Christen Press #20 of the United States takes a selfie with a fan after the United States defeated Mexico 4-0 and qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan at the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying semifinals at Dignity Health Sports Park on February 7, 2020 in Carson, California. ()Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images / AFP)

“I think this is our expectation, we go into every tournament with the pressure to win,” said Christen Press. “The most important thing is to qualify. We’re super-excited, we’re proud of ourselves for that and then to top it off with this game is excellent for us.”

Press fired a shot off the crossbar in the 32nd minute and Canadian striker Christine Sinclair’s shot six minutes later was stopped by US keeper Alyssa Naeher.

Williams broke the stalemate in the 60th minute, seizing upon an error by Canada’s Jayde Riviere and firing into the upper corner.

Horan made it 2-0 in 71st and Rapinoe, subbed in the 62nd minute, capped the scoring in the 87th with an easy finish against a clearly flagging Canadian side.

The United States have played in every Olympics since women’s football was added to the program in 1996.

They’ve won four gold medals, but are out for redemption after being knocked out of the quarterfinals by Sweden in Rio in 2016.

Canada, meanwhile, will be gunning for a third straight podium finish in Tokyo, after earning bronze in London in 2012 and Rio.

 
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