When: Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 PM MT
Where: Frisco, Texas — Toyota Stadium
How to watch: FS2, then switches to FS1 (depending on the conclusion of the MLB playoff game)
The top two countries in CONCACAF face off
Watching the CONCACAF Women’s Championship was rough. Both the U.S. Women’s National Team and Canada dominated their groups and won by big margins (e.g., 7-0, 5-0). The tournament confirmed what we all knew, that both the U.S and Canada are the top countries in the North American region, but it also, sadly, showed how far behind women’s national teams’ programs in CONCACAF are, especially in comparison to their male counterparts in terms of funding, support, and development. Hopefully, in four years, we can write a different narrative.
Having steamrolled through their groups and semifinal matches, the U.S. and Canada are set to face off to claim the tournament’s championship, the 59th meeting between the two countries. With wins in their respective semifinals, both countries have qualified for the 2019 World Cup in France, where the U.S. will defend its 2015 title. The U.S. can also win its sixth CONCACAF Women’s National Championship title with a win against Canada.
The U.S. is 15-0-2 in 2018 with key wins against Germany, England, Japan, and Brazil. Its two draws were against France at the SheBelieves Cup and Australia in the Tournament of Nations.
Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage), Hailie Mace (UCLA), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
FIFA World Ranking: 5
Record vs. USA: 3-48-7
Head Coach: Kenneth Heiner-Møller
Canada is a team that has built towards competing against the top teams in the world, reaching the semi-final in the 2003 World Cup and winning bronze at the last two Olympic Games (2012, 2016). Led by veteran Christine Sinclair, who is considered one of the greatest players in the history of women’s soccer, Canada qualified for the 2019 World Cup with a 7-0 victory against Panama in the semifinal. Sinclair has scored 177 international goals, ranking second in most career international goals. She is 8 goals away from surpassing Abby Wambach’s record of 184 goals.
Fifteen players on Canada’s roster play in the NWSL, including Utah Royals FC midfielder Diana Matheson. Canada has recently begun to focus on its youth players for senior national team development, including 17-year-old forward Jordyn Huitema, who may turn pro next year, and midfielder Jessie Fleming, one of the top players in the NCAA.
Canada is 8-3-0 in 2018 with losses to Sweden (3-1), France (1-0), and Germany (3-2).