Pair of 2nd-half goals for US deflate Canadian women – CBC Sports

Alex Morgan scored the go-ahead goal in the second half as the United States downed Canada 3-1 on Sunday in a women’s soccer friendly in San Jose, Calif.

Julie Ertz and Carli Lloyd also scored for the U.S. in front of an announced crowd of 18,960 at Avaya Stadium.

“They scored a timely goal, credit to them,” said Canadian coach John Herdman. “We threw everything we had at them.”

Janine Beckie found the back of the net for the Canadians.

The match was the second of a two-game series between the top-ranked Americans and No. 5 Canada, with the two nations playing to a 1-1 draw Thursday in Vancouver.

‘We feel pretty good’

“These women put in a shift tonight and I can’t say enough how proud of each and every one of them we are,” said Herdman. “We’ll take away some lessons from tonight and from the match in Vancouver, but I can honestly say we feel pretty good about what we’ve accomplished against this U.S. team and there are no hung heads coming out of this camp.”

The Canadians are now 3-48-7 all-time against the U.S., with their last win coming all the way back on March 11, 2001. Canada is 0-28-6 against the Americans since that victory.

Canada tested its youth movement by playing six teenagers, including three 16 year olds.

Herdman started Jessie Fleming (19) and Deanne Rose (18) then added 16-year-olds Jordyn Huitema, Ariel Young and Jayde Riviere, and Julia Grosso (17) in the second half.

Young, Riviere, and Grosso were all making their international debuts.

“A great learning experience against the top team in the world,” said Herdman.

American dominance

The Americans had 61 per cent possession in the first half, 58 per cent overall, and the only two shots on target in the opening 45 minutes.

They also earned five corners, compared to zero for Canada, and made good on one of them when Megan Rapinoe put the ball into the box for Ertz to head home in the 11th minute for the match’s opening goal.

Canadian veteran Christine Sinclair had a…

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