Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Teen scores late to beat Canada
by Paul Kennedy, July 23rd, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[U.S. WOMEN] Teenager Christine Nairn lived up to her reputation as one of the top prospects in the U.S. women's national team program, scoring in the 89th minute to give the USA a 1-0 win over Canada Wednesday in Charleston, S.C., and a sweep of their three-game series.

The USA outshot Canada 18-8, but the game looked to be headed for a scoreless draw when Nairn, who entered the game in the 81st minute, finished off a wild scramble in front of Canadian keeper Erin McLeod's goal.

Nairn, 18, is the youngest player to score for the USA in more than six years. She was a starter on the U.S. team that won the 2008 Under-20 Women's World Cup last fall and is age-eligible for the 2010 U-20 tournament in Germany. The Maryland product delayed her enrollment at Penn State due to her commitment to the U-20s and will be a freshman for the Nittany Lions in 2009.

"I was first of all excited to get in the game, but [Lauren] Cheney did all the hard work and I was just there to make sure it went in the goal," said Nairn, who debuted for the USA in its 4-0 victory against Canada on May 25. "I'll take it if I can. If Abby [Wambach] didn't make that run and that touch, and Cheney didn't follow it up, I wouldn't have made it. It's awesome. I can't even explain how I feel right now its awesome to even be on this team and be considered for this team so to put one away like that and win the game is a great feeling."

Canada had its chances in the second half but U.S. goalie Hope Solo twice denied Canada star Christine Sinclair with excellent stops.

U.S. coach Pia Sundhage inserted Leslie Osborne into the match in the 62nd minute, giving the Gold Pride midfielder her first cap since recovering from reconstructive ankle and knee surgery in the middle of last year.

"I think this game was very important because of the way we have been playing and working on the attacking third," said Sundhage. "We didn't score that many goals, but we scored a goal. And we gained some confidence by that and we will continue to work on the attack, especially in the attacking third."

July 22 in Charleston, S.C.
USA 1 Canada 0. Goal: Nairn 89.
USA -- Solo, Mitts, LePeilbet, Buehler, Cox, O'Reilly (Osborne, 62), Boxx (Hucles, 46), Lloyd (Nairn, 81), Rapinoe (Heath, 46), Tarpley (Cheney, 46), Wambach.
Canada -- McLeod, Gayle (Stewart, 26), Chapman, Zurrer, Nault (Woeller, 67), Moscato (Lagonia, 80), Matheson, Parker (Robinson, 64), Lang, Filigno (Julien, 73), Sinclair.
Referee: Sandra Serafini (USA).
Att.: 4,041.

 

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Where to Watch European Soccer    
The new European club season has started up. Here are places Soccer America readers recommend where ...
Attention on battle for first place -- and fourth    
[NASL: Fall Week 11] First place will be on the line Saturday when the San Antonio ...
Nasco nightmare gives RSL Rocky Mountain Cup    
[MLS: Friday] Joe Nasco, the former Georgia police officer who made his MLS debut this summer ...
Riquelme still brilliant at 36     
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme has always been one of the most delightful ...
What They're Saying: Danny Murphy    
"Basically, half his finger was off and you could see his tendon. Glass shattered -- it ...
Abbott is 'incredibly impressed' with Sac scene    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] How does Sacramento stack up? MLS president Mark Abbott said he's not about to ...
'Dynamite' Davis triggers upset of No. 1 Tar Heels    
[DUKE-NORTH CAROLINA: Men] Midfielder Sean Davis scored on a free kick from 25 yards and set ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Friday] Sam Mewis' goal in the third minute held up as No. 1 UCLA defeated ...
Brazilian investors purchase Strikers from Traffic    
[NASL] Traffic Sports USA, which at one point owned or operated half the teams in the ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Midweek] No. 6 Florida State overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Connecticut, 3-2. Shea Groom ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives