Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Big crowd turns out for 'Celebration Series' opener
by Paul Kennedy, September 18th, 2011 2:01AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  canada, women's national team

MOST COMMENTED

[USA-CANADA WOMEN]Is there a Germany '11 effect? The U.S. women's national team attracted a crowd of 16,191 at the new Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. -- almost as many fans at it drew for its three pre-Women's World Cup friendlies -- for its 1-1 tie with Canada on Saturday night.

The USA had not drawn as large a crowd since 16,856 fans watched it beat Brazil, 2-0, at Giants Stadium four years ago as part of its Send-OffSeries before leaving for the 2007 Women’s World Cup in China.

U.S. forward Abby Wambachscored her 123rd career international goal, burying a penalty kick in the 10th minute, while Canadian forward Melissa Tancredi equalized just before halftime.

Wambach lined up as the lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation Pia Sundhage tried out.

“I think we played our best soccer in the [World Cup] final, but now they are coming back from a break,” she said. “They weren’t sharp and we tried to tweak the system a little bit while keeping a possession style. There will be a lot of practices if we [are going to be successful] in changing the system a little bit or maybe we’ll go back to 4-4-2. We know that we can play a 4-4-2. It will be very interesting the next few months.”

Canada was playing its first match under new head coach John Herdman.

The USA and Canada will complete the two-game “Celebration Series” on Thursday at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. (TV: ESPN2, live, 11 pm ET).

Sept. 17 in Kansas City, Kan.
USA 1 Canada 1. Goals: Wambach (pen.) 10; Tancredi 42.
USA --
Solo (Barnhart, 46), Krieger, Buehler (Sauerbrunn, 46), Rampone, LePeilbet, O’Reilly, Lloyd, Cheney, Rapinoe (Heath, 46), Rodriguez, Wambach (Morgan, 57)
Canada --McLeod, Wilkinson (Gayle, 76),  Zurrer, Moscato, Sesselmann, Kyle (Scott, 69), Matheson, Schmidt, Julien (Stewart, 68), Tancredi (Booth, 76), Parker (Sawicki, 90).
Referee:Margaret Domka (USA)
Att.:16,191.

USA-Canada Reaction:



0 comments
  1. James Madison
    commented on: September 19, 2011 at 4:41 p.m.
    What, no player ratings?

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. women are off to Brazil -- opener next Wednesday    
The U.S. women's national team was off to Brazil Wednesday night to prepare for its quest ...
MLS Homegrowns lose to Mexico's U-20s    
In an appetizer to the MLS all-stars' game against Arsenal, a squad of MLS U-23 Homegrown ...
U.S. Abroad: Five Americans start in Tijuana Copa MX loss    
Tijuana started five Americans in its 4-0 loss to second division Lobos BUAP in Mexico's midweek ...
MLS Moves: Jones jumps ranks at Philadelphia    
Derrick Jones, the first player to sign with the Bethlehem Steel FC, became the first player ...
MLS All-Star Game: Soaking up the experience    
A guy like Sacha Kljestan, an 11-year pro and veteran of the UEFA Champions League with ...
Video Pick: Trick PK goes wrong in Peru    
Last February, Lionel Messi passed a penalty kick to Luis Suarez, who stroked home to complete ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"There's a reason you see the passion in this area: Soccer's in their blood now. It ...
MLS All-Star Game: Acosta and Van Damme added    
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) and Jelle Van Damme (LA Galaxy) were added to the MLS All-Stars' ...
What They're Saying: Brad Evans    
"I owe a ton to Sigi, my 1st and only MLS coach. 10 yrs & over ...
What They're Saying: Herculez Gomez    
"Sigi achieved more in 7 yrs than most MLS clubs have in their history... and he ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives