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Leroux comes back to haunt Canada
by Paul Kennedy, January 31st, 2014 11:22PM

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[USA-CANADA] Canadian-born Sydney Leroux, who switched allegiances at the youth level, scored the lone goal to give the USA  a 1-0 win over Canada before the largest U.S. home crowd in more than a decade.

Celebrating her 50th cap, central defender Becky Sauerbrunn came forward for the first time in the 79th minute and played a one-two with sub Christen Press in the penalty area before playing a ball in the middle that Canadian Sura Yekka, a 16-year-old high school junior, failed to clear. Leroux was at the far post to put away the easy chance for her 25th goal in 44 games for the USA.

The assist was the first in more than five years for Sauerbrunn, who anchored a backline that was totally changed from the back four in the epic USA-Canada semifinal at the 2012 Olympics Soccer America Women's College Player of the Year Morgan Brian, a junior at Virginia, got her first start for the USA and had an outstanding game.

The win extended the USA's unbeaten streak to 40 games dating back to the 2012 Algarve Cup when it suffered a 1-0 defeat to Japan. It also kept the USA unbeaten since Tom Sermanni took over as head coach.

The game drew 20,862 fans, the largest home crowd since 2003, also in North Texas at the Cotton Bowl.

-- Stephanie Cox got her second start since returning from having her baby daughter in April 2013. Amy Rodriguez was a late sub, making her first appearance for the USA since 2012 after giving birth a boy in August 2013.

Jan. 31 in Frisco, Texas
USA 1 Canada 0. Goal: 79.
USA -- Solo; Krieger, Sauerbrunn, Engen, Cox; O’Reilly, Brian, Holiday, Rapinoe (Rodriguez 88); Leroux, Wambach (Press 75).
Canada --  McLeod, Wilkinson, Buchanan, Sesselmann, Nault, Matheson (Yekka, 74), Scott, Schmidt, Leon (Kyle 60), Belanger, Sinclair.
Att.: 20,862.


1 comment
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: February 1, 2014 at 10:40 a.m.
    I watched the first half of this game, and was in general impressed by the team possession going forward, especially going down that left channel w Rapinoe. The one touch passing and communication was excellent. However, the end product in the final 3rd was terrible for all the possession they had, with lots of crosses/crosses going into the box and very little to show for it. Why is there no patience with the possession in the final 3rd? Also, our back line plays a very kick-and-run type of defense with panic-y long balls. If the USWNT is to have confident possession all over the field, Solo should be playing out of the back just the way TH did with his back line when JK insisted. Coach TS should take a few pages out of the JK handbook.

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