[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.