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Leroux comes to rescue to preserve streak
by Paul Kennedy, May 8th, 2014 11:26PM

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[CANADA-USA] Canadian-born Sydney Leroux scored in her third straight game against the country she once represented at the youth level to give the USA a 1-1 tie that extended its unbeaten streak against Canada to 30 games, dating back to March 2001.

Urged on by a crowd of 28,255 fans at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, the Canadians took the lead on a goal by 18-year-old Kadeisha Buchanan. The West Virginia University freshman outjumped Abby Wambach and Ali Kreiger to put the hosts ahead in the 35th minute.

Canadian keeper Erin McLeod kept the USA off the scoreboard with a stop on Heather O'Reilly early in the game and interception on Abby Wambach in the 52nd minute, but she could not stop Leroux in the 78th minute when her teammate on Canada's 2004 Under-19 Women's World Cup team hit a right-footed shot that bounced once underneath her.

Leroux had the third goal when the USA beat Canada, 3-0, in Toronto last summer and the lone goal in a 1-0 win in January in Frisco, Texas.

The USA now holds a 47-3-6 all-time record against Canada, which started three defenders eligible for Canada's team that will play in this summer's Under-20 Women's World Cup it will host in August.

With the draw, the USA is 25-0-5 in its last 30 games against Canada. The USA's last loss to Canada came in the opener of the 2001 Algarve Cup in Lagos, Portugal.

The second was the second under interim coach Jill Ellis. A decision on a successor to Tim Sermanni is expected before the next U.S. matches, a two-game series against France in June.

-- Midfielder Lauren Holiday became the 30th U.S. player to earn 100 career caps.



May 8 in Winnipeg
Canada 1 USA 1. Goals: Buchanan 35; Leroux 78.
USA -- Solo; Krieger, Engen (Rampone, 82), Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg (Dunn, 59), Lloyd, Brian (Long, 68), Holiday; O'Reilly, Wambach (Press, 68), Leroux.
Canada -- McLeod; Wilkinson (Gayle, 90+6), Buchanan, Quinn, Yekka; Matheson, Scott, Sinclair, Schmidt (Fleming, 86); Belanger (Kyle, 64), Filigno (Tancredi, 74).
Att.: 28,255.


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  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: May 10, 2014 at 6:13 a.m.
    Once again poor finishing haunts the USWNT. If it weren't for the Canadian back line getting caught ball-watching in the 78th minute, the US would have lost that match. McLeod was on fire and snuffed out the US on set pieces, which have always been a strength but now seem a crutch as Buchanan proved. US players after the match commented (not here) how physical the match was and how they upped the aggression in the 2nd half. Perhaps this was needed because Canada was more committed in the tackle in that first half, but any time the FIFA #1 ranked team believes they have to rely on more physical play to overcome lesser teams there is a problem. Can anyone fix it in time for the next World Cup?


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