Its ticket to France and the 2019 Women's World Cup booked, the USA gets down to the task of beginning the process of preparing for next summer when it plays Canada in the Concacaf Women's
Championship final Wednesday night in Frisco, Texas.
Mexico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica -- all beaten by scores of 5-0 or more -- aren't going to replicate what the USA
will face in France, but Canada will.
Canada isn't a perfect team by any means, but it has plenty of experience, a physical style and some individual talent.
Canada is the
USA's most common opponent. In 58 games, the USA leads with a record of 48-3-7 though some recent meetings have been battles: 1-1 in Winnipeg in May 2014 and 1-1 in Vancouver last November.
Canada's squad ranges in age from 35-year-old Christine Sinclair
to 17-year-old Jordyn Huitema
. In her 19th season with the national team, Sinclair scored twice in the 7-0 win
over Panama in the Concacaf semifinals to give her 177 international goals -- just seven behind former U.S. forward Abby Wambach
's world record of 184 goals.
"It's my teammates
that keep reminding me of it," said Sinclair, who was more focused on the task at hand. "Especially in this tournament, it's just all about qualifying." Canada Roster:
1-Stephanie Labbe (Linkopings FC, SWE), 18-Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue FC) DEFENDERS (7):
20-Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash), 2-Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash), 4-Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride), 5-Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit), 10-Ashley Lawrence (Paris Saint-German, FRA), 11-Emma Regan
(Univ. of Texas), 3-Kadeisha Buchanan (Lyon, FRA) MIDFIELDERS (5):
8-Diana Matheson (Utah Royals FC), 17-Jessie Fleming (UCLA), 7-Julia Grosso (Univ. of Texas), 14-Gabrielle Carle
(Florida State), 13-Sophie Schmidt (Unattached) FORWARDS (6):
12-Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns), 16-Janine Beckie (Manchester City, ENG), 6-Deanne Rose (University of Florida),
19-Adriana Leon (Seattle Reign), 15-Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash), 9-Jordyn Huitema (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite)