Canada will advance to the Olympic Games ranked second in their region after an 0:3 loss to USA in the Sunday final of the 2020 Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship. Canada finished the confederation championship with four wins and one loss as Stephanie Labbé won the Golden Glove and Jordyn Huitema won the Golden Shoe.
Canada scored 23 times across four different match through nine different scorers. In the final, they were unable to break the US defence despite holding 52% possession and completing 90% of their passes. Lynn Williams, Lindsey Horan and Megan Rapinoe were the American goalscorers in the 9 February final.
In winning silver, Canada have won 13 medals in 14 Concacaf women’s senior competitions since 1991, including silver at each of the last four Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championships in which they have also qualified for the Olympic Games. Canada are one of only five nations in the world to qualify for each of past four Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments and the only nation to reach the podium at both London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Huitema is the first Canadian since Christine Sinclair in 2012 to win the tournament’s top scoring prize while Labbé is the first Canadian since Erin McLeod in 2006 to win the top goalkeeper award at a Concacaf women’s tournament.
Canada nearly broke through in the 20th minute on a ball sent forward by Ashley Lawrence, but they were just caught with the offside call on the Christine Sinclair run into the box. As Canada continued to push forward, they created a pair of chances just a few minutes later, but both a Beckie chance was cleared and a Fleming lob was high over the crossbar.
USA had their best chance of the first half on a rocket from beyond the penalty area, but the Christine Press right-footed shot hit the crossbar and stayed out.
Then came Canada’s best chance in the 38th minute after Beckie put Sinclair through with a long, cutting pass. Sinclair was into the box, but her shot was stopped by the charging Alyssa Naeher.
In the second half, the USA created a couple of big moments, but the Canadian defence denied them both times. In the 56th minute, a corner kick was nearly headed in at the back post, but captain Sinclair was there to help with the clearance.
In the 60th minute, USA picked out the go-ahead goal after Williams intercepted the ball inside the Canada box and fired it pasted the outstretched Stephanie Labbé.
USA then doubled their lead in the 71st minute after Ertz played a ball wide to Samantha Mewis on the left wing. The Mewis cross into the box was headed down by Williams to Horan who then beat her defender and beat Labbé with a low shot.
In the 77th minute, Canada came through as Fleming helped Beckie get into a dangerous position inside the box, but the Beckie cross was just out of reach for her teammate at the back post.
USA then scored their third in the 87th minute after Williams played in Rapinoe who then scored with a low shot from inside the box.
Canada’s starting XI featured Stephanie Labbé in goal, Jayde Riviere and Ashley Lawrence as fullbacks, Sophie Schmidt, Kadeisha Buchanan and Shelina Zadorsky as centre backs, and Desiree Scott, Rebecca Quinn, Jessie Fleming, Christine Sinclair and Janine Beckie from the midfield up through to the attack. Buchanan, who wore the captain's armband for the first time, made her 100th international "A" appearance. In the second half, coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller replaced Riviere with Allysha Chapman (65’), Quinn with Deanne Rose (65’), and Schmidt with Jordyn Huitema (73’).