Quick Bit: A ticket to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris will be on the line when the No. 1-ranked U.S. women’s national team faces defending Olympic champions Canada in the North American continental final known as the CONCACAF W Championship.
When it comes to women’s international soccer it doesn’t get much better than USA vs. Canada for a continental trophy. But there’s an even bigger prize at stake when the No. 1-ranked Americans and No. 6 Canadians face off for the CONCACAF W Championship final in Monterrey, Mexico.
The winner of the match will also go home with a ticket to the 2024 Olympics in Paris. The loser will still have a chance to make it to the 2024 Summer Games, but it will come down to a playoff against the third-place team (Costa Rica or Jamaica) in September 2023.
The defending World Cup champion USWNT has never missed out on an Olympics tournament in its history. The Canadian women will also be expecting to be there in 2024, especially after winning its first Olympic gold medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Canada beat the USWNT in the semifinals on the way to the gold.
Another victory over the Americans in the span of a year would send a clear statement that Canada can challenge for the USA’s crown at next year’s World Cup. On Monday Les Rouges will look to take advantage of a U.S. team integrating new players and missing several stars due to injury and pregnancy. Both teams have perfect records so far in the W Championship and each has yet to concede. Something will have to give in Monterrey.
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USA vs Canada lineups
The biggest decisions for USWNT manager Vlatko Andonovski revolve around the starting goalkeeper (Casey Murphy over Alyssa Naeher again?) and the fullback spots. If Emily Fox has not emerged from COVID protocol, it’ll be Emily Sonnett filling in again at left back. Kelley O’Hara has played well and should get the start at right back over Sofia Huerta.
Ashley Sanchez, Midge Purce, Megan Rapinoe and Kristie Mewis have made important contributions during the tournament, and they could be asked to be difference-makers off the bench if the USWNT struggles against Canada.
USWNT projected starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 18-Casey Murphy (GK) — 3-Emily Fox, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Alana Cook, 5-Kelley O’Hara — 10-Lindsey Horan, 17-Andi Sullivan, 16-Rose Lavelle — 9-Mal Pugh, 13-Alex Morgan, 11-Sophia Smith
USWNT projected subs (12): 1-Alyssa Naeher (GK), 21-Aubrey Kingsbury (GK), 12-Naomi Girma, 14-Emily Sonnett, 8-Sofia Huerta, 2-Ashley Sanchez, 22-Kristie Mewis, 24-Sam Coffey, 20-Taylor Kornieck, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 6-Trinity Rodman, 23-Midge Purce
It would be a surprise if Canada manager Bev Priestman veers away from her trusted starting lineup during this tournament. Julia Grosso has made a strong case to be a starter and Adriana Leon was impressive in her sub appearance during the last match; however, Priestman might look to them to be attacking sparks off the bench, especially if the team needs to come from behind in this match.
Along with Deanne Rose and Jordyn Huitema, they’re sure to be among the five subs used by Priestman based on recent matches.
Canada projected starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 21-Kailen Sheridan (GK) — 10-Ashley Lawrence, 14-Vanessa Gilles, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 8-Jayde Riviere — 5-Quinn, 11-Desiree Scott, 17-Jessie Fleming — 15-Nichelle Prince, 12-Christine Sinclair, 16-Janine Beckie
Canada projected subs (12): 18-Sabrina D’Angelo (GK), 2-Lysianne Proulx (GK), 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 23-Bianca St. Georges, 2-Allysha Chapman, 21-Zoe Burns, 7-Julia Grosso, 13-Sophie Schmidt, 20-Cloe Lacasse, 19-Adriana Leon, 6-Deanne Rose, 9-Jordyn Huitema
USA vs Canada TV channel, live stream
USA: Monday’s championship match will be televised by TUDN, which is streamed on fuboTV. CBS Sports streaming platform Paramount+ will carry the English-language broadcast and ViX will have the Spanish-language feed.
Canada: The match will be carried by OneSoccer (Telus Channel 980), which is also streamed on fuboTV. CBC will also televise and stream the final.
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