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.

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The USWNT won the 2022 CONCACAF W Championship after a 1-0 win over rivals Canada in the final played at the Estadio BBVA in Monterrey, Mexico. An Alex Morgan penalty kick 12 minutes from time proved the game-winner.

The victory earns the USA a berth in the 2024 Summer Olympics, which was the prize on the line in the final. It was also revenge for the USA after Canada ousted the Americans in the semifinals of the 2021 Olympics, forcing the Americans to settle for a bronze medal, while Canada won gold.

As the tournament runner-up, Canada will meet Jamaica in an Olympic playoff in a rematch of their W Championship semifinal. The Canadians will have to win that playoff in order to make it to Paris 2024 and defend their gold medal.

The Americans created the best opportunities of the match, but between emergency defending and strong saves by Canada goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan Canada held the opponents at bay. With about 15 minutes left in the match, Allysha Chapman tripped up Rose Lavelle in the box for a clear penalty kick and Alex Morgan converted for the decisive goal.

DECOURCY: Stakes are high for new-look USWNT vs. Canada

USWNT vs Canada final score


Goals: USA — Alex Morgan (penalty kick) — 78th min.

USWNT vs Canada live updates, highlights from W Championship

Final: USA 1, Canada 0

89th min.: USWNT Subs — Midge Purce, Trinity Rodman, and Naomi Girma on for Alex Morgan, Sophia Smith and Mal Pugh. And there are five minutes of stoppage time coming.

88th min.: A Jordyn Huitema header off the mark for Canada after a long cross into the USA box. It’s desperation time for Canada.

84th min.: Jessie Fleming has time on the ball and she just rips a shot toward goal, but it’s central and right at the ‘keeper.

78th min.: Alex Morgan steps up to bury the penalty kick past her club teammate Kailen Sheridan. The USWNT takes the lead!

76th min.: Penalty USA! Rose Lavelle went down in the box after Allysha Chapman makes contact with Lavelle’s leg.

71st min.: Chance USA! Andi Sullivan with the searing blast that misses the top right corner of the goal. Good enterprising

68th min.: Canada SUBS — Jordyn Huitema and Adriana Leon are in for Christine Sinclair and Nichelle Prince.

64th min.: Another great chance for Sophia Smith! Alex Morgan sends her through with a penetrating ball, and Smith beats the goalkeeper to the ball. But she can’t get her body turned around to shoot on an empty net and the ball finished wide.

61st min.: Canada SUB — Jayde Riviere can’t continue, and Allysha Chapman comes on for her. Chapman will play at left back and Ashley Lawrence will switch to right back.

59th min.: Another injury stoppage, and now it’s Canada’s Vanessa Gilles staying on the ground after Sophia Smith inadvertently stepped on her arm.

57th min.: Canada SUB — Julia Grosso comes on for Quinn in midfield. Riviere is also back into the game for Canada.

56th min.: It’s been a quiet start. There’s an injury stoppage with Jayde Riviere who stayed on the ground. It looks like she’s trying to stay into the match.

46th min.: Second half is underway. No subs. And Sinclair is booked straight away with a reckless tackle on Andi Sullivan.

Halftime: USWNT 0, Canada 0

Halftime: That was a fun first half. Two heavyweights going at it. The USWNT came out on fire and had Canada’s defenders scrambling. But Kadeisha Buchanan, Vanessa Gilles, and goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan came up big. Sheridan made the biggest save of the match on the goal line at the end of the half. Canada’s Nichelle Prince was responsible for her team’s chances as she was getting the better of U.S. right back Sofia Huerta down the flank.

It’s an evenly matched first half, but the USWNT looks to have more weapons in attack between Pugh, Morgan, and Smith (10-4 in shots for USA). Canada can’t get its other attackers into the match: Janine Beckie, Jessie Fleming, and Christine Sinclair have been quiet. But the Canadians have fresh options off the bench.

44th min.: What a chance for the USWNT! A low Sofia Huerta cross finds a charging Sophia Smith, but she can’t bundle the ball over the line and past goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan, who somehow stops the ball. That was almost a goal.

41st min.: Lindsey Horan gets a yellow card for pulling back Janine Beckie, who danced by her on the dribble. It’s a good call. Beckie was back in her own end to help defensively.

39th min.: Lindsey Horan starts a counter after intercepting the ball, but her pass to Mal Pugh on the left is short and Pugh’s shot is high.

31st min.: Fantastic save by Canada ‘keeper Kailen Sheridan on a solo run by Mal Pugh down the right. Sheridan just snatched that ball out of the air. Sheridan has been alert and sure-handed early on.

26th min.: Sophia Smith and Mal Pugh have switched wings for the USWNT. And Sophia Smith creates space for herself wide left and fires toward goal, but the shot is wide. The USWNT energy is not what it was in the opening minutes.

21st min.: Janine Beckie and Jessie Fleming with consecutive shots. Canada are gaining a foothold in the match, creating and passing some more.

17th min.: The USWNT can’t stop Nichelle Prince. She goes to the end line and earns a corner as Sophia Smith comes all the way back to help defend. Nothing comes of the corner.

14th min.: The USWNT again combining and pushing forward and Lindsey Horan launches the volley, but it’s off target. Canada are in a rare position of having to block shots and resort to some emergency defending.

6th min.: Nichelle Prince with a shot on goal for Canada. It’s end-to-end action. Prince beats Sofia Huerta, but her shot on goal is a slow roller to U.S. ‘keeper Alyssa Naeher. Moments later the exact same play happens a second time!

4th min.: Alex Morgan just misses the net! She takes a curling shot after a well-worked, quick combination play by the USWNT forwards. The Americans are playing fast and direct.

1st min.: The USWNT kick us off. And the Americans go straight down the field and Kadeisha Buchanan needs to make the defensive intervention. Seconds later Mal Pugh rips a shot from a tough angle and Canada ‘keeper Kailen Sheridan has to punch the ball out for a corner.

10:06 p.m. ET: Teams are now out on the field and so is the trophy:

9:59 p.m. ET: We have a few minutes before the match kicks off. Enough time to take in these videos on the rivalry:

9:55 p.m. ET: The CONCACAF W Championship anthem will be played live in-stadium by Skip Marley ahead of the final kickoff.

9:44 p.m. ET: Teams are warming up on the field at Estadio BBVA. Meanwhile, Canada’s Deanne Rose is still not ready to play.

9:08 p.m. ET: The 3rd-place match is forcing the final into a slight delay.

9 p.m. ET: Lineups are out:

8:39 p.m. ET: How are the USWNT players receiving these words from Christine Sinclair:

8:30 p.m. ET: Kaylyn Kyle put her compatriots on the spot with a series of USA vs. Canada questions. (Spoiler alert: They didn’t all go Canada’s way.)

8:25 p.m. ET: Two teams with identical records so far in the W Championship.

8 p.m. ET: This video sets up the match perfectly:

USA vs Canada lineups

USWNT manager Vlatko Andonovski opts for veteran Alyssa Naeher over Casey Murphy, along with two changes at fullback. Emily Fox has emerged from COVID protocol and takes back her left back spot. Kelley O’Hara has played well, but Sofia Huerta gets the start at right back.

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 starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Alyssa Naeher (GK) — 19-Emily Fox, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Alana Cook, 8-Sofia Huerta — 10-Lindsey Horan, 17-Andi Sullivan, 16-Rose Lavelle — 9-Mal Pugh, 13-Alex Morgan, 11-Sophia Smith

USWNT subs (12): 18-Casey Murphy (GK), 21-Aubrey Kingsbury (GK), 12-Naomi Girma, 14-Emily Sonnett, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 2-Ashley Sanchez, 22-Kristie Mewis, 24-Sam Coffey, 20-Taylor Kornieck, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 6-Trinity Rodman, 23-Midge Purce

Canada manager Bev Priestman does not veer 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 will look to them to be attacking sparks off the bench. Along with Jordyn Huitema, they’re sure to be among the five subs used by Priestman based on recent matches.

Canada 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 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

MORE: CONCACAF W Championship results, highlights and final standings

USA vs Canada TV channel, live stream

In Canada
Mon, July 18
Mon, July 18
10:10 p.m. ET
10:10 p.m. ET
Telus (Ch. 980), CBC
Live Stream
fuboTV, Paramount+, ViX
fuboTV, OneSoccer, CBC Gem

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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