It promises to be another thrilling duel between two teams who don’t like each other: the U.S. women’s national team will attempt another gold medal match if they face a Canadian team hoping to cross the semi-final hurdle for the first to overcome time after bronze medals in 2008 and 2012.
Canada is eager to change the color of the medal, especially as this could be the final Olympics for 38-year-old legend Christine Sinclair, who has the most international goals of any female player, male or female. The only problem is that the Canadians defeated the US in 20 years.
The No. 8 Canadians are known for being tough to break defensively and a USWNT who has seen their fights in this tournament (1-1-2 record) could be at their work.
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These two teams have faced each other twice in Olympic knockout scenarios and have both been in extra time, with the US winning each time. The last case was the 2012 Olympic semifinals in London, where American Alex Morgan scored the youngest goal in Olympic history and secured a wild 4-3 victory for the Americans.
USWNT v Canada live ticker
CAN: Jessie Fleming (penalty) – 75th min.
(All times east)
75th minute: Jessie Fleming steps up to take the kick for Canada and scores! Adrianna Franch guesses correctly, but she doesn’t get around to it.
72nd minute: This could be a turning point. The referee checks the monitor and there is a penalty for Canada! Tierna Davidson kicked Deanne Rose into the box as she tried to clear the danger. There is no doubt about that.
71st minute: The shots on goal are increasing for the USA. Now it’s Christen Press who shoots it on goal, but Labbe is sticking to it. According to statistics, 3 out of 11 shots on goal for the USA. No shots on goal for Canada.
68th minute: Great corner from Megan Rapinoe and Julie Ertz brings in the header that was meant for the corner but Canada GK Labbe stops it for a corner. The following game also ends with a header, this from Lindsey Horan and directly at the goalkeeper.
65th minute: Great idea from Carli Lloyd, who ripples a shot on goal, that the Canadian goalkeeper has to tip over the bar for a corner. But the USWNT cannot capitalize. The pressure rises only after the submarines.
61st minute: SUBS – The US is swapping the front – Heath, Morgan and Williams are out and Rapinoe, Christen Press and Carli Lloyd are in
60th minute: SUBS – Canada goes first. Julia Grosso for Quinn in midfield and Deanne Rose for Nichelle Prince as striker.
58th minute: It was all of the US that started this half, particularly on the left, with Crystal Dunn joining in the attacks. But the Americans cannot turn the pressures into dangerous opportunities. Triple substitution comes to liven things up for the US.
52nd min: Opportunity for the USA! Heel flicked from Heath to Williams, but her shot went over the bar. Best US attack so far.
49th minute: Chaos in the Canada box, but the ball is finally cleared.
46th minute: We’re on the road and the US started aggressively into halftime.
Half time: USA 0, Canada 0
Halftime: We knew this was going to be a defensive fight, but no shots on goal in the game come as a surprise so far. There were literally no highlights. Canada defended deeply at the beginning but grew into the game and had a few corners that they couldn’t use. But there is a feeling that the Canadians can attack at any time. The USWNT, who lost goalkeeper Alyssa Naheher to an injury, were sloppy at times and didn’t have great ideas around the penalty area. Lynn Williams was rarely involved. Canada looks like it could potentially penalize the US for sales.
USWNT 0-0 Canada
Shots (OT): 7 (0) – 3 (0)
Ownership: 49 – 51
Duels won%: 47 – 53
Air duels won%: 50 – 50
Total passes: 194 – 209
Accuracy of fit: 78 – 75
Accuracy of fit opp half: 62 – 62
Tackles% won: 45-65
Fouls: 2 – 3
– NWSL Analitica (@NwslAnalitica) August 2, 2021
51st + minute: Strong end to half for USWNT but needs to improve significantly in the second half to move forward.
46 + min .: The USWNT tries again and again to work the ball in the attacking half and this game ends with another cross from Alex Morgan.
40th minute: A cross from Kelley O’Hara is missed by Alex Morgan in the box, but her shirt was pulled on the move.
37th minute: Davidson has to concede another corner for Canada, the fifth of half, but that was wasted by Canadian Beckie who didn’t have good deliveries into the box.
32nd minute: Tierna Davidson blows a ball into the box and it turns into a corner. Meanwhile, Kelley O’Hara is on the yellow card for fouling Nichelle Prince.
29th minute: SUB – Nahe goes down again after a kick and the knee is in pain. She signals that she can’t continue, so AD Franch walks in.
26th min .: After a long wait, Naheher stayed in the game, even if it looked like the substitute keeper Franch would be ready to step in at some point. The game has resumed, but we’re going to get a lot of extra time.
20th minute: US goalkeeper Naeher comes off her line to grab a Jessie Fleming Intersection and she injures herself falling down. Sauerbrunn clears the dangers, but Nahe is down and it doesn’t look good for the right leg. Backup keeper Adrianna Franch warms up.
18th minute: As soon as the Canadians capture the ball, they go straight on goal and look for the nimble Nichelle Prince. You deserve another corner from the right. And finally a Janine Beckie corner is cleared again.
16. Min .: Good route here for Canada. A cross from Canada’s Beckie is cleared by Tierna Davidson for a Canada corner headed away.
14.Min .: USWNT goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher touches the ball after a Nichelle Prince touch. A short time later, Prince went down in the penalty area, but it was a clean duel from US defender Becky Sauerbrunn.
12.Min .: Canada’s Janine Beckie gives the ball away in midfield. If Canada is to have a chance, they have to take better care of the ball.
10th minute: The USWNT is still on the forefoot. The latest move ends with a cross from Alex Morgan that can easily be stopped by goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe.
4th min .: Ashley Lawrence rams Lindsey Horan in the back and the American midfielder is shaken. She is recovering, but nothing came of the set piece.
1st minute: We are away. Canada kick us out.
3:45 am: Ashley Lawrence is arguably the most influential player in the Canadian squad. Milestone moment for her:
3:40 am: Hype video to get the adrenaline pumping early in the morning:
3:24 am: Ah yes, this 2012 semi-final that no fan who has seen it will ever forget. The 4-3 final ended in extra time:
6 current USWNT players were in the 2012 Olympic semifinals against Canada:
4 Current CanWNT:
A lot has happened in 9 years, but none of these 10 players will forget this game.
– Vaxwell Smart (enGen_Yenter) July 30, 2021
3:21 am: Another early start, but this one promises to be worth it:
USWNT vs. Canada starting grid
US head coach Vlatko Andonovski there Lynn Williams another start as a winger after scoring a goal and assist against the Netherlands. But the most surprising move could be this regular center-back Abby Dahlkemper , who had some weak defensive moments in the group stage, is not even in the squad for the day.
For Canada, head coach Bev Priestman remains loyal to the squad that made it to the quarter-finals on penalties against Brazil. Vanessa Gilles , who had a sensational game against the Brazilians, reserves their center-back Shelina Zadorsky , and Allysha Chapman returns as a left defender despite logging difficult minutes into overtime three days ago.
MORE: Lineup of the US Olympic teams
Starting grid (4-3-3, from left to right): 1-Alyssa Naeher – 2-Crystal Dunn, 12-Tierna Davidson, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara – 9-Lindsey Horan, 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle – 21-Lynn Williams, 13-Alex Morgan, 7-Tobin Heath
Substitute: 18-Adrianna Franch-GK, 14-Emily Sonnett, 20-Casey Krueger, 3-Samantha Mewis, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 11-Christen Press, 10-Carli Lloyd
Sit out: 22-Jane Campbell-GK, 17-Abby Dahlkemper, 6-Kristie Mewis, 19-Catarina Macario
Starters (4-4-2, from left to right): 1-Stephanie Labbe-GK – 2-Allysha Chapman, 14 Vanessa Gilles, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 10-Ashley Lawrence – 5-Quinn, 11-Desiree Scott, 12-Christine Sinclair, 17-Jessie Fleming – 16-Janine Beckie, 15-Nichelle Prince
Substitute: 18-Kailen Sheridan-GK, 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 21-Gabrielle Carle, 7-Julia Grosso, 9-Adriana Leon, 6-Deanne Rose, 19-Jordyn Huitema
Sit out: 22-Erin McLeod-GK, 8-Jayde Riviere, 20-Sophie Schmidt, 13-Evelyne Viens
This is how you watch the Olympic semi-finals between the USA and Canada
- Date: Monday 2nd August
- Time: 4 p.m. ET
- TV channel: USA network
- Spanish speaking television: Telemundo
- Stream: fuboTV, NBCOlympics.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, NBC Sports App and Telemundo Deportes App (with user authentication)
- Canada Streaming: CBC approx
USA vs. Canada will air live on USA Network and Telemundo at 4 a.m. ET. Both networks can be streamed in the USA on fuboTV (free 7-day trial version).
All Olympic soccer games are also streamed in the US on NBCOlympics.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, the NBC Sports App and the Telemundo Deportes App – all with user authentication.
The game will be broadcast live in Canada on CBC.ca.