The long-running women’s soccer rivalry between Canada and the United States resulted in another memorable clash on Monday night.
The Americans won this Concacaf Women’s Championship final 1-0 thanks to a penalty kick, avenging Canada’s victory under similar circumstances in the semi-finals at Tokyo 2020.
The tournament served as a qualifier for both the next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup and Paris 2024. Canada qualified for the World Cup as they finished in the top four teams, but only the United States won the tournament to secure a place at the next Olympics.
Canada will have another chance to qualify for Paris when they take on Jamaica in September 2023. Jamaica beat Costa Rica to finish third in the tournament on Monday.
a hotly contested final
The Canadians and Americans entered this final with similar records: 12 goals scored in four games with four wins and no goals allowed. Canada was calm and in control for most of their last four matches.
But this time, against the world’s No. 1 ranked Americans, it was a completely different scenario.