After a loss to Sweden in the Four Nations Tournament, the USA came back strong against Canada winning 2-1, and then finished it off with a win against China by a score of 2-0. The USA and Canada were tied for first place in the end, but the first tie-breaker was the head-to-head result, and since the USA defeated Canada, they took the title.
Canada played their last game of the Four Nations Tournament against Sweden. Canadian Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe, who plays for Swedish club Pitea IF, started in goal for this match. In the first half, Canada was the more dominant team, keeping Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl busy, and earning 5 corner kicks. Labbe also came up with some big saves fro Canada to earn the shutout.
The goal came in the 32nd minute when Lindahl’s drop kick was headed back towards her by Emily Zurrer. Three defenders ran back but Christine Sinclair beat them to the ball, and got her shot into the back of the net.
Neither team could score in the second half, despite their many attacks, and the score ended 1-0 in favor of the Canadians. At this point, Canada was in first place, but had to wait for the China-USA result.
The US game kicked off about an hour after Canada defeated Sweden. Determined to prove to the world that they can still win, the US took on China with everything to play for. They needed to score two goals to win, and they did just that.
The first goal came off Carli Lloyd’s foot in the 31st minute. The US earned a corner kick and Lloyd played it short to Amy Rodriguez. She then passed it back t Lloyd who got past a defender and drilled a low near post shot t make it 1-0.
The US scored the second goal in the second half to clinch the title. Tobin Heath played a long ball to Rodriguez behind the Chinese defense. Rodriguez took off and left everyone behind, then shot the ball past the hesitant goalkeeper to make it 2-0.
With that, the USA won the Four Nations Tournament for the ninth time.