February 19, 2013
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Canadian women to host USA in Toronto on June 2
In their first game since that epic Olympic semifinal encounter at the 2012 London Summer Games, Canada will host the United States women in an international friendly at BMO Field in Toronto on Sunday, June 2.
|Abby Wambach and her USA teammates will get another chance against their North American rivals, Canada, on June 2.
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Well, that's if you can call any game between the two North American neighbors a friendly after what transpired in Manchester, England last August.
The U.S. three times overcame a one-goal deficit to register a dramatic 4-3 triumph that boosted the Americans into the gold medal match and moved the Canadians into the bronze-medal game. That semifinal was laced with plenty of controversy, including the U.S. being awarded a free kick outside that resulted in the equalizing goal. In extratime, Alex Morgan scored the game-winner three minutes into stoppage time to climax one of the most memorable, if the most unforgettable women's matchup in international soccer history.
Canadian players protested the game officiating and striker and captain Christine Sinclair was slapped with a four-game suspension and a $3,500 for criticizing referee Christina Pedersen after the match. The U.S. went on to win the gold medal and Canada earned the bronze meal
Sinclair will have served her suspension by une 2 so, barring injuries the game will feature the two active internatonal goal-scorers in Abby Wambach (153 goals) and Sinclair (143). They trail only the retired Mia Hamm on the all-time goal-scoring list.
The June 2 encounter will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET and will be shown love on an ESPN network, although the exact one was not specified in Tuesday's announcement.
The U.S. is 44-3-5 vs. Canada and the Americans haven't lost to their neighbors since March 2001. The Americans are 4-0-1 in Canada.
"High quality matches on foreign soil are always tremendous challenges and are excellent environments for our team to grow," said U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni said in a statement. "Surely the USA-Canada match will be filled with emotion and these are the type of games our players very much look forward to."
Tickets for the Canada match will go on sale via Ticketmaster on March 22. Special rates for groups of 10 or more will also be available. Those interested in receiving more details on tickets for the match, as well as on-sale reminders, are invited to sign up on canadasoccer.com.
The U.S. team is preparing to depart for the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal where it will face Iceland, China PR and Sweden in Group play in early March. The USA will also play Germany in a previously announced match on April 5 in Offenbach just outside of Frankfurt.