Rodriguez goal lifts USWNT to victory over Canada in send-off match

Rodriguez goal lifts USWNT to victory over Canada in send-off match

U.S. Women's National Team

Rodriguez goal lifts USWNT to victory over Canada in send-off match

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The U.S. women's national team will be heading into the 2012 Olympics in winning fashion.

The United States defeated Canada, 2-1, in their send-off match at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday afternoon courtesy of an 85th-minute goal from Amy Rodriguez. The winner came on a rebound after Abby Wambach's back-heel shot was saved by Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod.

The Americans jumped out in front in the 15th minute of the game played before 16,805 fans due to an own goal from Carmelina Moscato. Canada pulled level when substitute Melissa Tancredi beat Hope Solo in the 57th minute, but the United States was able to secure the victory after Rodriguez's rebounded finish from close range.

It was not all good news for the United States, however. Alex Morgan suffered a leg injury in the match and had to be removed in the 50th minute.

The United States now will have nine days off before heading to the United Kingdom. The Americans open their Olympic campaign with a match against France on July 25 in Glasglow.

What do you think of the USWNT's 2-1 win over Canada? Who impressed you? Do you see this team winning gold in London?

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