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By DAN KARELL
After last year’s controversial Olympics semi-final thriller which saw the U.S. Women’s National Team edge their Canadian counterparts, 4-3, after extra time, the Canadians were out for revenge.
Unfortunately for them, last year’s hero Alex Morgan had something to say about that.
The U.S. forward scored two goals in three minutes on Sunday and again was a sharp thorn in the side of the Canadians, leading the U.S. to a 3-0 victory over their northern rivals at BMO Field in Toronto. It’s the American’s fifth successive win over Canada, stretching back to September of 2011.
Following a scoreless first half, Wambach came closest to putting the U.S. on the board in the 55th minute, when she sendt a header off a Lauren Cheney corner kick screaming towards goal, but was blocked and cleared off the line by Canadian defender Kadeisha Buchanan.
In the 70th minute, Morgan provided the breakthrough, skinning her defender Emily Zurrer on the left flank and finishing into the far corner past Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod. Two minutes later, Morgan was at it again, finishing a nearly identical goal, though this time on a breakaway.
In the 90th minute, Vancouver native Sydney Leroux broke through the defense and rounded McLeod to put the U.S. up 3-0, scoring against her country of birth and making a strong statement to go with it.
The USWNT next play two friendly matches on June 15 and June 20 against South Korea, the first at Gillette Stadium and the second at Red Bull Arena.