It promises to be another compelling matchup between two teams that don’t like each other: The U.S. women’s national team will look to make it to another gold medal match when it faces a Canada team that is hoping to overcome the semifinal hurdle for the first time after bronze medal finishes in 2008 and 2012.
Canada is eager to change the color of the medal, especially since this could be the final Olympics for 38-year-old legend Christine Sinclair, who has the most international goals of any player ever, man or woman. The only issue is that the Canadians have defeated the USA in 20 years.
The No. 8-ranked Canadians are known for being tough to break down defensively, and a USWNT that has experienced its struggles in this tournament (1-1-2 record) could have its work cut out for it.
These two teams have met twice before in Olympic knockout scenarios and they both were extra-time affairs with the USA emerging as winner each time. The most recent instance came in the London 2012 Olympic semifinals, where the USA’s Alex Morgan scored the latest goal in Olympics history to secure a wild 4-3 win for the Americans.
USWNT vs. Canada live score
(All times Eastern)
58th min.: It’s been all USA to start this half, especially down the left side with Crystal Dunn joining the attacks. But the American women can’t translate the pressure into dangerous chances. Triple substitution coming to liven things up for the USA.
52nd min.: Chance for USA! Heel flick by Heath to Williams but her shot is over the bar. Best attack by the USA thus far.
49th min.: Chaos in the Canada box, but the ball is eventually cleared.
46th min.: We’re underway, and the USA has come out aggressive to start the half.
Halftime: USA 0, Canada 0
Halftime: We knew this would be a defensive struggle, but no shots on goal in the game so far is a surprise. There were litereally no highlights. Canada was defending deep to start, but it grew into the game and had a few corner kicks it couldn’t take advantage of. But there’s a sense the Canadians can spring into an attack at any moment. The USWNT, which lost goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher to injury, has been sloppy at times and hasn’t had great ideas around the box. Lynn Williams has rarely been involved. Canada looks like it can potentially punish the USA on a turnover.
USWNT 0-0 Canada
Shots (OT): 7(0) – 3(0)
Possession: 49 – 51
Duels won %: 47 – 53
Aerial duels won %: 50 – 50
Total passes: 194 – 209
Passing accuracy: 78 – 75
Passing accuracy opp half: 62 – 62
Tackles won %: 45 – 65
Fouls: 2 – 3
— NWSL Analitica (@NwslAnalitica) August 2, 2021
51st+ min.: Strong end to the half by USWNT, but it’s going to have to improve significantly in the second half to advance.
46th+ min.: The USWNT keeps trying to work the ball in the attacking half and this play ends with a cross once again headed off target by Alex Morgan.
40th min.: A Kelley O’Hara cross is headed off target by Alex Morgan in the box, but her jersey was being pulled on the play.
37th min.: Davidson has to concede another corner to Canada, its fifth of the half, but that was wasted by Canada’s Beckie, who’s not had good deliveries into the box.
32nd min.: Tierna Davidson whiffs on a ball into the box and it turns into a corner. Meanwhile, Kelley O’Hara is booked for a foul on Nichelle Prince.
29th min.: SUB – Naeher goes down again after taking a goal kick and that knee has her in pain. She signals she can’t continue, so AD Franch comes in.
26th min.: After a long wait, Naeher is staying in the game even if it looked like the backup ‘keeper Franch was ready to come in at one point. Play has resumed, but we’ll get a good deal of stoppage time.
20th min.: U.S. ‘keeper Naeher comes off her line to grab a Jessie Fleming cross and she hurt herself as she came down. Sauerbrunn clears the dangers, but Naeher is down and it doesn’t look good for that right leg. Backup ‘keeper Adrianna Franch is warming up.
18th min.: As soon as the Canadians win the ball, they go straight at goal and look for the speedy Nichelle Prince. They earn another corner from the right. And again, a Janine Beckie corner is eventually cleared.
16th min.: Good stretch here for Canada. A cross by Canada’s Beckie is cleared by Tierna Davidson for a Canada corner, which was headed away.
14th min.: USWNT goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher touches the ball after a Nichelle Prince touch. Moments later Prince goes down in the box, but it’s a clean tackle by U.S. defender Becky Sauerbrunn.
12th min.: Canada’s Janine Beckie gives the ball away in midfield. If Canada is going to have a chance, it will need to do a better job of taking care of the ball.
10th min.: The USWNT continues to be on the front foot. The latest action ends with an Alex Morgan cross that’s easily stopped by goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe.
4th min.: Ashley Lawrence rams into the back of Lindsey Horan and the American midfielder is shaken up. She recovers, but nothing came of the set piece.
1st min.: We’re off. Canada kicks us off.
3:45 a.m.: Ashley Lawrence is arguably the most influential player on the Canada roster. Milestone moment for her:
3:40 a.m.: Hype video to get the adrenaline going in the wee hours:
3:24 a.m.: Ah yes, that 2012 semifinal that no fan who watched it will ever forget. It finished 4-3 final in extra time:
6 current USWNT players were in *that* Olympic semi-final against Canada in 2012:
4 Current CanWNT:
A lot has happened in 9 years, but none of those 10 players will forget that game.
— Vaxwell Smart (@Gen_Yenter) July 30, 2021
3:21 a.m.: Another early start, but this one promises to be worth it:
USWNT vs. Canada starting lineups
U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski gives Lynn Williams another start at winger after she registered a goal and assist against the Netherlands. But the most surprising move might be that regular center back Abby Dahlkemper , who had a handful of poor defensive moments in the group stage, isn’t even in the matchday squad.
For Canada, head coach Bev Priestman is sticking with the squad that got it done against Brazil in a quarterfinal penalty-kick shootout. Vanessa Gilles , who had a sensational match against the Brazilians, retains her center back spot ahead of Shelina Zadorsky , and Allysha Chapman returns at left back despite logging heavy minutes into extra time three days ago.
Starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Alyssa Naeher — 2-Crystal Dunn, 12-Tierna Davidson, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara — 9-Lindsey Horan, 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle — 21-Lynn Williams, 13-Alex Morgan, 7-Tobin Heath
Substitutes: 18-Adrianna Franch-GK, 14-Emily Sonnett, 20-Casey Krueger, 3-Samantha Mewis, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 11-Christen Press, 10-Carli Lloyd
Sitting out: 22-Jane Campbell-GK, 17-Abby Dahlkemper, 6-Kristie Mewis, 19-Catarina Macario
Starters (4-4-2, left to right): 1-Stephanie Labbe-GK — 2-Allysha Chapman, 14 Vanessa Gilles, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 10-Ashley Lawrence — 5-Quinn, 11-Desiree Scott, 12-Christine Sinclair, 17-Jessie Fleming — 16-Janine Beckie, 15-Nichelle Prince
Substitutes: 18-Kailen Sheridan-GK, 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 21-Gabrielle Carle, 7-Julia Grosso, 9-Adriana Leon, 6-Deanne Rose, 19-Jordyn Huitema
Sitting out: 22-Erin McLeod-GK, 8-Jayde Riviere, 20-Sophie Schmidt, 13-Evelyne Viens
How to watch USA vs. Canada Olympic semifinal
- Date: Monday, August 2
- Time: 4 a.m. ET
- TV channels: USA Network
- Spanish-language TV: Telemundo
- Streaming: fuboTV , NBCOlympics.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, NBC Sports app and Telemundo Deportes app (with user authentication)
- Canada streaming: CBC.ca
USA vs. Canada will air live on USA Network and Telemundo at 4 a.m. ET. Both networks are available to be streamed in the USA on fuboTV (free 7-day trial) .
All Olympic soccer matches are also streamed in the U.S. on NBCOlympics.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, NBC Sports app and the Telemundo Deportes app — all with user authentication.
The match will be streamed in Canada on live broadcast on CBC.ca.