Captain Christine Sinclair and fellow veterans Diana Matheson, Sophie Schmidt and goalkeeper Erin McLeod dropped out of the starting 11. The foursome have 666 caps and 194 goals — not to mention a few miles — between them. Herdman also moved 16-year-old Deanne Rose to the bench as he continued his roster rotation.
After a scoreless first half, the U.S. went ahead in the 53rd. Captain Becky Sauerbrunn, celebrating her 100th cap by carving open the Canadian defence with her accurate passing, sent a ball into the box that goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe came out for but was beaten by Horan, who headed it in. Defender Kadeisha Buchanan slipped on the play.
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