Morgan, Naeher help USWNT play Canada to 1-1 tie in friendly
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Alex Morgan scored and Alyssa Naeher had a late stop to help the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 1-1 draw with Canada on Thursday night.
The U.S. had won six in a row since a 1-0 loss to Australia on July 27 and is 47-3-7 all-time against Canada.
Morgan opened the scoring in the 31st minute. Canada failed to clear an entry by the U.S. and Morgan split three defenders then, from near the spot, and rolled it past Stephanie Labbe into the corner of the net.
Adriana Leon tapped in a goal, after two missed chances by Rebecca Quinn, in the 57th to tie it. After a corner kick by Janine Beckie, Quinn’s header was blocked and then her shot from the center of the box ricocheted off the crossbar. Christine Sinclair’s cross of the rebound set up Leon for the finish from point-blank range .
Maegan Kelly came on for Canada in the 71st minute and had two chances in the waning minutes, firing a shot directly at Naeher in the 82nd and then, a couple minutes later, Naeher deflected a high shot off the far post to preserve the win.
Canada hasn’t beaten the U.S. since 2001.
The teams will play again Sunday in San Jose, California.