Canada's Christine Sinclair (left) looks to get past Becky Sauerbrunn of the United States during their international friendly on May 8, 2014, in Winnipeg. (Photo: CanadaSoccer/Douglas Portz)
WINNIPEG, Canada -- Sydney Leroux scored in the 78th minute to give the United States a 1-1 draw against host Canada in a women’s international friendly on Thursday in front of 28,255 fans at Investors Group Field.
With that result, the U.S. extended its unbeaten streak against Canada to 30 games (25-5-0) dating back to 2001.
The host took a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute, when a downward header by Kadeisha Buchanan found the back of the net off a right-sided corner kick by Diana Matheson. The impressive 18-year-old defender battled the USA’s Abby Wambach and Ali Krieger at the edge of the six-yard box to connect with the ball and score her first international goal.
Just seven minutes into the game, the Americans nearly got on the scoreboard. Heather O'Reilly received a pass on the right, cut towards the middle of the box and uncorked a left-footed effort from 14-yards out that goalkeeper Erin McLeod tipped over the crossbar.
As the time wound down in the second half, the visitors found a way to get a result through the Vancouver-born Leroux. The sequence started with Becky Sauerbrunn finding Crystal Dunn on the right side. Dunn’s subsequent cross was inadvertently backheaded towards the left post by Canada defender Rebecca Quinn, allowing an unmarked Leroux to beat McLeod with a right-footed shot from seven yards.
It was the 24-year-old’s team-leading sixth goal of 2014 and the 30th of her career.
NOTES: Lauren Holiday, who made her international debut in 2007, became the 30th U.S. woman to earn 100 career caps.