EDINBURG, Texas -- Two-time champion Canada aims for its second consecutive win as it faces Cuba in both teams' second Group B match at the 2018 concacaf Women's Championship at H-E-B Park on Monday night.
The Maple Leafs can take a big step toward reaching the semifinals with a victory after their 2-0 result over Jamaica on Friday night. Nichelle Prince paced Canada with a brace.
The Cubans are coming off an 8-0 loss to Costa Rica in its CWC debut that night and will try to win its first game against a team it has never played.
The Caribbean side will pin its attacking hopes on a fleet front line that includes Yennifer Ramos, who took a team-high three shots against Costa Rica, and Maria Perez, who was the squad's top goal-scorer during qualifying with nine.
“We’re not taking any team for granted," Canada defender Shelina Zadorsky said. “We’re looking forward to the next challenge.”
While she did not find the net against the Jamaicans, veteran Christine Sinclair, who is second among international goal-scorers (173), played a leading role for the Canadian offense in that game.
Costa Rica meets Jamaica in the first game of the doubleheader.
Group B concludes on Thursday night, with the top two teams qualifying for the knockout stages in Frisco, Texas on October 14-17.