FRISCO, Texas -- Entering the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship final against Canada at Toyota Stadium on Thursday night, the United States finds itself with many scoring options.
In fact, 10 players have found the back of the net in the opening four games as the reigning FIFA Women's World Cup championships have outscored their foes, 24-0.
“This whole tournament we’ve been able to score a lot of different ways and get a lot of players in on goal,” said striker Alex Morgan, who is tied for the tournament goal-scoring lead with Canada's Adriana Leon with six goals apiece. “The diversity and the way we’re scoring – I don’t think we’ve ever had this many different players on the score sheet in a tournament.”
Tobin Heath has tallied four times, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe have three goals apiece while Julie Ertz and Rose Lavelle have two each. Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Sam Mewis and Christen Press have added one goal apiece.
“Now, how we’re clicking at this moment, is a special time for us,” Heath stated.
By winning their semifinal matches, both teams have qualified for the 2019 world championship. So, this match is more for pride.
The Americans, who enter with a 24-game unbeaten streak (21W-3D-0L), have plenty of incentive because they want to keep their No. 1 ranking in the world, so they can be one of the six seeded teams at the Women's World Cup draw on December 8.
“We’re looking forward to playing them,” Heath said of Canada. “It’s always a great rivalry and it will be a good test for us to see where we are against a better opponent.”