SheBelieves Cup: Brazil shut down Canada; USWNT beat Argentina to win cup

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Courtesy of Orlando Pride

The final day of the SheBelieves cup saw the USWNT finish out the tournament on top, with Brazil finishing second, Canada third and Argentina fourth.

In the early match, Brazil scored twice in the first half and held on defensively for a 2-0 win over Canada, while the US handily took care of Argentina 6-0.


Brazil beat Canada, take second in standings

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With a shift of changes from the Canadian side, Brazil struck twice in the first half, thanks to Debinha and Julia. Canada had a multitude of chances to score, with former Orlando Pride defender Shelina Zadorsky having the best of the bunch, but they could not break past Barbara and the Brazil defense. With the result, Brazil finished behind the US in the cup standings, while Canada finished third.


USWNT dominate Argentina 6-0; take home the SheBelieves Cup for 2nd straight year

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Courtesy of US Soccer

With a number of new starters, the U.S. Women’s National team came out of the gate firing early and often. Taking on a team in Argentina that was mentally and physically drained from their previous matches, it was a bit of an unfair matchup taking on the best team in the world. Megan Rapinoe opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a tidy finish, then tucked away her brace ten minutes later.

Carli Lloyd, who assisted on Rapinoe’s second goal, scored one of her own thanks to a Kristie Mewis assist in the 35th minute. Mewis then went on to score a goal of her own just six minutes later, one that was one of the best of the match. That fourth goal from the US sent them into halftime with a commanding lead, one that assured the trophy stays with the US.

The scoring slowed for most of the second half, but picked up in the final 10 minutes. Orlando Pride’s own Alex Morgan, who hadn’t scored an international goal since the 2019 World Cup vs England, notched her first goal in over 500 days in the 84th minute. That goal moved her past USWNT legend and UCF alumni Michelle Akers for 5th all-time in US goals with 108. She now trails Carli Lloyd, Kristine Lilly, Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach on the list.

The final cherry on top for the US was a late goal scored by Christen Press in the 88th minute, wrapping up a 6-0 victory and another trophy for Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski

“It’s always hard to play with a team that the sits low, it’s hard to break them down and it’s hard to do it quick,” Andonovski said after the match. “So for us, it takes a little bit of time to figure out the the angles, to figure out the areas, to figure out the positions and how we can do it. That was the one thing that we’re looking at how quick can we do it, who can who can figure that out and how we can unlock a team. So the understanding of our principles, the implementation of our principles and the execution individually as a group, as a unit, and as a team is what we’re looking for. Overall very happy with how we performed and how we were able to unlock Argentina, early in the game, and how we finish the game as well.”


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