The top-ranked U.S. women’s national soccer team capped the 2017 schedule Sunday with a 3-1 victory over fifth-ranked Canada at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. Julie Ertz scored in the first half, Alex Morgan broke a tie early in the second and Carli Lloyd added her 98th international goal five minutes after entering as the Americans finished the year on an eight-match unbeaten streak (7-0-1) and with a 12-3-1 mark overall.
In two sold-out friendlies over four days, the neighboring rivals played in front of some 47,000 spectators overall in Vancouver and San Jose. The Americans are now 48-3-7 against Canada since first meeting 31 years ago.
Both teams will turn attention next year to qualifying for the 2019 World Cup. The eight-team CONCACAF tournament, to take place next fall at a venue to be announced, will include the United States, Canada, Mexico and five teams that must go through pre-qualifying competitions in Central America and the Caribbean. Three nations will qualify for the World Cup in France.
Janine Beckie’s equalizer for Canada:
U.S. lineup: Naeher; Smith (Short 66th), Dahlkemper, Sauerbrunn, O’Hara; Mewis (Lloyd 75th), Ertz (Sullivan 75th), Horan; Press (Williams 82nd), Morgan, Rapinoe.
Did not play: Harris, Sonnett, Long.
Not in uniform: Campbell, Franch, Ubogagu, Huerta.