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The U.S. avenged their Olympic semi-final loss to the Canadian women’s soccer team by downing their Northern neighbours 1-0 in the CONCACAF title game Monday in Monterrey, Mexico.

Monday’s game was the first meeting between the North American rivals since the Tokyo Olympics on Aug. 2, 2021, when Canada beat the U.S. 1-0 on a late penalty kick by Jessie Fleming.

This time around the U.S. were given the late game-changing call.

The Americans were pressing their neighbours to the North in the second half and it paid off when referee Katia Garcia of Mexico gave Rose Lavelle the penalty call after being put down in the box by Canadian Allysha Chapman. U.S. veteran Alex Morgan took the penalty shot and beat Kailen Sheridan with just 12 minutes left in the match.

The penalty goal was the first score the Canadian women’s soccer team had given up in five games at the 8-team tournament.

Canadian Women’s Skipper Unimpressed

Canadian head coach Bev Priestman called the ruling a “soft penalty” and didn’t think her team played at their best.

“Do I think it was our best performance against a Tier 1 team? No,” she said post-game. “But that’s what finals are about. These things happen. The most important thing for us is that we keep moving forward. And I’ll say that to the group. I’m incredibly proud of them.”

Canadian Can Still Qualify For Olympics

The Canadian women’s soccer team can still qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics but will have to wait until September of 2023 when they take on Jamaica in a CONCACAF Olympic play-in series, with the winner punching tickets to the Olympics and the Gold Cup. The Red & Whites easily beat Jamaica 3-0 in the semi-final of the CONCACAF tournament.

“The group threw everything at it, right until the very end,” said Priestman. “We’ll have to take motivation from this loss as we get ready for the World Cup.”

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By K.A.