2020 Olympic soccer tournaments – women – news – USA retains Tokyo soccer championship title


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  • The United States of America kept the Shebelieves Cup an exemplary record
  • Several new players were given a chance during the six-day tournament
  • The United States, along with Brazil and Canada, is preparing for the Tokyo Olympics

For the fourth time in six iterations of the SheBelieves Cup, the USA concluded Wednesday at the top of the four-nation tournament. And for the third time, the annual hosts have done so on a perfect record.

Not that the world champions faced all the pressure they could in matches against second-placed Brazil, and especially Canada, where all three were designed for the Olympic soccer tournament in July Tokyo 2020. Argentina – which replaced Japan a month ago in Championship-Based Orlando – It’s been a harder time, but they stand to benefit greatly from the opportunity to face three of the top ten competitors.

2021 SheBelieves Cup result

Brazil 4-1 Argentina
United States 1-0 Canada
United States 2-0 Brazil
Argentina 0-1 Canada
Canada 0-2 Brazil
United States 6-0 Argentina

Rose continues to thrive

Rose Lavelle, one of the superstars of FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, and continued to grow into a world-class midfield player. Lavelle finished ahead of teammate Christine Bryce and the Brazilian duo Adriana and Debenha, to be named player of the tournament.

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Less well-known names were a feature of all four teams, including the world champions, who put in five players with five fewer international matches. Among the notable calls was FIFA U-20 World Cup 2018 star Sophie Smith. Despite the abundance of new faces throughout the tournament, it was veteran Megan Rapinoe who was the top scorer with three goals.

New Canucks chapter

Canada coach Bev Priestman finally made her debut in the role nearly six months after her hiring. It had a tough start with many of the major players – including the world’s greatest international goal-scorer Christine Sinclair – unavailable for various reasons. A new name sure made an impression although 21-year-old midfielder Sarah Stratijakis picked the perfect time to score her first goal with the stoppage-time winner against Argentina.

Brasil Pia started singing

Respected Brazilian coach Pia Sundaj, hired in 2019, appears to be stabilizing as Canarinha returns to her old rhythm after a few years of instability. Victories over Argentina and Canada were limited to either side of the defeat against the USA, with the Stars and Stripes team needing goals at either end of the competition to finally beat South America.

Reward heroes

American football made 600 tickets available for local frontline health workers to the final round of matches as a show of appreciation for their important work over the past year. Alitihad also honored healthcare and frontline workers with a special moment on the field during the match.

Baby talk

Suddenly the kids became part of the conversation with the ranks of the stars and stripes. Alex Morgan scored her 108th goal for the USA, but it was her first as a mother after her recent return to the field. Meanwhile, local Orlando residents and regulars Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger missed their first championship since they became parents together recently.

Chase the glory of Tokyo

Tokyo will be an opportunity for the United States to relinquish its disappointment at the 2016 Olympics when four-time gold medal winners were eliminated in the quarter-finals. Canada has won bronze in each of the past two tournaments – twice overtaking silver medalist Brazil in the most recent edition.

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