Manchester City’s Rose Lavelle came off the bench to score the winning goal as the United States defeated Canada 1-0 in their opening game of their SheBelieves Cup campaign in the early hours of this morning.
This year’s tournament sees The Stars and Stripes take on Canada, Brazil and Argentina as they look to retain the SheBelieves Cup for a second consecutive year.
United States head coach Vlatko Andonovski started the match against Bev Preistman’s Canada with just the one Barclays FA Women’s Super League player in his XI, that player being Manchester City’s January transfer window signing Abby Dahlkemper.
The defender’s City teammate Lavelle and Christen Press of Manchester United were both named on the bench.
Andonovski’s side had plenty of the ball during the opening period but they could not find a way beyond visiting keeper Stephanie Labbe who was introduced as an early replacement for Kailen Sheridan. Carli Lloyd went closest but her effort from distance was parried to safety by Labbe.
The second half again saw the United States push hard for the game’s opening goal but they continued to be left frustrated.
Just after the hour mark, head coach Andonovski made a triple substitution, bringing on Lavelle, Press and Alex Morgan in a bid to find that decisive goal. Those changes finally paid off 11 minutes from time when Canada failed to clear the ball from a free-kick and Lavelle fired home.
The victory leaves the United States in second place in the group behind Brazil who defeated Argentina 4-1 in their first game last night.