USA have completed their first matches since the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, collecting a win and draw in their home series against Canada.
An Abby Wambach double lifted USA to 3-0 victory in their second outing of the two-match series on Thursday, following a 1-1 draw five days earlier.
Canada, under new coach John Herdman, held the home side in Portland until Wambach struck with a second-half double, while fellow striker Alex Morgan iced the cake in injury time.
USA had the better of proceedings for large periods of the match in front of over 18,000 spectators and former University of Portland star Megan Rapinoe, continuing her fine form from Germany 2011, was twice denied by the frame of the goal
Wambach’s double lifted her to 125 goals in the international arena, just five short of Kristine Lilly, but still 33 behind all-time USA record-holder Mia Hamm.
It was a different scenario in Kansas last Saturday as the pair shared the spoils in a hard-fought contest. Wambach buried a penalty kick after ten minutes, while Canada forward Melissa Tancredi equalised just before half-time.
Canada had a chance to end USA’s long unbeaten home run, now sitting at 54 matches, in the dying seconds but Lauren Sesselmann ballooned a close range chance over the goal after a defensive error.
“The main thing is to have courage to have the patience and this will result in goals, but I am very happy about the performance and I think it is the beginning of something unique,” said USA coach Pia Sundhage after the second match.
Both teams will now focus their attention on the 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament qualifiers in Vancouver, Canada, 19-29 January.