Canada won its third women’s international soccer tournament of the 2010 season, this time the Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo in Brazil. In the championship final, Canada extended its unbeaten streak to 10 matches with a 2:2 draw against the host. Both Canada and Brazil finished the tournament with two wins and two draws, but Canada lifted the trophy on account of the greater goal differential in four matches.
Back: Marie-Eve Nault, Candace Chapman, Stephanie Labbé, Kaylyn Kyle, Melissa Tancredi, Josée Bélanger
Front: Christine Sinclair, Diana Matheson, Emily Zurrer, Carmelina Moscato, Rhian Wilkinson
Not pictured/Subs: Robyn Gayle '74th (Chapman) and Chelsea Stewart '85th minute (Tancredi).
It was Canadian captain Christine Sinclair (♥) who made the difference once again. This time down to 10 players following an ejection and a 2-1 Brazil lead on a Marta penalty goal, Sinclair scored less than 10 minutes from the final whistle to secure the point and capture the championship.
It marks the third-straight championship match - for club and country - in which Sinclair has scored the decisive goal. She scored the winner in the WPS championship final in September (FC Gold Pride), the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifier final in November (where Canada qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup), and the Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo in December. Sinclair was also part of Canada’s Cyprus Cup championship team in March.
'I thought I would hit it as hard as I could and it went in,' said Sinclair. 'It just came back to me perfectly, (the ball was) set it up nicely for a one-time shot.'
In the other match on Sunday 19 December, Netherlands defeated Mexico for the second-straight match, this time a 2:1 victory. The final standings were Canada, Brazil, Netherlands and Mexico. Marta was the top scorer of the tournament with six goals (two in the final) while Sinclair was second with four goals.
Canada, whose title sponsor is Winners and presenting sponsor is Teck, tied a national record with its 10th straight match without a loss (8 wins and 2 draws since the 3:1 victory over China PR at BMO Field on 30 September). The team finished the 2010 season with its best statistical season ever: 13 wins, three draws and just two losses.
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(The roster at the tournament)
1) 3 wins, three draws and two losses.
2) 11 clean sheets, including a string of eight in a row.
3) 38 goals for, 13 against.
4) Three championship trophies: the Gold Cup, the Cyprus Cup and today's Torneio Internacional Cidade de Sao Paulo.
Long time supporters of the women's team agree that this is such an amazing turnaround under their new manager Carolina Morace. Off topic, but reading up on her, she just comes off as an amazing individual. 153 caps for the Azzurre, 550 goals in her career, previous coach of the Italy WNT and the first woman to coach a professional men's football team in Europe. (sadly it didn't work out) I can't wait to see how the team does next year under her guidance.
Pictorial recap of the Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo
Since my usual image haunts (daylife/zimbio/getty images) were being silly and did not have any images from this tournament I had to resort to flickr. (Thank you Sport Promotion) I didn't post everything though.
Canada vs Netherlands
Brazil vs Mexico
Canada vs. Mexico
Brazil vs. Canada
Netherlands vs. Mexico
I had to combined both games into one section.
Brazil vs. Canada Final
The 8:41 mark, Sinclair ♥