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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old December 20th, 2010, 03:19 Thread Starter
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Canada wins four-nation tournament in Brazil

Canada won its third women’s international soccer tournament of the 2010 season, this time the four-nation 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.

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 also scored the winner in the WPS championship final in September (FC Gold Pride), and in the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifier final in November (where Canada qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup)….'

In the other match on Sunday 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, Brazil, and Mexico have all qualified for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany next summer.
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Mexico's poor showing in this tournament underscores how lucky they were to beat out the USA for the second automatic qualifying spot from CONCACAF in the World Cup (USA had to qualify in a series of consolation matches, and ended up being the last of the 16 World Cup finalists to qualify).
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Bring on Germany!!
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Richard Starnes writes, in the Ottawa Citizen:

Canada was a player down and losing 2-1 to Brazil, the world's third-ranked women's team, in the final of the four-country Sao Paulo International tournament. That was the moment Christine Sinclair chose to strike quite possibly the best goal of 2010: anywhere, any team, man or woman.

She picked up a short pass from Diana Matheson outside the penalty box, wide right, took two strides and struck with her weaker left foot. She was probably 25 yards out. The ball screamed across the goal, struck the inside of the far post and went into the net. The goalkeeper was helpless.

I like to think of that Dec. 19 goal as a gigantic exclamation mark on the Canadian women's year, a portent of what's to come at the World Cup finals in Germany in the summer and, God and FIFA willing, the Women's World Cup finals 2015 here in Canada, [Ottawa's] Lansdowne Park included.

A day after that goal, the Canadian government opened its wallet, pledging $15 million to help the Canadian Soccer Association play host to the 2015 finals.
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I dont know... that Marta gol is just

Where were you when we lost 1-7?
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