Alyssa Naeher’s penalty shootout vs. Canada will go down as one of the most legendary in USWNT history

Alyssa Naeher had a penalty shootout performance against Canada in the Concacaf W Gold Cup semifinal that etched new lore in United States women’s national team history.

It’s important to add some context to what must have been going through Naeher’s mind before the shootout began.

She had just conceded and failed to save the penalty kick in the final seconds to send the game to a shootout.

"Terrifying to watch" — Weather and pitch conditions for USWNT-Canada cause wave of reactions on social media

The USWNT and Canada faced off in the Women’s Gold Cup semifinals this Wednesday, promising an entertaining match of soccer between two of the best women’s national teams in the world… ruined by the state of the weather, pitch and for many fans, by Concacaf’s poor lack of judgement.

USWNT defeat Canada on world’s largest slip-n-slide to advance to Concacaf W Gold Cup final

The United States women’s national team defeated Canada 3-1 on penalties (2-2 after extra time on Wednesday) in the Concacaf W Gold Cup amid horrid weather and field conditions at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, California.

Rain poured down throughout the evening and during the day’s earlier Gold Cup semifinal that saw Brazil defeat Mexico 3-0. By the time the USWNT and Canada took the field it looked more like a swimming pool.

USWNT’s opponents revealed for challenging 2024 SheBelieves Cup

The United States women’s national team will be hosting Brazil, Japan and Canada in the 2024 SheBelieves Cup in Atlanta and Columbus.

All four nations competed in last year’s SheBelieves Cup which saw the USWNT win all three games and lift the trophy.

The 2024 edition will have a different format. Rather than having all four teams play each other, the tournament will begin with semifinal games, followed by a championship and third-place game.

SheBelieves Cup 2024 teams

Here are the teams playing, format, venues and dates for first-ever Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup

The first big test in 2024 for the United States women’s national team will be the inaugural Concacaf W Gold Cup. You might have questions like who are the teams playing in Concacaf W Gold Cup, how does it work, where are the games, etc.

This guide is here to help.

2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup basics

  • Dates: Feb. 20 through March 10
  • Locations: Los Angeles, California | Carson, California | Houston, Texas | San Diego, California
  • No. of teams: 12

Teams playing in Concacaf W Gold Cup

Watch: World’s greatest international goal scorer Christine Sinclair plays her final game for Canada

Christine Sinclair bid an emotional farewell to international soccer on Tuesday with one final match that brought an end to a superlative career in which she catapulted the Canadian national women's team from obscurity to Olympic champions.

The result of the friendly, a 1-0 win over Australia played in Sinclair's home province of British Columbia, did not matter as the night was all about celebrating Canada's most successful soccer player of all time.

World's greatest international goalscorer Christine Sinclair announces her retirement from Canada

Christine Sinclair, the world's all-time leading international goalscorer, has announced her retirement from the Canada women's national team but said she still planned to play for Portland Thorns in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) next season.

The 40-year-old Sinclair's illustrious international career includes a record 190 goals for Canada in 327 games, an Olympic gold medal and six World Cup appearances.

"Honestly, you can't play forever," Sinclair told Reuters. "And this seems like a good time to be done."

More upsets and shock exits at Women’s World Cup a sign of progress in women’s soccer says FIFA

SYDNEY — The unpredictability of results at the Women's World Cup, with former champions bowing out early and debutants advancing, is evidence that playing standards are improving across the board, FIFA's Technical Study Group (TSG) said on Friday.

The TSG analyzed data from the first 48 matches of the tournament and have concluded that defensive organization is better and goalkeepers are better positioned and making more saves, while fewer goals are being scored.

Australia sends Canada spinning out of World Cup with 4-0 revival

MELBOURNE - Hayley Raso scored a first half brace and Mary Fowler struck after the break as Australia crushed Canada 4-0 on Monday to storm into the last 16 of the Women's World Cup and send the Olympic champions spinning out of the tournament.

In front of a febrile crowd at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Raso struck in the ninth minute with a low, right-footed shot and doubled down in the 39th from a goalmouth scramble as unused captain Sam Kerr cheered by the touchline.

Ireland’s Katie McCabe scores goal of the World Cup candidate with stunning Olimpico

The Republic of Ireland's Women’s World Cup journey is all but over as a 2-1 defeat to Canada on Wednesday eliminated the Irish from the competition.

The 2023 edition of the tournament was the first time Ireland had qualified. Despite losing the first two games, The Girls in Green still got admirable results. A 1-0 loss to hosts Australia and a 2-1 defeat to the 2020 Olympic gold medalists Canada is nothing to be ashamed of.

Ireland’s big World Cup moment has to be the Katie McCabe goal vs Canada. The Irish opened Wednesday’s game with a stunning goal from their captain.