U.S. Women Beat Canada to Claim Spot in Paris Olympics

Jul 19, 2022

The symmetry would not have been lost on any of them: the United States and Canada, two of the world’s best women’s soccer teams, meeting on a sweltering night and chasing a prize only one of them could win.

A tight match. A late penalty kick. A jubilant celebration.

A year ago at the Tokyo Olympics, it was the Canadians who rejoiced, converting a second-half penalty and winning the match on their way to the gold medal.

On Monday night in Monterrey, Mexico, it was the Americans who were dancing at the final whistle. It was they who had won the penalty kick and then the game, 1-0, to guarantee themselves a berth in the 2024 Paris Olympics. It was they who now had a chance to snatch that gold medal back.

Source: The New York Times