With tournament favorites USA off to a winning start on Monday in Group A, fellow title hopefuls Canada matched the result as Les Rouges shook off some early misses to pour it on late in a 6-0 opening victory over Trinidad & Tobago in Group B play.
Trinidad & Tobago was under assault all match, with barely a touch in the attacking half, but goalkeeper Kimika Forbes put on a show in the first half, holding Canada to just one goal from the legendary Christine Sinclair.
Kenwyne Jones deployed a press at the start of the second half, and it locked down the Canada attack for some time. Yet a line change from Beverly Priestman saw Canada refreshed, and the substitutes brought new energy and new life to the attack for a reinvigorated push. That paid dividends as Julia Grosso picked up a pair and Janine Beckie was unstoppable down the right flank.
Four goals in the final 11 minutes plus stoppage time saw Canada through with ease, earning three points from their opening group stage match. The top two finishers in Group B earn a place in the 2023 Women’s World Cup, while the tournament’s victor earns automatic qualification to the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
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27th min — CAN — Christine Sinclair
67th min — CAN — Julia Grosso
79th min — CAN — Julia Grosso
84th min — CAN — Jessie Fleming
87th min — CAN — Janine Beckie
90+1 min — CAN — Jordyn Huitema
Highlights (Canada only):
HIGHLIGHTS @CANWNT 🇨🇦 6-0 🇹🇹
Julia Grosso gets a brace with her first 2 goals for Canada. Sinclair gets 190, Beckie, Fleming, Huitema the other goalscorers.#WeCAN @concacafw pic.twitter.com/C37P3VG66h
While Kenwyne Jones’ tactical changes at halftime had a short-term effect, the long-term result was a tired Trinidad & Tobago side that capitulated late. The 6-0 scoreline is harsh, as T&T battled for much of the match, but ultimate Canada’s reinvigorated attack proved too much.
Janine Beckie was the Player of the Match for Canada, consistently roasting the left edge of Trinidad & Tobago’s defensive line, and substitute Julia Grosso made a significant impact.
90+1 min: GOAL, CANADA! It’s an absolute onslaught. A sixth goal for Canada as Jordyn Huitema gets on the scoresheet. Yet again it comes from Beckie down the right flank, and the 21-year-old Huitema adds another cherry on top for Canada who has made up for the first-half misfires.
CLINICAL finish from Canada’s Jordyn Huitema. 😲 pic.twitter.com/GoQa59B4DH
86th min: GOAL, CANADA! A last-ditch tackle was all that stood between Janine Beckie and a goal, but seconds later Beckie converted. Grosso’s charge and feed to Beckie on the penalty spot left no choice but to deliver the ball into the back of the net. It’s an onslaught through the final minutes of the match, and the scoreline will look harsh on Trinidad & Tobago who simply ran out of steam against the Canada substitutions.
A goal and an assist tonight for Janine Beckie as she makes it five for the Canadians. 💪 pic.twitter.com/peNd6IYjxS
83rd min: GOAL, CANADA! Another one Forbes won’t want to watch back. It’s too easy for Canada in the final minutes, as Beckie burns her defender down the right and her cutback falls to the feet of Jessie Fleming who whips it low right by Forbes into the back of the net. It’s redemption for Fleming after the missed penalty earlier in the evening.
Canada putting it on Trinidad & Tobago late. 😳
Jessie Fleming gives Canada their fourth. 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/ylLKpve6uD
79th min: GOAL, CANADA! Julia Grosso has her second and Canada’s third to put the game past any doubt. This one’s a messy goal, as a Beckie cross from the right somehow squirts through the entire box past three outstretched legs, and Grosso pokes it past Forbes at the near post despite a touch from the Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper. After a stellar night, Forbes lets a poor one go by.
SUPER-SUB JULIA GROSSO. 🔥
A 12′ brace for the @JuventusFCWomen phenom. 💪 pic.twitter.com/5VvLFzWCA9
73rd min: Priestman burns Canada’s final sub as Bianca St. Georges earns her second international cap, replacing Jayde Riviere. Asha James makes way for George Mason product Tori Paul on the T&T side, while Cayla McFarlane comes on for Kedie Johnson.
Canada has 19 shots in the match to Trinidad & Tobago’s zero. It’s no surprise on the day, as Trinidad & Tobago have hardly had a touch in the Canada half.
67th min: GOAL, CANADA! The substitutes have the desired effect, refreshing the attack and doubling the lead. Janine Beckie delivers a critical little pass through the defense and Julia Grosso finishes off the chance by wrong-footing Forbes and picking up her first international goal. Huitema picked up the assist on a brilliant backheel flick that sprung Grosso open.
JULIA GROSSO GETS HER FIRST EVER PROFESSIONAL GOAL. 🇨🇦
The 21-year-old puts Canada up 2-0. 😤 pic.twitter.com/nnkvmbXk6k
63rd min: Trinidad & Tobago counters with a pair of substitutions as well. Jolie St. Louis and Maria-Frances Serrant come on for Raenah Campbell and Chelcy Ralph. It’s an international debut for St. Louis who plays at Seattle University.
59th min: Bev Priestman has been trying to make substitutions for a few minutes now, and finally gets them in before a corner kick. It’s a complete line change. Ashley Lawrence comes off in favor of Allysha Chapman, new Mnachester United winger Adriana Leon replaces Deanne Rose, Julia Grosso replaces Desiree Scott, and Jordyn Huitema takes the place of goalscorer Christine Sinclair up front.
The changes are understandable, as Canada’s attack has looked very stale since the halftime break. Maintaining possession, but very little threat on goal.
52nd min: Trinidad & Tobago appear to be pressing a little higher and harder in the second half, and while it hasn’t resulted in many turnovers quite yet, it’s pushed Canada’s possession back into midfield and capped their attacking presence. It’s a smart tactical move by Kenwyne Jones, but it remains to be seen how long T&T can keep up the high intensity defensively while maintaining structure.
46th min: Under way for the second half. No substitutions for either side. Trinidad & Tobago will be happy to be down just one goal, but the lack of any attacking effort at all is concerning and will require changes from Kenwyne Jones at some point.
Just the one Christine Sinclair goal for Canada, but it could have been many, many more. Nearly the entire first half was played in the Trinidad & Tobago half, and Canada missed a number of opportunities in front of net, including Fleming’s missed penalty.
Six saves for Kimika Forbes a big reason why Canada only has the one goal.
CWNT: Christine Sinclair has now scored in 6 Olympic cycles if you include qualifying tournaments.
– Paris 2024/Mexico 2022
– Tokyo 2020/USA 2020
– Rio 2016/Texas 2016
– London 2012/Vancouver 2012
– Beijing 2008/Mexico 2008
– Athens 2004/Costa Rica 2004#CanWNT
45+2 min: After a stunning bit of one-touch buildup, Janine Beckie has a tap-in goal, but she’s offside on the feed from Sinclair. The feed came from an offside position, so Beckie just had to keep herself behind the ball, but she couldn’t manage it.
45+1 min: Forbes makes another fabulous save tipping a strike from Rose who hit a cracking volley. The shot may have been headed just over the bar, but Forbes had to make sure there was no danger, and did so in athletic fashion.
Deanne Rose almost just had the goal of the tournament so far for Canada. 😱
Kimika Forbes keeping Trinidad & Tobago in it. 🧤 pic.twitter.com/cPzaKC3Mo2
38th min: Moments ago, a soft penalty shout went to the monitor and was given. So of course, this time, Canada sees a stonewall penalty waved away by both the referee and VAR. Janine Beckie is clearly tripped by Swift, with the Canadian’s foot clattered by the foot of her defender. No penalty, and very little consistency.
A few second later, Rhea Belgrave picks up a harsh yellow card for catching an opponent on the shin.
35th min: Chance, Canada! Just moments after the missed penalty, Canada goes right back on the attack, and it’s another massive save from Forbes! The Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper comes charging out to smother Sinclair who had broken away from the defensive line. Fleming nearly pounced on the rebound, but she whiffs again moments after the penalty miss.
WHAT A SAVE FROM TRINIDAD & TOBAGO’S KIMIKA FORBES. 🇹🇹 pic.twitter.com/faLqTbkNnz
34th min: PENALTY MISSED! Ball doesn’t lie! Jessie Fleming steps up to take, and sails the effort over the top-left corner. It’s a let-off for the Soca Princesses, but a deserved one.
Canada have an opportunity to make it 2-0 after VAR gives them a penalty but Jessie Fleming skies it. 😬 pic.twitter.com/clkvdj1MsP
32nd min: Well, so much for that. The Mexican head official has gone to the monitor to look at the tackle on Sinclair. She feels pressure from a pair of Trinidad & Tobago defenders, but there’s hardly any real contact on Sinclair. This would be a weak penalty if given…
PENALTY GIVEN TO CANADA! The official returns to the monitor and points to the spot with EXTREME enthusiasm. There’s very little in that, and it’s harsh on Trinidad & Tobago.
29th min: Canada right back onto the attack and Sinclair goes down in the six-yard box. Her initial effort was blocked on the line, and attempting the second effort she went down under dual pressure. Janine Beckie also ended up on the deck while looking to latch onto the rebound. There’s a hydration break while the trainers tend to multiple players in the box.
There is VAR available for the tournament, but it didn’t seem that any of the defensive pressure produced enough contact to warrant a review.
27th min: GOAL, Canada! After coming close a few minutes earlier, Christine Sinclair has her 190th international goal! A cross from Rose down the left nearly on the end line was placed perfectly onto Sinclair’s head, and the all-time international goalscoring leader didn’t miss. That’s the wide service that was requested, and it paid immediate dividends.
CHRISTINE SINCLAIR GETS INTERNATIONAL GOAL #190. 💪
Canada take the lead over Trinidad & Tobago. 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/5rspFEOFMU
24th min: Chance, Canada! Yet another opportunity goes by the wayside as Janine Beckie takes aim from a tight angle. It was a crossing situation but she had a go and forced a fabulous save from Kimika Forbes who leaps to tip it over the bar.
Beckie is a dangerous force from out wide, but she may be better served tonight in a service role glued to the flank opposite Rose.
This game is screaming service from wide areas. #CANWNT
would love to see Canada drop with three in the back and move Beckie into a wing back roll.
23rd min: Sustained pressure by Canada. This is clear domination over the first quarter of the match, but still nothing to show for it for the favorites. Can Trinidad & Tobago make them pay for their inability to finish? Or is it simply a matter of time?
16th min: Chance, Canada! Christine Sinclair off the post! Rose absolutely roasts the right flank of the Trinidad & Tobago defense and the ball falls to Sinclair via Beckie above the penalty spot. Her pinpoint effort just clatters off the right post and deflects wide. The closest Canada has come through the opening frame of the match.
Christine Sinclair came SO CLOSE to her 190th international goal. 😳 pic.twitter.com/KsbDTTxJW9
13th min: Excellent ball movement in the penalty area works Canada another chance, but great last-ditch marking from Trinidad cuts down the eventual shot on the doorstep. Still no score, but Canada is pushing for the opener.
So far as expected for the #CanWNT/#CanXNT – they have a lot of the ball, and are trying to break down T&T
They’re showing flashes, but are still figuring out how to unlock that defence. Just need a bit of patience in the right moments, and a lot more movement
7th min: Canada continuing to ask the early questions, and Sinclair gets off a long-distance shot from a central position, but it’s weak and deflected, and Forbes has it easily in her grasp.
4th min: Canada has the early initiative and it’s Rose down the left with the cross for Janine Beckie who can’t get her header on frame. A big chance for Canada early on, as expected.
Janine Beckie with an early chance for Canada put JUST high. 👀 pic.twitter.com/CmwFkXz3AP
1st min: We are under way in Mexico! A Mexican refereeing crew taking charge as these two teams get their tournament started.
14 mins to kick: A fun bit of history for the Soca Princesses as they begin their 2022 CONCACAF W Championship final journey in Group B.
The only team that has played every edition of #CWC.
Hi again, @TTFootballAssoc ! 👋🇹🇹 pic.twitter.com/g6Bg2WkTii
40 mins to kick: Lineups are out and the world’s all-time goals record-holder Christine Sinclair is starting.
Your starting XI v. 🇹🇹 Trinidad and Tobago for our first match of the @ConcacafW Championship! #CANWNT #WeCAN pic.twitter.com/ahkuFwCE7C
📋 @TTFootballAssoc 🇹🇹 lineup for tonight 👇#CWC pic.twitter.com/Hgeoh8lyY6
90 mins to kick: Canadian soccer broadcaster OneSoccer has a video guide to follow the upcoming match:
TOURNAMENT PREVIEW 🚨
Everything you NEED to know about the #CanWNT‘s Concacaf W Championship adventure 🍁⚽
– 3 big questions for Canada to answer 👀
– Janine Beckie, Bev Priestman press conference 🎙
– OS Today crew debate 🗣
Check it out 👇https://t.co/QNmwxyxjpr pic.twitter.com/k825rLiTa0
120 mins to kick: A few days ago the Canadian women’s team was deep in a game of tic-tac-toe during training as the team gets match fit for the first competitive 90 minutes of the summer.
Tic-tac-toe #CANWNT pic.twitter.com/uOnFu8wKQj
The strike combo of Janine Beckie and Jordyn Huitema didn’t produce goals against South Korea, and it’s Huitema hitting the bench in favor of legend Christine Sinclair. With Adriana Leon starting and playing 74 goalless minutes against South Korea, Priestman has opted for Deanne Rose in that wide spot.
Jayde Riviere and Ashley Lawrence started at full-back against South Korea, and both are deployed once again with Vanessa Gilles and Kadeisha Buchanan tabbed for central defense. Riviere in particular has become a favorite of head coach Bev Priestman, with 30 caps at just 21 years old.
Priestman decided to call in Deanne Rose on the wing opposite Beckie, selecting the 23-year-old over the likes of Adriana Leon and Nichelle Prince.
Canada starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Kailen Sheridan (GK) — 10-Ashley Lawrence, 14-Vanessa Gilles, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 8-Jayde Riviere — 5-Quinn, 11-Desiree Scott, 17-Jessie Fleming — 6-Deanne Rose, 12-Christine Sinclair, 16-Janine Beckie.
Canada subs (12): 18-Sabrina D’Angelo (GK), 22-Lysianne Proulx (GK), 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 23-Bianca St. Georges, 21-Zoe Burns, 2-Allysha Chapman, 13-Sophie Schmidt, 7-Julia Grosso, 19-Adriana Leon, 15-Nichelle Prince, 20-Cloe Lacasse, 9-Jordyn Huitema
Trinidad & Tobago picked up qualifying wins over Nicaragua, Dominica, and Turks & Caicos to reach the group stage of the CONCACAF W Championship, plus a draw with Guyana sprinkled in.
The attack is not the issue for Trinidad & Tobago, who registered multiple goals in all four qualifying matches, including a 13-0 domination of Turks & Caicos (who, to be fair, finished the qualifying round with a -46 goal differential in four matches). Asha James picked up goals against Nicaragua, Dominica, and Guyana.
Where the Soca Princesses struggle most is at the back, where finding an effective partner for Club Leon center-back Victoria Swift has been a challenge. Rhea Belgrave, 30, has been deployed of late and is back in action.
Trinidad & Tobago starting lineup (4-4-2): 1-Kimika Forbes (GK) — 6-Kedie Johnson, 4-Rhea Belgrave, 8-Victoria Swift, 3-Cecily Stoute — 10-Asha James, 14-Karyn Forbes, 2-Chelsi Jadoo, 12-Chelcy Ralph — 11-Raenah Campbell, 9-Brianna Austin
Trinidad & Tobago subs (12): 21-Tenesha Palmer (GK), 22-Klil Keshwar, 20-Lauryn Hutchinson, 7-Liana Hinds, 5-Shaunalee Govia, 13-Amaya Ellis, 23-Sarah De Gannes, 15-Tori Paul, 17-Jolie St. Louis, 19-Maya Matouk, 16-Cayla McFarlane, 18-Maria-Frances Serrant
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USA: The CONCACAF W Championship match will be streamed on Paramount+ (English) and ViX (Spanish).
CANADA: The Canada women’s soccer match will be carried by OneSoccer, which is streamed on fuboTV.
Odds via DraftKings (USA) & Sports Interaction (Canada)
Canada may have plenty of kinks to work out, but Trinidad & Tobago are not considered a threat to upset Les Rouges in their opening match.
The odds are heavily skewed in Canada’s favor, with Trinidad & Tobago a near +3,500 underdog. Canada will want to put forth the solid attacking performance expected by oddsmakers to wipe away any concerns generated by the tuneup friendlies.