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USWNT Wins Its 7th SheBelieves Cup

The USWNT won its fifth consecutive and seventh overall SheBelieves Cup title in thrilling fashion, defeating Canada 5-4 in a penalty kick shootout following a 2-2 draw through regulation in the Championship Game of the 2024 SheBelieves Cup.

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USWNT celebrate with the SheBelieves trophy. Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

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Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher scored a penalty kick and saved three – a feat only accomplished twice in USWNT history, both times by her in the span of five weeks – and defender Emily Fox converted the decisive penalty in the sixth round of spot kicks to lift the USA to victory. Braces from forward Sophia Smith, who was named the Visa SheBelieves Cup MVP, and Canada’s Adriana Leon forced the penalty shootout after a deadlock in regulation time.


First Half

The tempo was high from the jump as the USA dominated possession and kept most of the first 10 minutes in Canada’s half. Connecting passes and creating opportunities all over the field, the Americans came very close to opening the scoring in the 29th minute on a brilliant effort from 19-year-old Jaedyn Shaw – who has been on a hot streak and was involved in both goals tonight in addition to scoring in the semifinal in Japan – after Alex Morgan nodded a pass toward Shaw inside the box. She skillfully popped the ball over a defender and stretched out to poke a shot on goal, but Canada ‘keeper Kailen Sheridan did well to come out and smother the attempt.


Against the run of play, Canada was the team that found the opener, which came after a long ball down the right flank that forced Naeher to rush to the top of the penalty box. The 50/50 ball ricocheted off Naeher and Canada’s Ashley Lawrence and landed at the feet of defender Deanne Rose, who played it to Leon inside the box for her finish into an open net. Morgan nearly equalized just two minutes later after trying to capitalize on a poor clearance following a set piece, but Kadeisha Buchanan did well to block the shot out for a corner and send the U.S. into the halftime break with a 1-0 deficit.

USWNT forward Trinity Rodman in action
United States forward Trinity Rodman (22) chases the loose ball against Canada defender Gabby Carle (21) in the second half at Field. Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Second Half

The USA came out strong in the second half and it only took five minutes before Smith equalized with a brilliant left-footed strike from just outside the top of the box off a deft pass from Shaw. Smith came close to scoring again in the 62nd minute on a breakaway following a great through ball from Mallory Swanson, but the ball barely got away from under her feet and was cleared away by a retreating Canda defender. Her efforts then paid off in the 68th minute after Shaw picked out forward Trinity Rodman on the run up the middle. Rodman did well to drag two defenders in to pressure her, leaving Smith open for a pass into the right side of the penalty area and she executed a classy finish through Sheridan’s legs to take the lead.


Canada caught a break in the waning minutes of regulation after Leon was judged to have been brought down inside the USA’s box on what was a soft call at best. She stepped up to the penalty spot and converted with a powerful strike in the 84th minute to level the score and send the match to a penalty kick shootout at the final whistle.

Penalty Shoot Out

After meeting in a penalty kick shootout on March 6 in the semifinals of the 2024 Concacaf W Gold, the familiar foes once again found themselves in penalty kicks, this time with a trophy on the line. The back-and-forth duel was a thrilling affair as it went into sudden death, but Naeher’s heroics, which included two consecutive saves on the third and fourth attempts from Canada, stole she show and sent the raucous crowd of 19,049 fans into elation. Defender Emily Fox – taking her first ever penalty kick in a shootout as a professional — dealt the final blow as she converted the kick that won the match and saw the USA lift the trophy once again. 


The USA did go behind in the shootout as Trinity Rodman saw USA’s first attempt saved. It took the USA until Round 3 to get back level after Smith and Naeher scored, and then Naeher saved Jade Rose’s shot. After Naeher then saved substitute Chloe Lasse’s shot, team captain Lindsey Horan scored the USA fourth attempt. Julie Grosso then converted, which meant that Emily Sonnett’s shot could have won it for the USA on its fifth kick, but she blasted her shot over the top. Lawrence then converted, and defender Abby Dahlkemper also scored on a clutch sixth attempt for the USA, but Naeher stopped the shot of late sub Evelyne Viens, setting the stage for Fox’s heroics, and she rolled her game-winning shot into the net as Sheridan went the wrong way.

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Line Ups


1-Alyssa Naeher; 23-Emily Fox, 12-Tierna Davidson, 2-Abby Dahlkemper, 19-Crystal Dunn (20-Casey Krueger, 87); 17-Sam Coffey (9-Mallory Swanson, 46), 14-Emily Sonnett, 10-Lindsey Horan (Capt.); 11-Sophia Smith, 13-Alex Morgan (22-Trinity Rodman, 64), 8-Jaedyn Shaw (15-Korbin Albert) 

Substitutions Not Used: 18-Casey Murphy, 21-Jane Campbell, 3-Jenna Nighswonger, 4-Naomi Girma, 5-Olivia Moultrie, 6-Eva Gaetino, 7-Catarina Macario, 16-Lily Johannes 

Head coach: Twila Kilgore 


: 1-Kailen Sheridan; 12-Jade Rose, 14-Vanessa Gilles, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan; 10-Ashley Lawrence, 13-Simi Awujo (7-Julia Grosso, 73), 17-Jessie Fleming (Capt.), 16-Janine Beckie (15-Evelyne Viens, 73); 6-Deanne Rose (21-Gabby Carle,53), 19-Adriana Leon, 9-Jordyn Huitema (20-Cloe Lacasse, 45+4) 

Substitutions Not Used: 18-Sabrina D’Angelo, 22-Anna Karpenko, 2-Clarissa Larisey, 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 5-Emma Regan, 8-Marie-Yasmine Alidou, 11-Desiree Scott, 23-Bianca St. Georges 

Head coach: Bev Priestman 

USWNT defender Abby Dahlkemper
 United States defender Abby Dahlkemper (2) scores her penalty kick against Canada at Field. Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
USWNT players celebrate winning shebelieves cup
United States players celebrate on the field after defeating Canada in penalty kicks at Field. Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
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