Canada's national women's soccer team draws Washington Freedom 3-3 in friendly
FAIRFAX, Va. - Christine Sinclair and Jodi Robinson scored in the second half Sunday as Canada's national team fought back for a 3-3 draw in a friendly with the Washington Freedom of Women's Professional Soccer.
Christina Julien had the other goal for Canada, while Christie Welsh, Lene Mykjaland and Sonia Bompastor scored for Washington.
Trailing 3-1 at halftime, Canada's Kelly Parker sent a through ball to Sinclair in the 51st minute to cut the deficit to one.
Less than two minutes later, Parker was again the catalyst for Canada. Her shot was saved by Freedom goalkeeper Erin McLeod, but the rebound fell to Robinson, who made no mistake.
McLeod, of Edmonton, is a national team member, but Canadian coach Carolina Morace decided earlier in the week she would play for the Freedom in the match.
"It was a good experience overall," said McLeod. "The more (the) Freedom can play against teams like this, the better we will be."
The Freedom jumped on Canada early, scoring two goals in the opening 14 minutes. Beverly Goebel took a shot from just outside the box that deflected off the crossbar and fell right to Welsh, who fired past Canadian goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc on 11 minutes.
Mykjaland then beat the Canadian defence on the left flank and lobbed a shot home in the 14th minute.
But Canada answered when Parker made a run and sent the ball up to Julien, who beat McLeod.
Washington restored the two-goal lead in the 33rd minute when Sonia Bompastor sent a corner kick into the box that Welsh headed home.
"You never like the score to be 3-3 if you are a goalie, but it was a good test of character for us," said LeBlanc. "We had a lot of young players out there and I think they played really well."