Canadian allocated players score in win; Sinclair sits out
While the USWNT embarked on its 2013 Algarve Cup campaign with a 3-0 win over Iceland on Wednesday, the Canadian Women's National Team-and its NWSL allocated players-kicked off its Cyprus Cup games with a 2-0 defeat of Switzerland.
Sky Blue F.C. midfielder Sophie Schmidt tallied the team's first goal in the second minute of the game, which happened to be her 100th cap. Washington Spirit midfielder Diana Matheson scored the second goal.
Thorns FC striker Christine Sinclair did not play in the match, as she finished serving a four-game suspension that resulted from her comments after Canada's semifinal loss to the United States in last summer's Olympics.
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Thorns goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc did not play in the game. The Canadians play again at 7 a.m. Friday against Finland.
Meanwhile, over at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, Thorns FC defender Marlene Sandoval played a full 90 minutes in Mexico's 1-0 win over Hungary. FC Kansas City's Renee Cuellar scored the goal for the Mexican team in the 47th minute. (Incidentally, the Thorns kick their season off at Kansas City on April 13.) Mexico plays again at 10 a.m. Friday against Wales.