Mallory Swanson Brace moves Twitter as USA beats Canada in 2023 SheBelieves Cup | News, scores, highlights, stats and rumours

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 16: United States forward Mallory Swanson (9) scores the first goal during the She Believes soccer game between USA and Canada on February 16, 2022 at Explorer Stadium in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Mallory Swanson single-handedly took care of Canada in the first half.

The United States forward made it 2-2 in 34 minutes as the United States beat Canada 2-0 on Thursday night at the SheBelieves Cup.

US women’s national soccer team @USWNT


Alyssa Naeher added some amazing goaltending to close out the clean sheet:

That’s it convincing from the United States. The Americans had 53 percent of the possession, outscored Canada 14-6 (7-3 at home) and took six corners to four from their opponents.

It was a total team performance, but Swanson was the story after her impressive brace. No surprises as he has scored in four straight games:

Attack on the third @Attack Three



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It was a fantastic performance for the United States, although there are tough tests on the horizon, with Japan (Sun., Feb. 9 at 3:30 p.m. ET) and Brazil (Wed., Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET ) to follow in the SheBelieves Cup.

Thursday’s game was played under the well-known backdrop of pay disparity between the men’s and women’s games, with Canada playing the SheBelieves Cup in protest over a pay dispute with the Canadian soccer federation.

“I think we’ve made it pretty clear that we’re operating under a protest right now, so we’ve decided as a group that we’re going to do this and show our solidarity together and that’s one of the ways he’s decided to do that,” said Canadian forward Janine Becky he told reporters.

USWNT players showed their support for this pre-game protest:

Meg Linehan @itmeglinehan

Great moment of solidarity between #USWNT and #CanWNT here before the start.

“There are just some things that are much bigger than what happens on the field and this is one of them,” United States forward Megan Rapinoe said before the game, while expressing “100 percent” support for the protest. “This is just about basic human rights and respect and getting what they deserve. I mean, we’re talking about Olympians here, so this was so well-deserved and such a huge step forward for them.”

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