US Women's Soccer Tied 0-0 With Canada at Half in Semifinals Match originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
After 45 minutes, it remains a 0-0 tie between the U.S. womne’s soccer team and Canada in the semifinals.
The United States may be without goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher for the rest of the match. Naeher appeared to land awkwardly on her right leg going up to deflect the ball off of a Canada corner kick.
After a long break where Naeher was attended to by trainers, Naeher tried to remain in the game, but was taken out shortly at the 30-minute mark after play resumed. Adrianna Franch is now in net for the U.S.
The second half of the match against Canada be streamed live here:
Naeher has been the star for the USWNT in Tokyo. In the quarterfinal victory, Naeher denied a penalty kick in the 81st minute and then made two of four saves in the shootout to seal the victory. She did not face a shot on goal before she exited.
In fact, neither team has a shot on goal through the first 45 minutes. The United States has more attempts than Canada 4-1, and have more possesion percentage, 56% to 44%.
Neither team have been successful in their corner kick attempts, with the U.S. 0-for-4 and Canada 0-for-5.
It hasn’t been the easiest ride for the U.S. women’s national team in the Tokyo Olympics, but they are exactly where they expected to be after four matches.
The USWNT lost its first match of group play, a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Sweden. They followed that up with an impressive 6-1 bounce-back win over New Zealand. The group stage concluded with a 0-0 draw against Australia.
Moving into the knockout round, the U.S. narrowly survived the quarterfinal, defeating Netherlands 4-2 in penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw through 120 minutes.
Looking ahead to the semifinal, Canada stands in the way as a familiar foe. Canada is the most frequent opponent in USWNT history, including twice in Olympics history.
The two nations last met in the Olympics back in 2012, with the U.S. topping Canada 4-3 in extra time.
Alex Morgan scored the decisive goal in stoppage time to send the U.S. to the final.