U.S. women beat Canada 2-1 | Soccer
Amy Rodriguez scored the winning goal in the 85th minute to lift the United States past Canada 2-1 in its final tuneup before the London Olympics.
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SANDY, Utah — Amy Rodriguez scored the winning goal in the 85th minute to lift the United States past Canada 2-1 Saturday in its final tuneup before the London Olympics.
Rodriguez tapped Megan Rapinoe's cross to Abby Wambach, who overran the ball. Wambach turned away from the net, recovered and back-heeled the ball toward the goal, where it deflected off diving Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod. The rebound popped to Rodriguez, who was a few feet in front of an open net.
The United States took a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute when Canadian defender Carmelina Moscato tried to clear a dangerous cross by Rapinoe but instead deflected it past keeper McLeod for an own goal.
Canada tied the score at 1-1 in the 57th minute when Melissa Tancredi, who entered the match at halftime, beat U.S. keeper Hope Solo — a former Washington Huskies standout from Richland.
Solo made two saves.
Alex Morgan, the team's leading scorer this year, left with an apparent leg injury in the 51st minute; team officials said she was removed for precautionary reasons.
Solo, Rapinoe and Morgan are on the Sounders Women's roster.
The U.S. team (14-1-1 this year) next plays in its Olympic opener against France on July 25 in Glasgow, Scotland.
• Defending champion Spain faces Italy for the European Championship on Sunday in Kiev, Ukraine.
Spain, the 2010 World Cup winner, is ranked No. 1 in the world. Italy is ranked 12th.
• Laurent Blanc stepped down as France's manager after a Euro 2012 campaign that ended in the quarterfinals.
Major League Soccer
• Brian Ching, a former Gonzaga and USL Sounders player, scored on a penalty kick in the 83rd minute to help host Houston beat Philadelphia 2-1.
• League-leading San Jose outscored visiting Los Angeles 4-3. The Earthquakes, playing before a crowd of 50,391 at Stanford Stadium, trailed 3-1 late in the first half before rallying.
Chris Wondolowski scored the winner in the 61st minute.
• In other MLS matches, Colorado beat visiting Portland 3-0; host D.C. United blanked Montreal 3-0; Columbus beat visiting Real Salt Lake 2-0; and New York and host Toronto FC tied 1-1.