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New year, same question: Has Canada closed the gap with the USWNT?

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CARSON, Calif. — The 2020 Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament final is set, and it will see Canada meet the United States, as was widely expected. Each team has already qualified for the 2020 Olympics thanks to semifinal victories on Friday.

The two Concacaf standouts will renew their rivalry on Sunday afternoon at Dignity Health Sports Park. It’s a rivalry which, despite the intensity and relative competitive nature of individual matches, has been mostly lopsided. The Americans hold a commanding 49-3-7 record over Canada, with Canada’s last victory coming in 2001 (a 34-game winless streak).

One guarantee, however, is that the match will be physical.

“I think that’s the nature of a rivalry,” Canada winger Janine Beckie explained to The Equalizer after Canada qualified for Tokyo 2020. “I also think it’s the nature of how both teams play. We obviously are a very physical side. It’s been in our DNA for a long time. They bring that when they play us. They’re physical, too. They’ve got some very strong athletes on their team. I think that’s just the match-up when we play them.”

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