With tournament favorites USA off to a winning start on Monday in Group A, fellow title hopefuls Canada takes the field for the first time in the CONCACAF W Championship.
The first opponent in Group B play is Trinidad & Tobago, whose 1993 runner-up finish still serves as the country’s best result in this event.
Les Rouges hope for a positive start to match the U.S. who brushed aside Haiti 3-0 a day ago. That result earned three points but also left many unanswered questions, serving to boost Canada’s hopes of upsetting the No. 1-ranked team in the world in the semifinals or final.
Still, Olympic champions Canada have doubts of their own after a pair of draws against Nigeria and South Korea in warm-up friendlies through the spring and early summer. The most recent result, a 0-0 draw with the Koreans, leaves Canada questioning its ability to score against well-structured opponents.
Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
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Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago live score
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Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago live updates, highlights
14 mins to kick: A fun bit of history for the Socca Princesses as they begin their 2022 CONCACAF W Championship final journey in Group B.
The only team that has played every edition of #CWC.
— Concacaf W (@ConcacafW) July 6, 2022
40 mins to kick: Lineups are out and the world’s all-time goals record-holder Christine Sinclair is starting.
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) July 6, 2022
— Concacaf W (@ConcacafW) July 6, 2022
90 mins to kick: Canadian soccer broadcaster OneSoccer has a video guide to follow the upcoming match:
TOURNAMENT PREVIEW 🚨
Everything you NEED to know about the #CanWNT‘s Concacaf W Championship adventure 🍁⚽
– 3 big questions for Canada to answer 👀
– Janine Beckie, Bev Priestman press conference 🎙
– OS Today crew debate 🗣
Check it out 👇https://t.co/QNmwxyxjpr pic.twitter.com/k825rLiTa0
— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) July 6, 2022
120 mins to kick: A few days ago the Canadian women’s team was deep in a game of tic-tac-toe during training as the team gets match fit for the first competitive 90 minutes of the summer.
— CAN Soccer’s WNT (@CANWNT) July 2, 2022
Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago lineups
The strike combo of Janine Beckie and Jordyn Huitema didn’t produce goals against South Korea, and it’s Huitema hitting the bench in favor of legend Christine Sinclair. With Adriana Leon starting and playing 74 goalless minutes against South Korea, Priestman has opted for Deanne Rose in that wide spot.
Jayde Riviere and Ashley Lawrence started at full-back against South Korea, and both are deployed once again with Vanessa Gilles and Kadeisha Buchanan tabbed for central defense. Riviere in particular has become a favorite of head coach Bev Priestman, with 30 caps at just 21 years old.
Canada starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Kailen Sheridan (GK) — 10-Ashley Lawrence, 14-Vanessa Gilles, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 8-Jayde Riviere — 5-Quinn, 11-Desiree Scott, 17-Jessie Fleming — 6-Deanne Rose, 12-Christine Sinclair, 16-Janine Beckie.
Canada subs (12): 18-Sabrina D’Angelo (GK), 22-Lysianne Proulx (GK), 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 23-Bianca St. Georges, 21-Zoe Burns, 2-Allysha Chapman, 13-Sophie Schmidt, 7-Julia Grosso, 19-Adriana Leon, 15-Nichelle Prince, 20-Cloe Lacasse, 9-Jordyn Huitema
Trinidad & Tobago picked up qualifying wins over Nicaragua, Dominica, and Turks & Caicos to reach the group stage of the CONCACAF W Championship, plus a draw with Guyana sprinkled in.
The attack is not the issue for Trinidad & Tobago, who registered multiple goals in all four qualifying matches, including a 13-0 domination of Turks & Caicos (who, to be fair, finished the qualifying round with a -46 goal differential in four matches). Asha James picked up goals against Nicaragua, Dominica, and Guyana.
Where the Soca Princesses struggle most is at the back, where finding an effective partner for Club Leon center-back Victoria Swift has been a challenge. Rhea Belgrave, 30, has been deployed of late and is back in action.
Trinidad & Tobago starting lineup (4-4-2): 1-Kimika Forbes (GK) — 6-Kedie Johnson, 4-Rhea Belgrave, 8-Victoria Swift, 3-Cecily Stoute — 10-Asha James, 14-Karyn Forbes, 2-Chelsi Jadoo, 12-Chelcy Ralph — 11-Raenah Campbell, 9-Brianna Austin
Trinidad & Tobago subs (12): 21-Tenesha Palmer (GK), 22-Klil Keshwar, 20-Lauryn Hutchinson, 7-Liana Hinds, 5-Shaunalee Govia, 13-Amaya Ellis, 23-Sarah De Gannes, 15-Tori Paul, 17-Jolie St. Louis, 19-Maya Matouk, 16-Cayla McFarlane, 18-Maria-Frances Serrant
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How to watch Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago
|In USA||In Canada|
|Date||Tues, July 5||Tues, July 5|
|Time||10 p.m. ET||10 p.m. ET|
|TV||—||Telus (Ch. 980)|
|Live Stream||Paramount+, ViX||fuboTV, OneSoccer|
USA: The CONCACAF W Championship match will be streamed on Paramount+ (English) and ViX (Spanish).
CANADA: The Canada women’s soccer match will be carried by OneSoccer, which is streamed on fuboTV.
Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago betting odds and lines
Odds via DraftKings (USA) & Sports Interaction (Canada)
Canada may have plenty of kinks to work out, but Trinidad & Tobago are not considered a threat to upset Les Rouges in their opening match.
The odds are heavily skewed in Canada’s favor, with Trinidad & Tobago a near +3,500 underdog. Canada will want to put forth the solid attacking performance expected by oddsmakers to wipe away any concerns generated by the tuneup friendlies.
to score Y / N
|+205 / -320||+330 / -714|
|Over / Under||O/U 5 goals:
-115 / -115
|O/U 4.5 goals:
-156 / +117