England beats Canada with late goal in Cyprus Cup final
Rachel Yankey's goal in 70th minute hands Canada 2nd-straight loss in final
Rachel Yankey scored in the 70th minute and England defeated Canada 1-0 Wednesday in the final of the Cyprus Cup women's soccer tournament in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Canada made three substitutions late as it pressed for the tying goal, but couldn't create any dangerous chances as England held on to the lead through five minutes of added time.
It was the first meeting between the teams since Canada defeated England 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the London Olympics.
Canada lost the in the final of the Cyprus Cup for the second straight year, falling 2-0 to France in 2013.
Canada and England will face each other again in an exhibition match on April 7.
"They were the better team tonight, give them credit," Canada coach John Herdman said. "We will have another go at them in a few weeks time."
Jonelle Filigno had Canda's best chance of the game, but she could not hit the target with a first-half effort from close range.
Next up for Canada is a friendly against France in Nice on April 4.
U.S. takes Algarve Cup
The United States gave Tom Sermanni a title in his first tournament as coach of the American women's team.
Alex Morgan scored twice in the first half, and the U.S. defeated Germany 2-0 Wednesday night in the final of the Algarve Cup at Faro, Portugal. The Americans won the prestigious tournament for the ninth time in 18 appearances.
Backup goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart protected the lead with some strong saves in the second half. Midfielder Megan Rapinoe was selected tournament MVP despite missing the final after straining a muscle in pregame warmups.
Morgan started the scoring in the 13th minute. Sydney Leroux sent a cross that Germany central defender Josephine Henning tried to clear with a header. But the ball fell to Morgan just inside the area and she scored with her left foot.
Morgan connected again 12 minutes later. A mix-up between goalkeeper Almuth Schult and her defence let Morgan steal the ball and she rolled a shot into the empty net from the edge of the box.
Forward Abby Wambach came off the bench for the first time since March 9, 2011, against Iceland at the Algarve Cup. She entered in the 75th minute for Christen Press, but did not score.
The United States have not lost in 29 games, including victory at last year's London Olympics.