By Gary R. Blockus | Nov. 13, 2017, 12:22 a.m. (ET)
Alex Morgan (#13) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Canada at Avaya Stadium on Nov. 12, 2017 in San Jose, Calif.

 

Julie Ertz scored in the first half and Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd scored in the second to lead Team USA in a 3-1 win over Canada in San Jose on Sunday, concluding the 2017 season and exacting revenge for a draw with the Canadians last week.

Morgan scored the go-ahead goal and assisted on Lloyd’s, helping snap a 1-1 tie that was looking hauntingly familiar to last Thursday’s result in Vancouver until Megan Rapinoe took over.

Rapinoe served up Morgan’s goal with a corner kick, then aided Lloyd’s as well. Rapinoe directed a long pass from the left, first headed by Morgan before being sent into the net by Lloyd. Rapinoe also controlled the left wing with several threatening runs in the second half.

Ertz put Team USA on top in the 11th minute by converting Rapinoe’s corner kick from the left with a near post header to the far panel. It marked Ertz’s 14th career goal and sixth of 2017, tying her with Morgan (at the time) for the most this season.

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Similarly to the first leg of the home-and-home friendly, Canada tied the match early in the second half. Janine Beckie notched the equalizer in the 50th minute.

Team USA responded, taking the lead five minutes later with Morgan finding the back of the net on a well-timed run to the back post. It was her seventh goal in seven games this season and the 80th of her career.

Lloyd’s goal extended Team USA’s edge to 3-1 in the 80th minute. Lloyd, who has missed time this international season due to an ankle injury, entered as a substitute in the 77th minute before recording only her fourth score of the season. It was the 98th of her career.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.