BLAINE, MINN. The U.S. women's soccer team treated Tuesday's match against Canada as a lot more than just another exhibition.
Tiffeny Milbrett's goal in the 77th minute gave the defending World Cup champions and Olympic silver medalists a 1-0 victory and snapped their four-game winless streak against Canada.
"My emotions and arousal level were as high today as they were for any game in the Olympics," U.S. coach April Heinrichs said. "We don't want any team to believe they can consistently beat us."
The Americans were tied 2-2 by the Canadians on Saturday in Toronto in the opener of the two-game Independence Day series to drop to 0-2-2 in their last four games against Canada. They now lead the overall series 23-3-2.
Milbrett beat goalkeeper Nicci Wright with a rebound of her own shot following a free kick by Mia Hamm.
The Americans attempted 12 shots on goal, to the Canadians' two. Yet, U.S. goalkeeper Siri Mullinix had to make a diving save of Sharolta Nonen's shot in the final minute to preserve the win.
The United States, which won the World Cup in 1999 and finished in the Olympics the next year, improved to 2-5-2 this year. A crowd of 15,614 attended.