While their Tokyo debut certainly went better than their Concacaf counterparts, Canada shared the points with hosts Japan at the Sapporo Dome on Wednesday after pulling ahead in the 6th minute behind a goal by Christine Sinclair.
Canada came into this tournament with both high and tempered expectations. In recent years, the team has worked an exciting new generation of talent into their ranks, adding an extra element of technicality on the ball, and the possibilities of a high-flying attack on the wings. In recent friendlies, however, Canada has continued to struggle to score, reflecting shades of the 2019 World Cup performance that saw the team’s tepid attack become one obstacle too many in an found-of-16 exit.
Against Japan, all of those possibilities were on display, in both encouraging and frustrating ways.