Sydney Leroux scored in the 78th minute, and the U.S. women's soccer team earned a 1-0 win over Canada on Friday night before 20,862 in Frisco, Texas.
Leroux, a Canadian-born U.S. citizen, broke the tie with a left-footed finish 3 yards out after a Becky Sauerbrunn pass got through two defenders and goalkeeper Erin McLeod inside the 6-yard box.
Hope Solo preserved the U.S. win in the 87th minute with a diving save of a Jonelle Filigno shot.
The Americans are 68-0-10 on home soil since a loss to Denmark in Philadelphia in 2004. The U.S., ranked No. 1 in the world, also is undefeated under second-year coach Tom Sermanni (14-0-3).
Houston pitcher Mark Appel, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft, is recovering from an emergency appendectomy. General manager Jeff Luhnow expects the former Monte Vista High-Danville and Stanford star will be able to report to spring training Feb. 15. After throwing 1061/3 innings at Stanford, Appel was held to 10 starts in his pro debut last year. He went 3-1 with a 3.79 ERA between Class A Quad Cities and short-season Tri-City.
When No. 17 Duke (17-4, 6-2 ACC) visits No. 2 Syracuse (20-0, 7-0) on Saturday (ESPN, 3:30 p.m.), a Carrier Dome attendance record likely will be set as the two winningest coaches in NCAA Division I history square off for just the third time. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski has 974 wins and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim has 940. A year ago, Syracuse-Georgetown drew a Carrier record 35,012.
James Ward won 10 of the last 11 games to take a 1-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Sam Querrey and give Britain a 2-0 lead against the United States in first-round Davis Cup play in San Diego. Ward was two games from losing when he rallied. Also, Andy Murray routed Donald Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 on a temporary clay court at Petco Park. Murray and Colin Fleming face Bob and Mike Bryan in doubles Saturday.