Christen Press is on a tear with goals in her past six games, focused on the US national team's next big task: the Olympics.
Mexico has qualified only once, in 2004, and placed eighth.
Canada, meanwhile, will be gunning for a third straight podium finish in Tokyo, after earning bronze in London in 2012 and Rio. The first step for the back-to-back world champs adding a gold medal to their collection is getting past their North American rivals. "I think having a new staff in the transition presents different challenges".
The goal going into the 12-team tournament in Tokyo is to improve on the past two Olympic performances.
U.S. and Canada will contest the Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship final on Sunday to determine the region's champions. Canada will face the victor of that match in Sunday's final.
Canada has won all 14 matches between the teams, outscoring Costa Rica 46-6. A few moments later, she caught Canada goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe far out in front of her net, but the attempt from distance sailed over the goal. In fact, the team went into half-time with more yellow cards than shots.
"Individually we can get better and we can get better as a team", he said. "But you can tell the players definitely brought some nerves on the pitch".
"In the first half, throughout the whole game, they were very organized, very disciplined".
"They set very, very deep". American striker Abby Wambach went on to tie the game from the penalty spot and the United States pulled out a victory deep into extra time. He began using the two together more towards the end of past year.
Canada's game against Sweden on Saturday will once again be nationally televised.
"I think after the World Cup a year ago, which was disappointing and then a tough fall, I think the performances we've put in at this tournament have been nothing short of incredible", said Canada goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe. "I'm just glad she's doing it for the national team as well". "We made three individual mistakes, and gave them three goals", said Sinclair. "I think it's a big weight off our shoulders now, we can look forward to Tokyo and be excited about it".
Canada came on in the second half. In a freakish move in the 64th minute, he took out Jessie Fleming, a key cog in Canada's midfield, and brought in forward Deanne Rose.
"We needed someone to break the line. It was a match where we made many mistakes, but it is in the past", Costa Rica coach Amelia Valverde said. "But at the same time, now we can start to focus and work on each game that we have to really try to improve".
Adriana Leon, who scored four goals in the opener against St. Kitts and Nevis did not play against Costa Rica. "She definitely had a significant impact on the result in the end".
Both teams went undefeated in the run-up to the final match, with Canada scoring 23 goals and the United States scoring 22. Ashley Lawrence, Beckie and Rose combined for some nice passing down the right wing.
Press made her national team debut in 2013. "Now she has more opportunity", Andonovski said. But the ball took a lucky bounce right back to her foot, and Huitema netted her 13th global goal.
Press says she's hasn't changed a thing. "I thought we dominated but we just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net".
Huitema leads the tournament's goalscoring with an impressive seven goals scored in four matches.
Jordyn Huitema, 18, wasn't even born when Sinclair scored her first goal for Canada in 2000. "The defenders were doing their job in the first half, so it was our turn to get the job done in the second half", said Williams.
Sinclair was booked in the fourth minute for leading with an arm in an aerial clash with defender Mariana Benavides that left both players temporarily dazed. Canada still has yet to concede a goal through four games in 2020.