Uchenna Kanu’s Pensacola have won the US Women’s Premier Soccer League after they defeated the Utah Royals Reserves 4-3 after extra-time in the Championship final at the Neal Patterson Stadium on Sunday night.
The Super Falcons star was on target in the game to ensure last year’s heartbreak — where they lost despite the forward’s nine goals in six games — was not repeated.
At the semi-final stage, the 21-year-old forward scored for Pensacola to defeat defending champions Seattle Sounders 3-2 on Friday in a repeat of last year’s final.
In the final, Dave Kemp’s side went 1-0 down into the break after Mikayla Colohan gave Utah the lead in the 19th minute. Shortly after the break, Briana Morris drew the 2018 finalists’ level but on the stroke of the hour, Cameron Tucker restored Utah’s lead but it was short-lived as Ana Paula Silva stabbed home the equalizer six minutes later.
With twenty minutes to go, Kanu put Pensacola ahead for the first time in the game and as the game was rounding up, Tucker struck back with a minute to go to take the final into extra-time. Deep into extra-time, Kanu led a counter-attack for her side, her pass found Rouse who then squared for Morris to grab her brace of the night as Pensacola win the championship for the first time since 2012.
At the end of the Championships, Kanu was named the most outstanding player of the league for the 2019 season.