MANCHESTER, England (AP) - The coach of the Canadian women's soccer team has accused the United States of using "highly illegal" tactics during the Olympics.

John Herdman said Sunday that some of the physical marking done by U.S. players on corner kicks and free kicks violates the rules.

Herdman said he hopes to "raise awareness" of the tactics to the game officials when Canada plays the U.S. in the semifinals on Monday. He's also coming up with a game plan to counter the physical play.

Herdman says "we've starting working on that in training without trying to injure our players."

Canada is a major underdog in the semifinals. The Americans haven't lost to their northern neighbors in 11 years.

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