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USA to face Netherlands in FIFA Women’s World Cup Final

USA to face Netherlands in FIFA Women’s World Cup Final

LYON, France — The U.S. women’s national team will face the Netherlands in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday, July 7, at 9:00 a.m. MDT, in its quest to win a fourth World Cup title.

Coverage of the match begins here on FOX 13 at 8:00 a.m. with FIFA Women’s World Cup Live.

The final is being held in Lyon, France — site of the USWNT’s 2-1 semifinal win over England on Tuesday.

It was a record-setting 11th-straight World Cup win for the U.S.

Utah Royals FC’s Christen Press scored the first goal for the U.S. in the ninth minute, heading in a cross from URFC teammate Kelley O’Hara.

Alex Morgan scored her tournament-leading sixth goal in the 31st minute after England had equalized in the 19th minute.

Morgan headed home a beautiful chip from Lindsey Horan, then celebrated by drinking a cup of tea, which immediately went viral — for multiple reasons.

Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made a spectacular save just one minute later, getting her fingertips on the end of a curling shot to keep it 2-1 U.S. at halftime.

Naeher also saved a penalty kick in the 84th minute to preserve the USWNT’s win.

The Netherlands defeated Sweden 1-0 after extra time, also in Lyon, on Wednesday.

This will be the first-ever Women’s World Cup Final for the Netherlands and the fifth for the USWNT.

Women’s World Cup: US wins Group F, defeats Sweden 2-0

Women’s World Cup: US wins Group F, defeats Sweden 2-0

LE HAVRE, France — The U.S. women’s national team defeated Sweden 2-0 to finish the group stage game of the 2019 Women’s World Cup with a perfect 3-0 record.

Lindsey Horan scored the fastest goal of this year’s tournament in the third minute off a corner kick and Tobin Heath made it 2-0 in the 66th minute with a goal from a sharp angle that was later ruled an own goal from Sweden’s Jonna Andersson.

Up next, the U.S. will face Group B runner-up Spain in the Round of 16.

The U.S. also set a record for the most goals scored in a group stage with 18. The previous mark (17) was set by Norway in 1995.

USWNT dominates Chile to coast into Women’s World Cup last 16

PARIS — It may have received some criticism for the ruthless dismantling of Thailand in its opening game at the Women’s World Cup but the USWNT was in no mood to go easy on Chile.

Despite resting a number of key players, such as striker Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, the reigning world champion took just 11 minutes to find the breakthrough on its way to a record-breaking seventh consecutive World Cup win.

As against Thailand, the USWNT were completely dominant and by half-time were leading 3-0. Somewhat surprisingly, Jill Ellis’ side failed to score in the second half despite relentless waves of attack.

In truth, the score could have been a lot worse had it not been for the impressive Christiane Endler, who marshaled her goal stoically in the face of constant pressure.

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“Every player wants the same thing and they want to play maximum minutes and that’s what you want as a coach for sure,” said US coach Jill Ellis after the match, before praising the opposition.

“Endler was fantastic, we were aware of her skill, she’s a world-class goalkeeper. I thought their spirit was magnificent, total credit to Chile.”

Having watched its opponents thump Thailand 13-0, Chile must have been dreading facing this particular Goliath.

Ranked as the 39th best team in the world by FIFA, five places lower than Thailand, Chile is making its first appearance in a Women’s World Cup and might have been buoyed when it was revealed USWNT coach Ellis had sent out a second-string side.

Only four players kept their place in the starting line-up from the Thailand demolition but Chile could do very little to stem the tide against a USWNT side intent on securing qualification for the knockout stages as quickly as possible.

Even without Morgan, who netted five times in the opening group game, the USWNT looked threatening from the outset as it created three chances within the first three minutes of the match.

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USWNT was simply bigger, faster and more experienced than its opponents and veteran striker Carli Lloyd sent a wicked shot flying into the back of the net to begin the rout.

Just when it looked as though the US had lost its rhythm, up popped Julie Ertz to double the lead with a superbly taken header before Lloyd followed suit to add a third before the break.

Endler continued to shine in the second half, producing a string of stunning saves to prevent USWNT from totting up another dizzying score.

“I’m sad for the defeat, but happy for my performance,” the Paris Saint-Germain Feminines keeper said, after picking up the Player of the Match award.

“I prepared intensely this last year to come to the World Cup and perform to the best of my ability. It’s a mix of feelings, but I’m satisfied to have played like this, especially here, at this stadium that’s my home.”

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The frame of the goal also came to Chile’s rescue as the USWNT rattled the woodwork on numerous occasions.

Lloyd, the first player to score in six consecutive Women’s World Cup matches, also failed to complete a hattrick after dragging a controversial penalty wide of the post.

Sunday’s comfortable win secures the USWNT a place in the round of 16.

Meanwhile, Chile has now lost both of its two group games and will hope for a better result in its final fixture against Thailand, who were beaten 5-1 by Sweden earlier on Sunday.

US women’s soccer takes down New Zealand, 5-0

US women’s soccer takes down New Zealand, 5-0

ST. LOUIS — The U.S. women’s national team defeated New Zealand 5-0 Thursday night in the second of three Send-off Series games before the 2019 Women’s World Cup begins next month in France.

Utah Royals FC players Kelley O’Hara and Becky Sauerbrunn started for the U.S. while defender Katie Bowen started for New Zealand.

Forward Christen Press came on as a substitute for the U.S. in the 73rd minute.

Tobin Heath opened the scoring for the U.S. in the 35th minute, tapping home a cross from Megan Rapinoe.

 

that @mPinoe cross 🔥
that @TobinHeath finish 👌#SendOffSeries pic.twitter.com/mQ186D7fL4

— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) May 17, 2019

Rose Lavelle scored her seventh goal for the national team in the 40th minute, getting her redirection to sneak in under the crossbar.

we’re sure of it. these two have that magical connection and we’re here for it.@LindseyHoran ➡@roselavelle pic.twitter.com/AJ2ZWmsUqF

— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) May 17, 2019

Carli Lloyd made it 3-0 with her first touch of the game in the 61st minute, collecting a pass from Heath inside the penalty area and slotting the ball past the goalkeeper and inside the right post.

Subs in, scores seconds later. @CarliLloyd with her fourth goal in three consecutive games 🔥pic.twitter.com/6WtKFxnEZw

— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) May 17, 2019

Lloyd added a second goal in the 83rd minute and Samantha Mewis made it 5-0 just one minute later.

Make that 🖐🏼 goals for @CarliLloyd in her last three games. It’s her world and we’re living in it. pic.twitter.com/K0AbqI0Bnh

— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) May 17, 2019

The U.S. will take on Mexico on May 26 in New Jersey in its final warm-up game before heading to France for the World Cup.

The 2019 Women’s World Cup can be seen here on FOX 13, beginning June 7.

The U.S. will open its World Cup campaign against Thailand on June 11 at 1:00 p.m. MDT.

3 Utah Royals called up to US national team for Women’s World Cup

SALT LAKE CITY – Three Utah Royals FC players have been called up to the U.S. national team for the upcoming Women’s World Cup in France, which can be viewed on FOX 13, beginning June 7.

Defenders Kelley O’Hara and Becky Sauerbrunn will be making their third World Cup appearance while forward Christen Press will be appearing in her second World Cup.

O’Hara has 115 caps and two goals for the national team while Sauerbrunn has 155 caps. Press has scored 47 goals in 113 caps.

The U.S. opens the group stage of the tournament on June 11 against Thailand at 1 p.m. MDT in Reims, France.

Along with Thailand, the U.S. will face Chile on June 16 in Paris and Sweden on June 20 in Le Havre, France, in Group F action.

Teams across the National Women’s Soccer League will be missing players, as eight of the league’s nine teams will lose at least one player.

The Portland Thorns, North Carolina Courage and Chicago Red Stars will each lose four while the Royals and Orlando Pride will lose three. Reign FC and Washington Spirit will be missing two players each while Sky Blue FC will lose one.

The 2019 Women’s World Cup runs from June 7 through July 7 and be seen here on FOX 13.