Now We Are On The Way To The 2019 Women’s World Cup Final …
Today is the day — The USA defeated England and sent the Lionesses packing out of the FIFA World Cup and now we advance to the Final. The USA is the only nation to have reached the semifinals of all eight of the FIFA Women’s World Cups since the inaugural tournament in 1991.
Alex Morgan and the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) won a tough match against England in the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ semifinal today, Tuesday, July 2 in front of a packed stadium of 53,512 fans at Stade de Lyon.
This victory secures the USA a record fifth appearance in a FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.
Looking at the entirety of the tournament, it has been a great 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France … especially now as the USA is on their way to competing in the Final this Sunday, after defeating England 2-1 in the must-watch, must-win match that just ended.
“I couldn’t be more proud.”Jill Ellis, U.S. Soccer WNT Head Coach told me media after the Women’s World Cup USA vs England Semifinal match
U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team’s head coach Jill Ellis has proven herself over and over again. This win was the 101st of English-born Jill Ellis at the helm of the USWNT. Only the late Tony DiCicco has earned more, holding the record at 105 wins.
Now the USA only has one more game to win to keep their title of champions. And, yes, while the rest of the world may be catching up with America’s power on the pitch, our women have the remarkable attitude and know that they have to win every game, every 1v1 to make their mark.
It was a close and very physical match between these two countries and a collective sigh of relief when the final whistle blew after seven minutes of stoppage time.
We will face the winner of the semifinal between the Netherlands and Sweden, which takes place this Wednesday.
England will play the loser between the Netherlands and Sweden on Saturday to determine third place victor.
Morgan scored a fabulous goal herself – a perfect gift to herself on her 30th birthday. She is the first player to ever score a goal in the Women’s World Cup on her birthday.
USA’s goalkeeper, Alyssa Naeher made headlines with a hugely important save, denying England a penalty which could have equalized the score in the World Cup semis. The impossibly hard to replace Hope Solo, USA’s former long-time goalkeeper, may have found her match.
NAEHER SAVES!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/h4JqFFLylY— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 2, 2019
After today’s victory over England, the USWNT is now 39-4-6 all-time in World Cup play, outscoring opponents 136-38 in 49 games. According to U.S. Soccer, the 39 wins, 49
England’s Ellen White and Millie Bright both found the back of the next but Bright’s goal was disallowed. Bright earned two Yellow Cards and was sent off with the resulting Red Card in the 86th minute, leaving England to play with 10 women for the balance of the match. USA’s Becky Sauerbrunn also received a yellow card.
USA vs England Scoring Summary:
- USA – Christen Press (Kelley O’Hara) 10th minute
- ENG – Ellen White (Beth Mead) 19
- USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsey Horan) 31
The USA is off to our third consecutive Women’s World Cup Final.
What’s Up Next in the Women’s World Cup:
The women’s soccer action continues Wednesday, July 3, as Sweden, who knocked out Germany to advance, faces the Netherlands with coverage beginning at 2:00 PM ET on FS1.
Fun Facts and Scoring Rundown from U.S. Soccer:
USA – Christen Press (Kelley O’Hara), 10th minute: Tobin Heath drove the ball deep into the England half before pulling up and sending a through-ball down he right side and past a pair of England. Rose Lavelle dummied the ball and it ran to O’Hara, who collected the pass in the right corner and whipped a pin-point cross to the back post where Press powered a line-drive header into the upper left corner. USA 1, ENG 0 [WATCH]
ENG – Ellen White (Beth Mead), 19th minute: Keira Walsh hit a cross-field ball to the left wing for Mead who had time to bring the ball down and curl in a low cross that bounced just in front of the six-yard box. White timed her run perfectly to meet the ball and re-directed a right-footed volley into the right side of the goal for her sixth of the tournament. USA 1, ENG 1 [WATCH]
USA – Alex Morgan (Linsey Horan), 31st minute: Abby Dahlkemper pulled up near the right side of midfield and hit a big switch to Christen Press on the left sideline. Press brought the ball down well and picked out Horan, who took one touch to settle, picked up her head to spot the run of Morgan and lofted a sumptuous cross into the center of the box. Morgan made easy work of the chance, leaping in stride to nod the ball into the left side of the net. USA 2, ENG 1 [WATCH] FINAL
- The USA is 11-4-2 all-time against England.
- Of their last six meetings, five have been decided by a single goal – four wins for the USA and one for England – while one was a 2-2 draw in the previous meeting at the 2019 SheBelieves Cup.
- The U.S. and England had only met one previous time in a World Championship tournament with the USA prevailing 3-0 at the 2007 World Cup in China.
- The U.S. has scored more goals (six) in the opening 15 minutes of matches at the Women’s World Cup than any other team. England was second with four. The USA has scored in the first 15 minutes of each of its World Cup matches.
- The U.S. is unbeaten in its last 16 Women’s World Cup matches (13W-3D), winning the last eleven in a row.
- They are the only team to win 11 consecutive WWC matches, besting Norway’s run from 95 to 99. Six of the USA’s 1a wins have been by multiple-goal margins.
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