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USWNT and the 2019 Women’s World Cup

Candice Blundo | July 8, 2019
Women's World Cup 2019

Update 7/8/2019: They’ve done it once again – the United States Women’s National Team is the world’s best for the fourth time in history and the second time in a row. The American’s claimed the Women’s World Cup Championship title Sunday after a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands.

The game was scoreless at halftime despite the USWNT coming close to scoring several times within the first 45 minutes. A penalty kick was awarded on the one-hour mark after forward Alex Morgan was dangerously taken down in the box. After confirmation via Video Assistant Referee, Megan Rapinoe finished it carefully for the winning goal.

Just eight minutes later, Rose Lavelle worked her magic with a great run from near midfield, cutting at the top of the box and finishing with her left foot to make it a 2-0 game.

Billie Jean King said it best in a tweet following the team’s win. “Congratulations to the USWNT on their 4th World Cup win! These athletes have brought more attention, support & pride to women’s sports than perhaps any other team in history,” she stated. “It is long past time to pay them what they rightly deserve.”

The team will return stateside for a much-deserved celebration as their battle for equal pay persists.

Original Article: The US Women’s National Team have proved their grit and remain a favorite to take it all in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, making headlines with a 13-0 victorious debut against Thailand on Day 5 of the tournament.

The shutout heard ‘round the world broke several records including the most goals scored by a team in a World Cup match – men’s or women’s, the largest margin of victory in a World Cup match, most individual goal scorers in a single Women’s World Cup match, and a tie for most goals scored by a player in a World Cup match.

In 2015, the USWNT claimed the FIFA World Cup Champion title after a 5-2 win over defending champs Japan, making history as the first team to win three Women’s World Cup titles. If there’s anything we can expect from this team it’s headline-making, record-smashing triumphs.

With dominating possession and a list of historic defeats already in the books, it’s easy to imagine this this year’s World Cup victory will be theirs as well- but the 2019 World Cup isn’t the only battle the USWNT is facing these days. While they may have come out of the gate strong on Tuesday, their biggest fight is continuing to take place off the field.

Just three months ago, 28 of the team’s members filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation, citing gender discrimination. Despite achieving far greater success in international competitions compared to that of their male counterparts, the USWNT continues to receive lower pay.

Even with a lawsuit looming overhead, the USWNT continues their reign over the field. Is their record-breaking debut a sign of things to come? With on-field victories and off-field activism, they just might have what it takes to win it all.

Updates & Highlights:

The Latest:

US vs. England

No Rapinoe, no problem. The USWNT defeated England 2-1 in a close match on Tuesday, July 2 without star forward Megan Rapinoe included in the starting lineup. The team will advance to the 2019 Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday, where they will face the winner of the Netherlands and Sweden.

The win over England marks the Americans’ 11 consecutive match in Women’s World Cup play, owning the record for the longest winning streak in the tournament. The win also makes the US team the first country to reach the WWC final three consecutive times.

The USWNT will charge the field Sunday, July 7 in a battle for the championship title. Stay tuned for highlights and more!

Previous Matches:

US vs. Chile

The USWNT advances after a 3-0 victory over Chile in match Day 2 of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup! The US continued its World Cup winning streak in front of another sold out crowd on Sunday, dominating possession and securing a combined total of 26 shots, with Chile only seeing the ball for 28% of the match.

Despite leaving out some star players (including Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, and Megan Rapinoe), the USWNT that took the field came out of the gate strong, maintaining their control to the very end, with captain Carli Lloyd scoring a pair of goals and narrowly missing a third to lock in the victory.

US vs. Sweden

Another W in the books for the USWNT, who defeated No. 9 ranked Sweden with 2-0 in their final group stage match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The US, seeking a bit a revenge since losing to Sweden in the 2016 Olympics, started off strong with an early goal Lindsey Horan.

It didn’t take long for Sweden to find their footing, though, with the team looking dangerous on the counterattack. After some back-and-forth play, the US took a 1-0 lead heading into the break. The Americans would not get back on the board until the second half, when a long ball was played into the box for Tobin Heath, who inched in closed enough to get it into the net. After some review, the tally was marked as an own goal, becoming the 18th goal of the tournament for the US And setting a record for most goals by a single team in the group stage of the tournament.

US vs. Spain

The USWNT will advance to the quarterfinal round of the tournament following a 2-1 victory over Spain. Spain came at the US quickly, garnering their first good chance on a goal just seconds into the match. A solid rebound came in, but US defender Beck Sauerbrunn swiftly headed the ball away. A penalty kick from star forward Megan Rapinoe hit the bottom left corner of the net as Spain’s goalie dove in the opposite direction.

Spain kept the fight alive, evening the score just a few minutes later with Jennifer Hermoso moving the ball into the box and firing off a top corner hit to tie the match. Both teams fought back-and-forth throughout the first half, with the US outshooting Spain 6-2, entering the half time tied at one goal apiece. The second half saw the battle continue until the 76th minute when Rapinoe converted a second penalty kick after US midfielder Rose Lavelle was taken down. In the end, the US outshot Spain 10-4 and held 56% of possession, though it was a close call all around, especially with the US having been fouled by Spain players 18 times, two of which led to direct goals.

US vs. France

The US team will advance to the semi-finals following a 2-1 victory over France on June 28. The USWNT won their 10th consecutive match at a Women’s World Cup, tying a record set by Norway between 1995 and 1999. The team was convincing in Friday’s win thanks to precise defense throughout the first half, managing to keep France without a shot on target and off the scoreboard.

The second half saw them stumble a bit, but the team still showed a strong defensive force that can only come from World Cup champions. France squeezed in a single goal, becoming only the second goal allowed by the USWNT throughout the entire tournament.

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