Another tough clash awaits the United States Women’s National Team on Tuesday afternoon as they square off with England for the right to play in the final of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. Tuesday’s match poses yet another big test for the Stars & Stripes after a pedestrian stroll through the group stage.
The U.S. enjoyed a thrilling 2-1 victory over France in the Parc de Prance on Friday evening. Putting the political controversy aside, Megan Rapinoe powered the Lady Yanks into the semifinal with a brace against the host nation.
England have enjoyed good form throughout the tournament, outscoring opponents 11-1 and remaining unbeaten. The Lionesses are led by Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood and Ellen White. Those three women look to send the Stars & Stripes out of the tournament and into the third place match.
- The U.S. is 10-4-2 all-time against England but don’t let those results fool you. The English Football Association dumped a substantial amount of money into the women’s program recently in an effort to catch it up with other power house countries.
- The most recent meeting between the two nations took place at the 2019 SheBelieves Cup. That fixture finished a 2-2 draw with goals from Rapinoe and Tobin Heath for the U.S, and Nikita Parris and Steph Houghton finding the back of the net for England.
- The USWNT is the only nation to have made it to all eight semifinals of the Women’s World Cup.
If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. This has been the recipe for success for the U.S. and it’s unlikely head coach Jill Ellis messes with this formula. Look for the U.S. to still utilize Christen Press and Carli Lloyd off the bench later on in the game but a third substitution will likely be on defense to help “shut up shop.”
How to Watch:
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 2nd 3:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Stream: Fox Sports Go