The Women’s World Cup comes to a close today when the reigning champs take on the Netherlands at 11 a.m. ET. The U.S. Women’s National Team will make an appearance in their third-straight World Cup Final, and are looking to add a fourth star to their crest.
Though this is the final, this will not be the biggest test of the tournament for the USWNT. That came against France, another powerhouse team who gave the U.S. a run for their money last Friday. Since then, they have defeated England in the semifinals, 2-1.
The Netherlands are coming off an overtime 1-0 victory over Sweden in the semifinals. They should not be counted out right away in this final, for they have made it this far in the tournament for a reason. The team rises to big moments, and have a passionate fan base to back them in this, their biggest moment yet.
- The U.S. has scored in the first 12 minutes of every game of the tournament thus far. I don’t expect them to come out of the locker room with any less intensity in this match, so watch for early attacks.
- The USWNT is 6-1-0 all-time against the Netherlands, though has only met the Dutch three times in the 21st century.
There won’t be any major changes to the lineup. This is the final and head coach Jill Ellis isn’t going to hurt her team with any unnecessary changes. Star of the tournament Megan Rapinoe is expected to be back in the lineup after missing the semifinals due to a hamstring strain.
Other than that, the midfield will continue to control the match, looking to break through the Dutch back line and get the forwards the ball. Expect to see Rapinoe on the board once again as well.
How to Watch
Date/Time: Sunday, July 7th 11:00 a.m. ET
Venue: Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France
Stream: Fox Sports Go