A history of the USWNT in the World Cup
The United States Women’s National Team is just two steps away from defending their title at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
The United States takes on England with a spot in the final on the line.
The United States, ranked No. 1 in FIFA’s Women’s World Rankings, won the Women’s World Cup in 2015 and reached the final in 2011, while England, ranked third in the world, has never made the final and had its best finish (third place) in 2015.
Stay tuned for live updates, highlights and analysis as the top-ranked United States continues the quest for its record fourth Women’s World Cup title at Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France.
The United States is going back to the final of the Women’s World Cup for a third straight time. They finished runner-up in 2011 and won it in 2015. They’ll play the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between the Netherlands and Sweden after defeating England 2-1 in Lyon, France.
Alex Morgan scored the game-winner, though Alyssa Naeher made the game-saving stop with a penalty save in the 83rd minute. Morgan’s goal came on her 30th birthday and she celebrated with a tea-sipping move in reference to the Boston Tea Party, a key event in America’s fight for independence against Great Britain.
Christen Press scored the first goal, while Ellen White drew England level at 1-1 before Morgan’s 31st minute goal that ended up being the decisive blow.
England’s Millie Bright was shown a red card for her second yellow in the 86th minute that left England with 10 players for the final minutes.
We’re getting seven minutes of stoppage time. The U.S leads 2-1.
Millie Bright is shown her second yellow on a studs-up tackle on Alex Morgan, and England is down to 10 players for the last few minutes. The U.S. leads 2-1.
VAR (video assistant referee) was used to check and a penalty is awarded to England. Becky Sauerbrunn is given a yellow card. Alysaa Naeher comes up with a huge save on Steph Houghton’s penalty. The England captain goes low left, and Naeher makes a big save. The U.S. is ahead 2-1.
We have a potential penalty as Becky Sauerbrunn ran across and makes contact with Ellen White’s right leg as she wound up to score a game-tying goal for England. It’s 2-1 to the U.S. at the moment.
Two minutes after Lavelle’s injury, England ties the game once again. Or so it seemed. It’s Ellen White scored her seventh 2019 WWC goal to make it 2-2. VAR (video assistant referee) overturned it as White was slightly offside. The U.S. remains ahead 2-1, though the lead is becoming tenuous.
Rose Lavelle, who has played well throughout the match as an integral part to the United States’ attack against England, is substituted after picking up an injury. Sam Mewis is in. The U.S. leads 2-1.
England nearly falls behind by two goals. England keeper Carly Telford gets sloppy in turning it over, Christen Press collects and opts to shoot instead of finding a wide-open Alex Morgan in the penalty box for a tap-in goal. The shot from Press sails wide of the goal. It’s 2-1 to the U.S.
Moments after breaking a 1-1 deadlock, the U.S. nearly gave the lead away. Alyssa Naeher made a save to keep the USWNT up 2-1 in their semifinal against England. The U.S. struck first with Christen Press, playing instead of Megan Rapinoe, scoring in the 10th minute. Ellen White, who leads England’s attack this tournament, scored her sixth 2019 WWC goal nine minutes later. In the 31st minute, Alex Morgan matched White with her sixth 2019 WWC goal, her first since her five-goal game against Thailand to open group play, that gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead. The USWNT has nine shots with four on target compared to England’s three shots and two on target. England holds the edge in possession with 56 percent of the ball.
The second goal was assisted from another player that didn’t start the quarterfinal victory over France. Lindsey Horan delivered that assist to Morgan.
According to multiple reports, Rapinoe is not in the lineup due to a hamstring injury.
Alex Morgan scores for the first time since the USWNT’s opening match against Thailand. It comes after a deep diagonal switch from center back Abby Dahlkemper. She starts the play as it finds Christen Press, who controls and feeds Lindsey Horan. Horan then turns and immediately lobs a cross that finds Morgan’s head for the go-ahead goal. It’s 2-1 to the U.S. on Morgan’s sixth goal, tying her with White in the golden boot race.
A Beth Mead slip saves the U.S. from possibly falling behind. The England winger fell as she made a move with the U.S. frantically trying to defend in the penalty box. A few moments later, Becky Sauerbrunn nearly has an own goal on a clearance resulting in an England corner. That corner goes out of play. It’s 1-1.
Tobin Heath lobs a ball into the box and Alex Morgan crashes to the ground as the ball squirts out to Rose Lavelle, who cracks a shot on goal. It’s saved. The USWNT has had more shots and less of possession so far. We’re still tied 1-1.
And we’re tied. England gets the equalizer with Ellen White’s sixth goal of the 2019 Women’s World Cup. It comes when Beth Mead finds White on a cross and White gets separation for a one-time shot from close range. It’s 1-1.
Just like they’ve done all tournament, the United States scores a goal in the first 12 minutes of a Women’s World Cup match. And it’s Christen Press, starting in place of Megan Rapinoe, who scores the goal. It’s her first 2019 WWC goal. It comes when Tobin Heath sends a pass that Rose Lavelle dummies to find Kelley O’Hara, who whips a cross to the back post where Press was left unmarked and she headed it in. It’s 1-0 for the USWNT.
Tobin Heath darts down the right wing, beats her marker and earns a corner. Missing Rapinoe means missing her service on corners and free kicks. Rose Lavelle steps up, whips in a cross and the USWNT has several chances that are thwarted through blocks before Alex Morgan drills a shot over the goal. The U.S. has started fast once again, just haven’t found the goal. They’ve scored inside 12 minutes in every Women’s World Cup match so far.
Big news before the game as the USWNT released its lineup and Megan Rapinoe is not among the starters. Rapinoe scored both goals in the United States’ 2-1 victory against tournament host France in last week’s quarterfinals. That came on the heels of her being in the spotlight for her White House comments that drew President Donald Trump’s response.
Rapinoe, who has five goals including all four of the U.S. goals in the knockout round, is replaced in the lineup at left wing with Christen Press, while Lindsey Horan returns to the midfield after coming off the bench against France. Horan replaces Sam Mewis. The rest of the USWNT’s Starting XI remains unchanged.