The United States women’s national soccer team (USWNT) has done the impossible! Again. After four Women’s World Cup titles, as well as four Olympic gold medals, and a whole lot more, The Stars and Stripes is about as winning a team as it gets. Before a crowd of nearly 60,000 raving football (soccer) fans, the Stade de Lyon was the site of the 2019 matches. Megan Rapinoe garnering both the Golden Ball (tournament’s best player) and the Golden Boot (top scorer).
On Wednesday, along the Canyon of Heroes along Broadway from the Battery to City, at 10:30 AM, NYC Mayor DeBlasio will honor The Stars and Stripes with a ticker-tape parade. To quote our Mayor, “On and off the field, this team represents what’s best about New York City and our nation…The confidence, grit, and perseverance of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team serve as an inspiration to all who watch them.” Unfortunately, there are limited tickets, and what was available was sold out within minutes.
Nowadays, soccer is IT. Girls and boys of all ages love the game, a sport once referred to as “The Beautiful Game” by Brazilian soccer master, Pelé. Football, or soccer, as we Americans like to uniquely call it, is the globe’s top sport, with over four billion fans! So, winning this women’s competition is about as big a deal as it gets in sports.
Sorry Heisman Trophy and Stanley Cup and World Series winners; your achievements are no less great, but the fact is, more people care about soccer than any other sport in the world. Especially today. And, especially among the younger generations, from Generation X on down.
Highlights from the final match: Ali Krieger, veteran defender, took the place of Kelley O’Hara, a right back removed from the game after being knocked with some force. Second-Half goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle sealed the deal. Rapinoe became the most senior player, at 34 years, to score in a World Cup, ending Carli Lloyd’s place holding this honor. Rose Lavelle basically ran the ball up the field herself, driving fast and hard, scoring the Goal with a well-placed shot to the bottom right corner of the goal.
2019 was the third time The Stars and Stripes didn’t trail at all during the course of the matches. The most recent FIFA World Cup matches witnessed a US team that was unstoppable, winning 12 games consecutively, the only team to have done this. The USWNT has a sterling record of 40-4-6 for all-time World Cup matches; another record.
The FIFA Women’s’ World Cup France 2019™; consisted of sixteen matches. Italy played China PR, and Italy won; Netherlands faced off against Japan and the Netherlands was the winner; the Germany and Nigeria contest emerged with Germany as the winner; Sweden versus Canada, and Sweden won. From there, Italy faced off against Netherlands, and the Netherlands team won. The Germany and Sweden match-up ended with Sweden winning. The Netherlands faced the US in the final contest.
Norway and Australia resulted in a win for Norway; England and Cameroon tested one another, and England was the victor. France versus Brazil led to France as the winner; Spain versus the USA led to a win by The Stars and Stripes. The USA team then faced France, and won. Norway versus England led to a loss for Norway. And finally, England versus the USA led to the US being placed in the final round.
The twenty-three team members on the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and their positions, are as follows: Alyssa Naeher, GK; Ashlyn Harris, GK; Adrianna Franch, GK; Becky Sauerbrunn, DF; Kelley O’Hara, DF; Abby Dahlkemper, DF; Ali Krieger, DF; Tierna Davidson, DF; Emily Sonnett, DF; Crystal Dunn, DF; Sam Mewis, MF; Morgan Brian, MF; Julie Ertz, MF; Lindsey Horan, MF; Rose Lavelle, MF; Allie Long, MF; Mallory Pugh, FW; Carli Lloyd (co-captain), FW; Alex Morgan (co-captain), FW; Megan Rapinoe (co-captain), FW; Tobin Heath, FW; Jessica McDonald, FW; and Christen Press, FW.
by Christi A.