Fuel Soccer Talk: Here we go – US kicks off World Cup; US is must-see in France: Canada scores opening win

An All World Cup edition – naturally

World Cup: US begins 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup vs. Thailand

The U.S. Women’s National Team comes into the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 7-1-2 record this year. Eight of those 10 matches came against teams that are also competing in France. The U.S. team arrived in France on June 7 after a 10-day pre-World Cup camp spent at the spectacular Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre in North London. The opening game of the World Cup will mark the 121st game on the bench for U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, tying her for second all-time in most games coached with the late Tony DiCicco.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 21/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 46/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 40/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 20/1); Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 85/24), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 100/1), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 118/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 158/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 33/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 82/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 82/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 68/8), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 27/7), Allie Long (Reign FC; 45/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 50/12)

FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 150/30); Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 274/110), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 7/2), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 163/101), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 116/48), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 53/16), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 153/44)

What do expect from the US team on opening night? 

US team expecting sellout crowds in group stage matches

FIFA announced that all three of the USA’s group stage matches are expected to be sellouts, starting with the game on Tuesday, June 11 at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims which has a capacity of 21,127. The USA will then play Chile in Paris at Parc des Princes which seats 47,929 and take on Sweden on June 20 in Le Havre at Stade Océane , which seats 25,181 people.

The USA has never lost a Women’s World Cup opener, but it hasn’t won them all either. In the previous seven Women’s World Cups, the USA has won five openers and drawn two (in 2007 in China against North Korea and in 1995 in a wild 3-3 draw with China PR. The USA opened the 2015 Women’s World Cup with a 3-1 victory against Australia.

The USA and Thailand have met just once, that coming after the 2016 Olympics in what was the farewell game for U.S. legend Heather O’Reilly. The USA won 9-0 on a chilly night in Columbus, Ohio as O’Reilly scored in her swansong. The USA also got a hat trick from Carli Lloyd (with her first coming in the first minute, and she also recorded four assists that game), and goals from Christen Press, Tobin Heath, Crystal Dunn and two in the last four minutes plus stoppage from Alex Morgan. Seventeen of the 18 U.S. players who played in that match are in the 2019 World Cup Team.

Canada opens with 1-0 win over Cameroon in World Cup

Canada took an early lead in Group C at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup after opening their tournament with a 1-0 win over Cameroon at the Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier, France. The No. 5-ranked favourites got the better of Cameroon—making their second World Cup appearance—after Kadeisha Buchanan headed in the only goal of the game. Group E opponents New Zealand and the Netherlands will meet on Tuesday to find out whether either of those contenders can keep up with the early pace-setters.



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