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Fuel Soccer Talk: U.S. improves to 2-0 at World Cup; News & Notes from France; Solo’s take

U.S. Women roll over Chile in dominating performance

PARIS, FRANCE – The U.S. Women’s National Team continued its 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign with a dominant 3-0 victory against Chile in front of wildly pro-American crowd of 45,594 fans at Parc des Princes. In a record-breaking performance, forward Carli Lloyd notched two goals to become the first player in tournament history to score in six consecutive games. Midfielder Julie Ertz also scored for the U.S. while 20-year-old defender Tierna Davidson, the youngest U.S. player to start a World Cup match since 1995, picked up two assists, both off corner kicks.

In the day’s other Group F match, Sweden defeated Thailand 5-1 in Nice. The USA (2-0-0; 6 points) currently tops the group due to a super goal difference, followed by Sweden (2-0-0; 6 points), Chile (0-2-0; 0 points) and Thailand (0-2-0; 0 points).

U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made seven changes from the starting lineup against Thailand on June 11, as defenders Becky Sauerbrunn, Tierna Davidson and Ali Krieger, midfielder Morgan Brian, and forwards Christen Press, Lloyd and Mallory Pugh all earned their first starts of this World Cup.

FULL RECAP

What impressed you most about the win over Chile?

U.S. Women’s World Cup: News & Notes

  • While U.S. coach Jill Ellis made seven changes to the starting XI from last game, Julie Ertz also played a different position, moving to defensive midfielder from center back.
  • The USA had three players make their World Cup debut: Jessica McDonald, Allie Long and Emily Sonnett.
  • Carli Lloyd’s 10 World Cup goals move her into sole possession of third place on the USA’s all-time World Cup goal scorer list, behind only Michelle Akers (12) and Abby Wambach (14).
  • Lloyd’s goals gave her scores in six consecutive World Cup matches dating to the final four games of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, breaking the record of Germany’s Brigit Prinz who scored in five straight at the 2003 tournament in the USA.
  • At 36 years 11 months, Lloyd is the oldest player to score more than once in a single Women’s World Cup game, overtaking Cristiane’s record set by the Brazilian in this year’s tournament against Jamaica (34 years, 25 days).
  • Lloyd donned the captain’s armband, the fifth time she has captained the team in a World Cup. She was captain for four games in the 2015 tournament.
  • Lloyd earned her 20th World Cup cap, pushing her to sixth all-time in World Cup matches for the USA and passing Christie Pearce and Brianna Scurry. She is the 14th player from any country to reach 20 WWC appearances.

Which players had the strongest games?

Hope Solo gives her take on U.S. celebrations

Former U.S. goalie Hope Solo, who is spending the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup as a guest columnist for The Guardian, had her take on the U.S. women’s national team’s celebrations during a 13-0 drubbing of Thailand in the opener.

She didn’t exactly have her former teammate’s backs. But the outspoken keeper has never held back when it comes to giving her opinions – and that’s why The Guardian hired her to write columns. She called the celebrations ‘a little overboard.’

“It was tough for me to watch some of the US goal celebrations – which have come under criticism – considering the scoreline,” Solo wrote. “You do want the game to be celebrated and you do want to see players having fun but at the same time I thought some of the celebrations were a little overboard.

“A few seemed planned out and I do know some players spend a lot of time thinking about celebrations for the fans. It’s not always necessary. We haven’t won the World Cup yet. My favorite celebrations capture the rawness of the moment and are filled with spontaneous emotion. When that happens you actually see how much passion there is in the sport and how much pride the players have.”

What surprises you about Solo’s comments?

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