Fuel Soccer Talk: USMNT falls to Jamaica; U-20 team rallies to knock off France; Women’s World Cup – where and how to watch

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USMNT Falls 1-0 to Jamaica in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Men’s National Team dropped a 1-0 result to Jamaica in Washington, D.C. in its first visit to Audi Field in the nation’s capital.

The USMNT began with a strong opening 10 minutes in which they created their best opportunity of the half when Paul Arriola got around the corner of the Jamaica defense and served in a dangerous cross that Josh Sargent got his head on, but the ball skirted just wide of the back left post.

At the other end, goalkeeper Zack Steffen recovered from an early slip to make a pair of saves and cut out some probing crosses in a solid display that helped steady the U.S. defense when Jamaica’s speed unsettled the back line.

Steffen continued his impressive play early in the second half, making a strong save to deny a transition opportunity for the visitors. However, there was nothing the Europe-bound ‘keeper could do on the hour mark when Shamar Nicholson created space for himself near the top right corner of the U.S. penalty area before arching a powerful drive across the goal frame and into the top left corner for what proved the deciding goal.

After head coach Gregg Berhalter began using his substitutions on the night, the USMNT found better offensive footing as the introduction of wingers Jonathan Amon and Joe Gyau as well as central midfielder Duane Holmes, making his international debut, added speedy legs out wide and some sand paper in the middle of the pitch. The fresh faces helped create a flurry of opportunities around the 75-minute mark, the best of which fell to Sargent, but his shot from the right side of the box skewed wide.

Sargent was stifled a final time in the waning moments of the match when he corralled a long-range shot and put one of his own on target, but Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake got a hand down just in time to turn the ball outside the right post and preserve the 1-0 result for the visitors.

What did we learn about the USMNT team based on this game?

U-20 World Cup: U.S. shocks France 3-2 to clinch quarterfinal spot

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland (June 4, 2019)—In scorching temperatures and high humidity, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team shocked tournament favorite France with a 3-2 comeback victory at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. A double from Sebastian Soto, who is now tied for second in the Golden Boot race with four goals, and a late game-winner from Justin Rennicks made the USA the only nation to have qualified for the last three U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals.

After battling France in 86 degree heat and 30-plus percent humidity, the U.S. will have three days to recuperate before tackling Ecuador in Saturday’s quarterfinal at 11:30 a.m. ET in Gdynia, Poland. The game will be broadcast on the FS2 and the Universo family of networks.

The Equalizer

USA – Sebastian Soto (Tim Weah), 74th minute: A nice passage of play from the U.S. saw the ball advanced up the left sideline before Uly Llanez dribbled infield and passed to Weah at the top of the France box. As defenders closed in, Weah slipped the perfect pass to Soto on the last defender’s back shoulder and Soto once again finished with aplomb, smashing the ball past the goalkeeper for his fourth tally of the tournament. USA 2, FRA 2 [WATCH]

The Winner

USA – Justin Rennicks, 83rd minute: The U.S. won the ball in midfield and worked it to Weah with a few passes. With a sight at goal, Weah tried a shot from 30 yards out that was blocked by a defender. The loose ball rolled to Dest, who also tried his luck from long range coming up the right wing. The driven shot forced a diving save from France goalkeeper Alban Lafont, but he did not push the ball to safety and Rennicks rushed in alone to smash the rebound into the back of the net for the game winner. USA 3, FRA 2 [WATCH] FINAL

What does the US side have to do better to win the whole thing?

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: What to watch in France

Twenty-two of the 52 World Cup games will air on Fox’s flagship broadcast network, the most women’s World Cup games on over-the-air TV in American history. Twenty-seven will air on Fox Sports 1, and three will air on Fox Sports 2.
If the U.S. national team wins its group and makes the final, all of their games except one — the Round of 16 contest — are slated to be broadcast on Fox’s network. Other notable group-stage games on over-the-air Fox include England-Scotland on June 9, Germany-Spain and France-Norway on June 12, Australia-Brazil on June 13, and Netherlands-Canada on June 20. In the knockout rounds, Fox will air two rounds of 16 games, two quarterfinals, one semifinal, the third-place game and the final. Fox Sports 1 will carry the other contests.
Philadelphia Union play-by-play announcer JP Dellacamera, the most decorated of all American soccer broadcasters, will be Fox’s lead voice of U.S. women’s national team games. He’ll be joined by former U.S. national team midfielder Aly Wagner, his broadcast partner for the past few years.


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