World Cup 2019: Game Time – U.S. faces England in semifinal match
Following a spectacular 2-1 victory against host France in Paris last Friday courtesy of two goals from Megan Rapinoe, the U.S. Women’s National Team traveled to Lyon to face England in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Semifinal (TODAY (July 2) 3 p.m. ET; FOX and Telemundo). The other semifinal will see European champion Netherlands take on Sweden on July 3, also in Lyon.
The USA and England played to a 2-2 draw earlier this year during the 2019 SheBelieves Cup on March 2 in Nashville, Tennessee. The quarterfinal match against France was U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ 125th in charge of the USA, giving her the record of most games coached in U.S. history and breaking a tie with April Heinrichs (124).
The USA and England have met 16 times spanning back to 1985.
ENGLAND WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), 21-Mary Earps (Wolfsburg, GER), 13-Carly Telford (Chelsea)
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Lucy Bronze (Olympique Lyon, FRA), 3-Alex Greenwood (Manchester United), 5-Steph Houghton (Manchester City), 6-Millie Bright (Chelsea), 12-Demi Stokes (Manchester City), 14-Leah Williamson (Arsenal), 15-Abbie McManus (McManus), 17-Rachel Daly (Houston Dash, USA)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 4-Keira Walsh (Manchester City), 8-Jill Scott (Manchester City), 16-Jade Moore (Reading), 19-Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), 20-Karen Carney (Chelsea), 23-Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City)
FORWARDS (6): 11-Toni Duggan (Barcelona, ESP), 22-Beth Mead (Arsenal), 7-Nikita Parris (Manchester City), 9-Jodie Taylor (Reign FC, USA), 18-Ellen White (Birmingham City), 10-Fran Kirby (Chelsea)
Why will the U.S. win this game (or lose this game)??
World Cup 2019: England – and what to look for in today’s match
England has some extremely experienced players and is one of the most veteran teams in the world. Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, who grew up in Orange County, Calif., played club for the SoCal Blues and attended Cal State Fullerton, has 81 caps. Usual captain and central defender Steph Houghton has 110 caps with 13 goals while winger Karen Carney is on 143 caps with 32 goals, which is the most international scores on the squad, but she has seen little action in this tournament.
England has a deep and dangerous forward line, with Ellen White (86 caps/33 goals), Toni Duggan (75/22), Jodie Taylor (45/18) and Nikita Paris (39/13). The defensive also includes former UNC Tar Heel Lucy Bronze, who has 73 caps and eight goals.
HOW THEY GOT TO THE SEMIFINAL
England got off to a bit a slow start, but still won Group D handily with a 2-1 victory against Scotland, a 1-0 victory against Argentina and a 2-0 win vs. Japan. The Lionesses amped up their play in the knockout rounds, registering two straight 3-0 wins – over Cameroon and Norway – with forward Ellen White leading the way. She has scored in four of the five matches so far and is tied for the World Cup lead with five goals.
No other player has scored more than one, with single tallies from Nikita Parris (against Scotland), Jodie Taylor (against Argentina), Steph Houghton (against Cameroon), Alex Greenwood (also Cameroon), Jill Scott (against Norway) and Lucy Bronze (against Norway). England has not given up a goal since the first match of the tournament.
World Cup 2019: Rapinoe vs. Bronze is a “golden” matchup
Megan Rapinoe and Lucy Bronze are likely to be matched up against one another in the United States vs. England match on Tuesday. Each are Golden Ball contenders, but only one will get to play in the Women’s World Cup Final.
Here is a look at the match-up:
Which player brings more to the table?
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