Team USA looks to defend its crown as it takes on The Netherlands in the final match of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Though the Stars and Stripes steamrolled competition early and exhibited their strength as a soccer powerhouse with their 13-0 win over Thailand and 3-0 win over Chile in the group round, Team USA faced tougher challengers as it moved deeper into the tourney.
The U.S. won Group F (3-0-0, 9 pts.), before facing and defeating Spain, France and England in order en route to the championship game.
The Netherlands made its first ever appearance in the tournament semifinals after it won Group E (3-0-0, 9 pts.). Then they defeated Japan, Italy and Sweden in the round of 16, the quarterfinals and the semifinals, respectively.
Now, The Netherlands is set for its first ever appearance in the Women's World Cup Final, an impressive feat considering the nation had never qualified for the tournament prior to the 2015 Women's World Cup.
HOW TO WATCH THE 2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP FINAL: USA vs. THE NETHERLANDS
Who: Team USA vs. The Netherlands
What: 2019 FIFA World Cup Final
When: Sunday, July 7
Time: 11 a.m. ET
Where: Stade de Lyon, Lyon, France
TV Channel: FOX
Stream Online: Watch the World Cup on fuboTV.
- Consistent: Once the U.S. got to the knockout stage of the tournament, it defeated each of its opponents 2-1.
- Saving the Day: Alyssa Naeher became the first U.S. goalkeeper to save a penalty kick (non-shootout) when she blocked a shot from England's Steph Houghton to ensure Team USA's 2-1 victory in the semifinals match on Tuesday.
- Oh Captain: Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, two of the Team USA captains, have a combined 11 goals in the tournament so far. Though Rapinoe missed the semifinals match due to a hamstring injury, she said she'd be back for the finals match.
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Coming out of an international break for World Cup qualifying, there is plenty of news and notes coming out of the Premier League.
Here's the latest news coming from across the pond:
Tottenham Hotspur: Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso has been ruled out for at least six weeks with a groin injury he sustained during the international break while playing for Argentina. He originally played down the incident, insisting it was just a precautionary measure. The Real Betis midfielder, who's on a season-long loan to Spurs will now be out until at least the end of October, according to a team statement
Tottenham Hotspur: A bit of good news from Hotspur Way as 17-year-old striker Troy Parrott has been making waves all summer on the Republic of Ireland's U-23 side. He provided a last-minute assist in a preseason win over Juventus. With Lo Celso's injury, Parrott could soon emerge as a substitute option for Spurs.
Newcastle United: F Andy Carroll was involved with first-team training as he prepares to return from ankle surgery. Barring any setbacks, it shouldn't be more than a month before he's able to return to the pitch. "Andy, we'll have to still be patient," said manager Steve Bruce. "However, for the first time, he joined in with the group to a degree. He only took part in half of the session, non-contact, but it's good to see him out kicking a ball again. I always knew that it would be towards the end of this month, and halfway through the next month."
Source: NBC Sports Rotoworld
The latest news and notes from around the Premier League:
Arsenal: Midfielder Granit Xhaka admits he has been playing through the pain barrier for a "few weeks" following his enforced withdrawal against Gibraltar on Sunday.
Burnley: Chelsea loanee, Danny Drinkwater was injured in a non-related football incident which left him with an ankle injury. The specifics are still a little unclear, although it seems that Drinkwater was targeted by several men outside of a nightclub after he was ejected following an altercation.
Manchester City: After suffering a serious knee injury in Man City's 4-0 victory over Brighton, Aymeric Laporte has undergone surgery. His injury was diagnosed as a cartilage tear with lateral meniscus damage. The defender is likely to miss the remaining fo the 2019 season.
Manchester United: Right-back Diogo Dalot spent ten days in China to undergo treatment from "Miracle Doctor" Eduardo Santos.
West Ham United: Striker Chicharito has joined Sevilla on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee.
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