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2019 Women's World Cup: USA vs. France, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

2019 Women's World Cup: USA vs. France, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

After pulling off a 2-1 victory over an opportunistic Spanish squad thanks to Megan Rapinoe's two penalty kicks, the US Women's National Team will face their toughest task yet at the Women's World Cup.

Host nation France is looking to join their brother squad to become the first two men's and women's sides from the same country to win the World Cup simultaneously. France defeated a tired Brazil squad thanks to captain Amandine Henry's extra-time goal, and are looking to upset the No. 1 team in the FIFA rankings en route to their first World Cup trophy.

And they've proved capable of that daunting task. Team USA's only loss for the 2019 calendar year came to France at a friendly in Le Havre, 3-1. Since then, the U.S. has gone undefeated, and France only has one loss, 1-0 to Germany in a friendly in Laval.

With the biggest match of the tournament yet for both squads looming, Team USA is hoping the intensified pressure of the press and fans will be too much for the French to handle.

HOW TO WATCH THE 2019 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: USA vs. FRANCE

Who: Team USA vs. France
What: Quarterfinal, Women's World Cup
When: Friday, June 28
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Where: Parc des Princes, Paris, France
TV Channel: FOX
Stream Online: Watch the World Cup on fuboTV.

FUN FACTS:

  • Groundhog Day?: The last time the USWNT faced France in the Women's World Cup was the 2011 semifinals. Team USA won 3-1, and this will be only the second meeting between the two squads at the Women's World Cup. 
  • Consistently excellent: The U.S. has reached the quarterfinal stage in every iteration of the World Cup dating back to the first one in 1991. The only other squad to accomplish that feat is Germany.

QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE

Norway vs. England, Thurs. 6/27, 3 p.m. ET, Fox

USA vs. France, Fri. 6/28, 3 p.m. ET, Fox

Italy vs. Netherlands, Sat. 6/29, 9 a.m. ET, FoxSports 1

Germany vs. Sweden. Sat. 6/29, 12:30 p.m. ET, FoxSports 1

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Premier League Roundup: Sheffield United avoids injury scare from Callum Robinson

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Premier League Roundup: Sheffield United avoids injury scare from Callum Robinson

Two weeks into the Premier League season and there's already been a little bit of everything on the pitch. Teams are prepping for Matchday 3 and are having to navigate some early season injuries before getting there. 

Here are the latest news and notes surrounding the Premier League:

Team/Player News

Brighton & Hove Albion: Striker Tomer Hemed has departed for Championship side Charlton Athletic. The Israel international has been on the books at Albion for four seasons, scoring 33 times in 108 appearances for the club. He was a key part of Brighton's Championship squads, scoring in double figures for two seasons as they won promotion at the second attempt, though his game time has been limited since they made it to the top tier.

Chelsea: Full-back Davide Zappacosta has joined Roma on loan until January, with the deal including the option to extend the loan until the end of the year.    
Zappacosta saw his role reduce when Maurizio Sarri took control of the club, seeing just 125 minutes of league action during the 2018-19 season. Chelsea has also extended Zappacosta's contract through the 2022 season. 

Manchester City: There were concerns when Oleksandr Zinchenko went down clutching the back of his left thigh on Saturday (vs. Tottenham). However, after a brief pause in play, Zinchenko was cleared on-field to continue, and he completed 90 minutes. Speaking to CityTV after the match, he confirmed. "It was just a cramp. Everything is okay." 

Once again they could be without their center back John Stones who missed City's last match. City released a statement before their Tottenham tie on their revealing that Stones had "suffered a rectus femoris strain" which would keep him out of the match. Nicolas Otamendi was handed a recall, and the Argentine could continue at Bournemouth on Sunday as the thigh problem is likely to rule Stones out of game week three as well. "He has a muscular problem," Pep said in his post-match press conference. "A week to ten days [before he can return to play]."

There is good injury news though as defender Benjamin Mendy has returned to training for the first time since a long-term knee injury. He'll like have to battle Zinchenko for a starting spot as the Ukrainian has established himself as Pep Guardiola's first-choice left-back.

Sheffield United: The Republic of Ireland international, Callum Robinson, limped off with a muscular problem before the hour mark on Sunday, and there were fears that he could be set for spell out. But Robinson moved quickly to quell those fears by insisting he will be ready for the visit of Leicester citing fatigue and hamstring tightness. Robinson has been the preferred attacking partner of Dave McGoldrick in the first two games, but Chris Wilder would have no hesitation in selecting Oli McBurnie who is eager to impress following his arrival from Swansea. "You’ve seen a glimpse of what Oli offers you today, and I think everyone is excited," the United boss said post-match.

Source: NBC Sports Rotoworld

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Why USWNT hero Rose Lavelle almost quit soccer as a teenager

Why USWNT hero Rose Lavelle almost quit soccer as a teenager

Washington Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle joined Roger Bennett and Michael Davies for a live edition of their podcast Men in Blazers at the British Embassy on Monday.

Introduced as the player whose saucy nutmeg in the semifinal would be something England could never recover from, Lavelle discussed the afterglow of the World Cup win, how she fell in love with soccer and tweeting.

One moment that changed her course in soccer was getting cut from the Olympic Development Program at 13. The coach that cut her ended up being her coach at the University of Wisconsin, and that moment solidified her desire to move further up in the program.

"I had wanted to quit and my mom was like 'you have to finish the year,'" she said. "And then I got cut and she was like 'alright you can quit' and I was like 'NO!'

"I think I learn a lot more from the lows in my life than the highs and I feel like that's one of the moments I learned a lot about myself," Lavelle added.

The highlight of her time with the Men in Blazers was when she dramatically read some of her favorite tweets, in which she philosophizes about "canine obesity, parallel parking and the challenges of having to put on jeans two days in a row," according to Davies.

She started with the pressure of parallel parking in front of an onlooker.

"A lot goes into it [tweeting] but I have to make sure that the wording's right," Lavelle said. "It's kind of like a college paper just a lot less words. That's how much work goes into it."

Next, she lamented the fact that dogs can't consume chocolate without getting sick.

Lavelle has a dog of her own, a bulldog named Wilma Jean Wrinkles, who has her own Instagram account and lives in Cincinnati with her parents. (Wilma Jean Wrinkles was recently profiled in our Pro Pets series.)

Her final tweet was about her concerns on airplane etiquette.

"Here's what I love about your social media," Bennett said. "The Rose Lavelle as a football player on the field and the Rose Lavelle on social media are one and the same."

You can watch Lavelle's appearance on the Men In Blazers podcast on September 15 on NBC Sports Network as part of their Premier League coverage.

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