Women's World Cup fan diary: USA vs France

Women's World Cup fan diary: USA vs France

The biggest game of the Women's World Cup has arrived. The US Women's National Team take on host-nation France in the quarterfinals in a game deemed #LeGrandMatch.

The match is set to start at 3 p.m. on Fox at the Parc de Princes in Paris.

France gave the USWNT their only defeat of the calendar year, a 3-1 friendly loss in Le Havre. To make it to the quarterfinals, France defeated Brazil in extra time thanks to an Amandine Henry strike, and the USWNT survived a scare against Spain thanks to two converted penalty kicks from Megan Rapinoe.

The winner will take on England on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

The USWNT has already requested that fans in the States take the day off from work, and have included a nifty video and letter for workers to give to their bosses and supervisors.

NBC Sports Washington will be downtown at Mackey's Pub with the D.C. chapter of the American Outlaws and fans who are skipping work to bring you as close to Paris, France as we can without crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Come join us!


Team USA is going with the same lineup they used against Spain in their first game of the knockout round.

No comment from fans yet on coach Jill Ellis not changing her lineup, but Washington Spirit’s own Rose Lavelle will be in the midfield.

Get your merch!

The American Outlaws are out in force in the basement of Mackey’s and have scarves and shirts for sale.

In enemy territory

Jeremie and Rachel couldn't get into the French Embassy's World Cup watch party and are bravely wearing Paul Pogba and Thierry Henry's numbers.


Megan Rapinoe slots in a free kick and the fans are going bonkers in the basement!

Good luck charm

Sydney Leroux Dwyer's new daughter may be the good luck the USWNT needs. Her daughter Roux James was born this morning and has already witnessed a USA goal.

Enemy territory part deux

TF1 French TV is also out and about covering the game and they're here interviewing USA fans about their perspective on the team tonight.

Full capacity

The hottest happy hour this afternoon in D.C. appears to be Mackey's. We've reached standing room only right before half time.

Fuel up

In the words of former Caps bench boss Barry Trotz, "gotta hydrate." In this case, fans are using the break at half time to grab a bite to eat and hydrate on beer and soda.

46': Close but no cigar

Mackey's is ready to erupt after Tobin Heath's corner kick doesn't get into the net.

57': Heartstopper

France nearly converts off a cross from the end line, but with a few audible gasps and fans covering their mouths, the USWNT comes out unscathed. Nervy few moments.

62': Will you take this Rose?

Washington's Rose Lavelle is out and Lindsey Horan comes in, and Mackey's is thrilled with Lavelle's effort.

65': Put them away

Megan Rapinoe puts home a volley and Mackey's goes full-throated on the USA chants!

"Pinoe is now the President of the United States. I don't make the rules," said one fan.

Wikipedia clearly agrees.

75': VAR strikes again

Tobin Heath slots one in, but it's ruled off-side and there's no VAR review. Displeasure courses through every fan's veins.

80': The empire strikes back

Wendie Renard converts off a header to make it 2-1, but Carli Lloyd comes in for Sam Mewis and the fans are loving the substitution.

88': Keep up the PRESSure

Rapinoe is off after contributing a brace, and Christen Press comes on to close the game out. Mackey's has become eerily quiet as they wait out the clock through 90' and five minutes of stoppage time.

90'+5: GAME OVER

Au revoir France! USWNT pull off the win, and the Mackey's faithful will see another game as Team USA take on England Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Postgame: Pay your dues

Alexi Lalas bet big on France beating the USWNT. Never bet against them again.


Premier League Roundup: Everton's André Gomes sidelined indefinitely

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Premier League Roundup: Everton's André Gomes sidelined indefinitely

As teams around the world prepare for the start of Champions League play, the Premier League continues to ramp up play.

Here are the latest updates from the Premier League:

Player Notes

Everton: Marco Silva said midfielder André Gomes was unable to practice due to a rib injury he sustained in week four. Gomes' status is uncertain for the near future.

Chelsea: 21-year-old forward Tammy Abraham scores a hat trick in Chelsea's 5-2 win over Wolves. Abraham has established himself as Chelsea's top forward, as he has now scored 7 goals on 11 shots over the past three games.

Norwich City: An extensive injury report could not stop the Canaries against Manchester City, as striker Teemu Pukki tallied a goal and an assist. Norwich City now finds itself with two wins and three losses after the historic 3-2 victory over the reigning Premier League champions.

Tottenham Hotspur: Forward Son Heung-min scored twice as the Spurs scorched Crystal Palace for four goals in the first half, blanking Crystal Palace the rest of the way. The well-balanced offensive attack saw six different Tottenham players contribute at least one point.

Liverpool: Midfielder Roberto Firmino impresses off the bench with a late assist to forward Mohamed Salah as Liverpool pulls off the comeback win against Newcastle United. 

Source: Rotoworld

Premier League Roundup: Giovani Lo Celso out at least six weeks

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Premier League Roundup: Giovani Lo Celso out at least six weeks

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:

Player Notes

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