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.
Quarterfinal game on Friday at 3pm ET. When so many will be at work.— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 27, 2019
what to do… 🤔
we have something to help with that. pic.twitter.com/DOrYTXyc0m
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.
When the Thierry Henry Jersey doubles as an Amandine Henry jersey. pic.twitter.com/Ys6nZvu8WV— Julia Karron (@jkitsjulia) June 28, 2019
5' CROWD GOES WILD
Megan Rapinoe slots in a free kick and the fans are going bonkers in the basement!
MEGAN RAPINOE GIVES TEAM USA THE LEAD! pic.twitter.com/jUKYZZ5ksA— Julia Karron (@jkitsjulia) June 28, 2019
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.
The hottest happy hour this afternoon in D.C. appears to be Mackey's. We've reached standing room only right before half time.
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.
Mackey’s is ready to explode at this corner kick. Can’t quite convert. pic.twitter.com/EYbsxZ63nh— Julia Karron (@jkitsjulia) June 28, 2019
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 AGAIN. LETS HEAR IT FAM. pic.twitter.com/Q1atkYHev5— Julia Karron (@jkitsjulia) June 28, 2019
"Pinoe is now the President of the United States. I don't make the rules," said one fan.
Wikipedia clearly agrees.
I looked it's already down pic.twitter.com/sfK1APQVnX— Joey Batson (@JosephBatson2) June 28, 2019
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.
What’s the World Cup without a lil VAR controversy?? pic.twitter.com/oYMoDTCKZn— Julia Karron (@jkitsjulia) June 28, 2019
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.
Au revoir @ France. pic.twitter.com/PxCR5CpTUg— Julia Karron (@jkitsjulia) June 28, 2019
Postgame: Pay your dues
Alexi Lalas bet big on France beating the USWNT. Never bet against them again.
So, Alexi...are you thinking off-the-shoulders or spaghetti straps? And where are you going to find a veil on short notice? https://t.co/Khy4ViseY0— AODC (@AO_DC) June 28, 2019
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