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!

STARTING LINEUP

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.


5' CROWD GOES WILD

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.

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

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

At the start of the Women's World Cup, Team USA's third match––against Sweden––was marked as a key game in the group stage of the tournament. 

While the U.S. entered the tournament as the reigning champions and the most-successful nation in Women's World Cup history, the pain of an early exit in the 2016 Olympics still lingered in the air. Back in Rio, it was Sweden that ended the USWNT's fight for the gold, keeping the U.S. off the podium for the first time in history. 

Both Sweden and the U.S. enter the final match of the group stage with six points, after they each defeated Thailand and Chile. While both teams have already secured spots in the knockout round, in order for the U.S. to top the group it needs a win over Sweden on Thursday. 

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

Who: Team USA vs. Sweden, Group F
What: Game 3 Women's World Cup
When: Thursday, June 20
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Where: Stade Océane, Le Havre, France
TV Channel: FOX
Stream Online: Watch the World Cup on fuboTV.

FUN FACTS:

  • On a Roll: When Carli Lloyd scored against Chile on Sunday, it marked the sixth consecutive World Cup game in which the forward had scored. 
  • Saving the Day: Both goalkeepers, Sweden's Hedvig Lindahl and the U.S.'s Alyssa Naeher, have three saves apiece after two games. Lindahl has given up one goal, while Naeher has held opponents scoreless so far in the tournament. 

 

GROUP F SCHEDULE

Sweden vs. USA, Thurs. 6/20, 3 p.m. ET (FOX)
Thailand vs. Chile, Thurs. 6/20, 3 p.m. ET (FS1)
 

WHAT ARE THE GROUPS FOR THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP?

Group A (Record, points in parentheses): 
France (3-0-0, 9 pts.), Norway (2-1-0, 6 pts.), Nigeria (1-2-0, 3 pts.), Korea Republic (0-3-0, 0 pts.)

Group B: 
Germany (3-0-0, 9 pts.), Spain (1-1-1, 4 pts.), China PR (1-1-1, 4 pts.), South Africa (0-3-0, 0 pts.)

Group C 
Italy (2-1-0, 6 pts.), Australia ((2-1-0, 6 pts.), Brazil (2-1-0, 6 pts.), Jamaica (0-3-0, 0 pts.)

Group D
England (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Japan (1-0-1, 4 pts.), Argentina (0-1-1, 1 pts.), Scotland (0-2-0, 0 pts.)

Group E 
Netherlands (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Canada (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Cameroon (0-2-0, 0 pts.), New Zealand (0-2-0, 0 pts.)

Group F
USA (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Sweden (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Chile (0-2-0, 0 pts.), Thailand (0-2-0, 0 pts.)


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

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

After a blowout win over Thailand on Tuesday, the U.S. Women's National Team continues their World Cup title defense on Sunday, June 16 with a match against Chile. 

The U.S., aiming to win its second consective World Cup, entered this year's tournament as the most-successful nation in Women's World Cup history. With a combined 112 goals in all of the team's appearances, just one goal ahead of Germany (111), the USWNT consistently proved it belongs atop the list of soccer powerhouses of the world. 

During qualifying rounds the U.S. outscored opponents 26-0 and won all five of its games, while Chile outscored opponents 13-5 to advance to its first Women's World Cup appearance.

Then, the USWNT's first match against Thailand. Team USA scored 13 unanswered goals, the most goals in a single game and the highest win-margin in the history of the World Cup. That means the U.S. has outscored opponents 39-0 in its last six games and has a total of 125 goals in all its World Cup appearances. Pretty exciting, right?

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

Who: Team USA vs. Chile, Group F
What: Game 2 Women's World Cup
When: Sunday, June 16
Time: Noon ET
Where: Parc des Princes, Paris, France
TV Channel: FOX
Stream Online: Watch the World Cup on fuboTV.

TAKE FIVE:

  • More From Morgan: Team USA forward Alex Morgan scored five times on Tuesday and tied the record for most goals in a single game in FIFA Women's World Cup history. (Michelle Akers scored five in the quarterfinals in 1991 against China Taipei)
  • On a Roll: Carli Lloyd scored a goal in her fifth consecutive World Cup match dating back to 2015, after she capped the U.S.'s victory on Tuesday with the 13th goal of the match. With the goal Lloyd tied the record for scoring in five straight FIFA Women's World Cup games. 
     

GROUP F SCHEDULE

Sweden vs. Thailand, Sun. 6/16, 9 a.m. ET (FS1)
USA vs. Chile, Sun. 6/16, 12 p.m. ET (FOX)

Sweden vs. USA, Thurs. 6/20, 3 p.m. ET (FOX)
Thailand vs. Chile, Thurs. 6/20, 3 p.m. ET (FS1)
 

WHAT ARE THE GROUPS FOR THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP?

Group A (Record, points in parentheses): 
France (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Norway (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Nigeria (0-1-0, 0 pts.), Korea Republic (0-1-0, 0 pts.)

Group B: 
Spain (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Germany (1-0-0, 3 pts.), China PR (0-1-0, 0 pts.), South Africa (0-1-0, 0 pts.)

Group C 
Brazil (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Italy (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Australia (0-1-0, 0 pts.), Jamaica (0-1-0, 0 pts.)

Group D
England (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Argentina (0-0-1, 1 pts.), Japan (0-0-1, 1 pts.), Scotland (0-1-0, 0 pts.)

Group E 
Canada (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Netherlands (1-0-0, 3 pts.), New Zealand (0-1-0, 0 pts.), Cameroon (0-1-0, 0 pts.)

Group F
USA (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Sweden (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Chile (0-1-0, 0 pts.), Thailand (0-1-0, 0 pts.)


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