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How to watch Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and more U.S. Women Soccer Team stars against the Spirit

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How to watch Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and more U.S. Women Soccer Team stars against the Spirit

The U.S. Women’s National Team reaffirmed its world dominance Sunday with a 2-0 win against the Netherlands in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. The victory gives the U.S. Women back-to-back world crowns and their fourth overall.

But the fun doesn’t have to end in France.

Eighteen members of the USWNT will be in the Washington, D.C. area this year to play for or against the Washington Spirit.

Here’s when and where you can watch the star players in the nation’s capital:

Rose Lavelle, Mallory Pugh

Lavelle and Pugh are members of the Washington Spirit, so folks in the DMV can catch this duo year-round. The squad’s next home match comes against the Houston Dash on Saturday, July 20 at the Maryland Soccerplex.

Lavelle gave American soccer fans a glimpse of the future with her swift footwork. In the semi-final against England, she nutmegged a defender. On Sunday, she clinched a USA victory with the team's second goal of the game. 

Lavelle scored three total goals in the tournament and ended up with the Bronze Ball, given to the tournament’s third-best player.

Pugh played in three matches this tournament, scoring a goal and an assist in the opening match against Thailand.

Julie Ertz, Morgan Brian, Tierna Davidson, Alyssa Naeher

The Chicago Red Stars is the home team for midfielders Julie Ertz and Morgan Brian, defender Tierna Davidson and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. The group visits the Spirit on Saturday, August 10 at the Maryland Soccerplex.

Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Christen Press

Forward Christen Press and defenders Becky Sauerbrunn and Kelly O’Hara play for the Utah Royals FC and will visit the Maryland Soccerplex on Wednesday, August 21.

Press scored the first goal of the semi-final match against England will filling in for an injured Megan Rapinoe. 

Sauerbrunn took toughness to another level during Sunday's final. In the 55th minute, she collided with a player from the Netherlands, and her head began to bleed. She left the field for two minutes and returned to the game with a bandage around her head.

Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger

USWNT co-captain Alex Morgan, defender and Virginia native Ali Krieger and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris play for the Orlando pride. They’ll visit the pitch at Audi Field on Saturday, August 24.

Morgan scored a goal to break an early tie in the World Cup semifinal against England, but her celebration afterward is what stole the show.

Morgan won the Silver Boot for scoring six goals and three assists in the tournament. 

Megan Rapinoe, Allie Long

USWNT Co-captain Megan Rapinoe and midfielder Allie Long play for the Reign FC in Tacoma, Wash. They take on the Spirit Saturday, September 14 at Audi Field.

Rapinoe made waves on and off the field in a war of words with President Donald Trump. In the final match against Netherlands, she scored the first goal the game to break a long stalemate and give the USA a 1-0 lead.

She took home plenty of hardware as winner of the Golden Globe award, given to the tournament’s best player. She also received the Golden Boot for her six goals and three assists. 

Abby Dalhkemper, Crystal Dunn, Jessica McDonald, Samantha Mewis

The North Carolina Courage is home to defenders Abby Dalhkemper and Crystal Dunn, forward Jessica McDonald and midfielder Samantha Mewis. They’ll play the Spirit on Saturday, September 28 at the Maryland Soccerplex.

For the Washington Spirit’s complete schedule, click here. The NWSL’s season continues though the fall and ends with a four-team playoff in October.

2019 Women's World Cup Final: USA vs. The Netherlands, how to watch, what to look for and fun facts

2019 Women's World Cup Final: USA vs. The Netherlands, how to watch, what to look for and fun facts

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.

FUN FACTS:

  • 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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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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