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U.S. soccer starting lineup vs. Spain

U.S. soccer starting lineup vs. Spain”

United States goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher punches the ball across the bar during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and the United States at Stade Océane, in Le Havre, France, Thursday, June 20, 2019. Here's how its supporters can follow suit.

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup runs until July 7.

Get national team gear at Fanatics, Dick's Sporting Goods, Amazon, Soccer.com and Lids. So did Germany, whose women have never exited a World Cup in the first round - a claim the German men can no longer make.

The U.S.is the No. 1 ranked team in the FIFA World Rankings while Spain comes into Monday's match at No. 13.

Their performance comes with Italy having returned to the knockout stage for the first time in two decades, while the Netherlands have made it through to the last 16 fresh from winning Euro 2017 on home soil. Forward Jennifer Hermoso is the player to watch on the Spanish team.

The U.S. was on the attack from the start and went ahead early when Horan scored on a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe that bounced twice past two defenders and deflected off Samantha Mewis just 2:40 into the game.

Despite their rampant scoring against Thailand, largely the reason for a new World Cup record for group stage goals (18), this is not just going to be a procession for the United States.

The seemingly interminable group stage of the Women's World Cup lasted 14 days, featuring 36 games, 106 goals, 23 shutouts and very few surprises.

Brazil will send Marta, Formiga and Cristiane into likely World Cup retirement without the championship they so desperately wanted.

This match is perfectly set up for a team like the United States with insane attacking talent against what has been an underperforming Spanish defence. "We're so confident right now".

Spain is not the United States, though.

The match may have been a confidence boost for No. 13 Spain, because it was able to hang with the world's top-ranked team.

Press, whose career took off when she went to Sweden in 2012, said on Wednesday that the 2016 match serves as motivation for the U.S women in France just as she learned the shootout loss to Japan in the 2011 World Cup final that she was not a part of was a motivation for the US women in 2015 when they won.

"As a fan of the game and someone who grew up in a time when it wasn't that way in Europe, I think it's great to see".

Ellis denied that the loss in Rio had played on her mind in the build up to this match.

Ellis was born in England and spent most of her childhood there before moving to the US when her family relocated in 1981.

US players celebrate following their sides victory in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group F match between Sweden and US at Stade Oceane on June 20 in Le Havre, France. Morgan did not play in the second half because of a couple of hard collisions in the first. The USA won the first three times, but since then the Swedes won, 2-1, in 2011 and tied the USA, 0-0, in 2015. "When we looked at the game plan, we didn't think in advance that it was important to end up first or second".

In November of a year ago, Infantino was in Teheran for the Asian Champions League final when Iranian women were allowed to watch Persepolis play Kashima Antlers of Japan. "So suck on that one", she said.



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