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United States Women’s National Team: Road to the World Cup

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Ayansa Mergia '21, Staff Writer

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The U.S. Women’s Soccer team are a few months away from the World Cup 2019. It seems closer for the players and Coach Jill Ellis. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will mark the eighth consecutive World Cup appearance for the USA and will run between June 7 and July 7 in France. They have won three World Cup trophies in 1991, 1999 and 2015.

Team U.S.A. won the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship and qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The journey for the Americans started in earnest Oct. 7 with an emphatic 5-0 win over Panama and concluded Wednesday, October 17th with a 2-0 win over Canada in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship title game. The United States scored in the first two minutes of the game, and then in the final two minutes of the game to pick up the win.

The U.S. finished the tournament with a 5-0 record, 26 goals scored and 0 goals conceded. Striker Alex Morgan powered USA with seven goal during the tournament, earning Golden Boot honors and Julie Ertz also won the Golden Ball as the outstanding player of the tournament.

 

 The USA has a chance win back to back Women’s World Cups. A lot of younger players have been brought into the National team in recent years, so there will be a fight for spots, especially because they lost veteran players to retirement. There are also some questions Manager Jill Ellis has to answer: How to replace legendary Goalkeeper Hope Solo, who hasn’t played for the national team since 2016 due to controversy. 

The defending champion and FIFA’s top-ranked team will no doubt head into France with the belief that any result short of its fourth World Cup title will amount to failure. The team entered the 2015 World Cup facing tons of questions and plenty of skepticism about Jill Ellis’ tactics and lineup choices, then figured it out and won the whole thing anyway.

The USA has won the most, with three titles, followed by Germany’s two. Japan and Norway are the other past winners. Can the United States do it again? The opening match will take place in Paris on June 7, while the Semifinals on July 2nd and 3rd and the Final on July 7th will take place in Lyon.    

Until then, the U.S. will face Portugal on Thursday, November 8th, and following that Scotland on Tuesday, November 13th. You can stay up to date by visiting ESPN, and FOX Sports GO.

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