USA through to World Cup knockout rounds

Submitted by chepetiso on Sun, 06/16/2019 - 23:07
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Source: U.S Soccer Communicartions


PARIS, FRANCE (June 16, 2019) - The U.S. Women's National Team continued its 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup campaign with a dominant 3-0 victory against Chile in front of wildly pro-American crowd of 45,594 fans at Parc des Princes. In a record-breaking performance, forward Carli Lloyd notched two goals to become the first player in tournament history to score in six consecutive games. Midfielder Julie Ertz also scored for the U.S. while 20-year-old defender Tierna Davidson, the youngest U.S. player to start a World Cup match since 1995, picked up two assists, both off corner kicks.

In the day's other Group F match, Sweden defeated Thailand 5-1 in Nice. The USA (2-0-0; 6 points) currently tops the group due to a super goal difference, followed by Sweden (2-0-0; 6 points), Chile (0-2-0; 0 points) and Thailand (0-2-0; 0 points).

U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made seven changes from the starting lineup against Thailand on June 11, as defenders Becky Sauerbrunn, Tierna Davidson and Ali Krieger, midfielder Morgan Brian, and forwards Christen Press, Lloyd and Mallory Pugh all earned their first starts of this World Cup.

In another energetic performance, the U.S. controlled the match from the opening kick and by the fourth minute had already taken three shots. One of those shots-by Lloyd-pinballed off the post before Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler was able to stretch out a glove at the last moment to keep the ball from rolling over the line.

The U.S. kept the pressure up and was rewarded in the 11th minute when a poor clearance by a Chilean defender to the top of the box fell perfectly for Lloyd to send a brilliant half-volley screaming into the right side of the net.

Five minutes later, Ertz doubled the USA's lead. Davidson whipped a corner kick from the right side toward the near post where Ertz sent an athletic header on frame that was too hot to handle for Endler. She got both hands to the shot but couldn't keep it out of the net. Another corner from Davidson in the 35th minute into the heart of the box met Lloyd's perfectly timed run and allowed her to smash a header down and into the left side of the net past a screened Endler.

After once again leading 3-0 at the break, as it did in the first match against Thailand, the USA came out in the second half and put together numerous dangerous attacks, several of which were thwarted by world class stops for Endler, who earned Player of the Match honors. The introduction of forward Jessica McDonald at half, midfielder Allie Long in the 59 th minute and defender Emily Sonnett in the 82nd minute meant that U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has played all 20 of her field players through the first two matches.

Endler was the main reason the USA did not add another goal, thwarting a relentless U.S. attack with incredible saves to deny Lindsey Horan and, on three separate occasions, Christen Press. She also had the help of the woodwork as McDonald curled a shot onto the far post and Lloyd looped a header onto the crossbar all within the first half hour of the second half.

A missed penalty kick by Lloyd in the 81st minute, awarded after a VAR review when Horan was hauled down at the top of the penalty, did little to dampen the celebratory mood as the USA booked its place in the knockout round with the victory in which it out-shot Chile 25-1.

Next on the Schedule: The USA will tackle Sweden on Thursday, June 20 at 3 p.m. ET at Stade Océane, Le Havre. The USA will win the group with a win or a tie against Sweden. 
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Goal Scoring Rundown: 
USA - Carli Lloyd, 11th minute: 
A service from midfield into the Chile penalty area by Abby Dahlkemper was headed down by defender Su Helen Galaz and bounced to the top of the box, setting up perfectly for Lloyd to strike a fierce volley from 17 yards out into the left side of the goal. Lloyd got to the ball just a half step ahead of Julie Ertz who was also posted hit a strike on goal.USA 1, CHI 0 [WATCH]

USA - Julie Ertz (Tierna Davidson), 26th minute : Davidson sent her corner kick service from the right side to the near post with accuracy and pace. Ertz beat her defender and leapt to send a powerful header on frame that Endler, despite getting both hands on the ball, was unable to keep out of the upper right corner. USA 2, CHI 0 [WATCH]

USA - Carli Lloyd (Tierna Davidson), 35th minute: Another corner from the right side from Davidson was lofted to the top of the six-yard box where Lloyd's perfectly timed run allowed her to get jump over a defender and send a thunder header down past the feet of Endler and into the center of the goal for her 10th career WWC score. USA 3, CHI 0 [WATCH] FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • While U.S. coach Jill Ellis made seven changes to the starting XI from last game, Julie Ertz also played a different position, moving to defensive midfielder from center back.
  • The USA had three players make their World Cup debut: Jessica McDonald, Allie Long and Emily Sonnett.
  • Carli Lloyd's 10 World Cup goals move her into sole possession of third place on the USA's all-time World Cup goal scorer list, behind only Michelle Akers (12) and Abby Wambach (14).
  • Lloyd's goals gave her scores in six consecutive World Cup matches dating back to the final four games of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, breaking the record of Germany's Brigit Prinz who scored in five straight at the 2003 tournament in the USA.
  • At 36 years 11 months, Lloyd is the oldest player to score more than once in a single Women's World Cup game, overtaking Cristiane's record set by the Brazilian in this year's tournament against Jamaica (34 years, 25 days).
  • Lloyd donned the captain's armband, the fifth time she has captained the team in a World Cup. She was captain for four games in the 2015 tournament.
  • Lloyd earned her 20th World Cup cap, pushing her to sixth all-time in World Cup matches for the USA and passing Christie Pearce and Brianna Scurry. She is the 14th player from any country to reach 20 WWC appearances.
  • The game marked the first career World Cup starts for Tierna Davidson and Mallory Pugh.
  • Defenders Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn and Tierna Davidson, midfielder Morgan Brian, and attackers Mallory Pugh, Carli Lloyd and Christen Press all earned their first start of the 2019 World Cup.
  • It was the first appearance and start of this World Cup for Krieger, Davidson, Sauerbrunn and Brian.
  • Davidson is the youngest player to start a Women's World Cup match for the USA since Tiffany Roberts on 6/15/95 vs. Norway at the 1995 WWC in Sweden.
  • Davidson is the sixth player under the age of 21 to start a WWC game for the USA, joining Julie Foudy ('91), Kristine Lilly ('91), Mia Hamm ('91), Tiffany Roberts ('95) and Holly Manthei ('95).
  • Krieger earned her 14th World Cup cap.
  • Coming on as a halftime sub for Julie Ertz, Jessica McDonald made her World Cup debut. The personnel shuffle saw McDonald play as a center forward, Lloyd drop into the midfield and Brian move to a defensive midfield position.
  • Ellis also introduced Allie Long for Lindsey Horan in the 59th minute and Emily Sonnett for Abby Dahlkemper in the 82nd minute.
  • It was a homecoming of sorts and a special game for Horan, who started her professional career in France at the age of 18 with Paris Saint-Germain, whose home ground for the men's side is Parc des Princes.

- U.S. Women's National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women's National Team vs. Chile 
Date: June 16, 2019 
Competition: 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup; Group F 
Venue: Parc des Princes; Paris, France 
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local) 
Attendance: 45,594 
Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloud

Scoring Summary: 1   2   
USA                          3   0   3 
CHI                           0   0   0

USA - Carli Lloyd                                  11th minute 
USA - Julie Ertz (Tierna Davidson)       26 
USA - Carli Lloyd (Tierna Davidson)     35

Lineups: 
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 11-Ali Krieger, 7-Abby Dahlkemper (14-Emily Sonnett, 82), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 12-Tierna Davidson; 8-Julie Ertz (22-Jessica McDonald, 46), 6-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (20-Allie Long, 59); 2-Mallory Pugh, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 23-Christen Press 
Substitutes not used: 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Adrianna Franch, 3-Samantha Mewis, 5-Kelley O'Hara, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Rose Lavelle, 17-Tobin Heath, 19-Crystal Dunn 
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

CHI: 1-Christiane Endler (capt); 15-Su Helen Galaz, 3-Carla Guerrero, 18-Camila Saez, 17-Javiera Toro; 6-Claudia Soto (11-Yessenia Lopez, 46), 8-Karen Araya, 4-Francisca Lara (14-Daniela Pardo, 89); 20-Daniela Zamora, 9-Maria Jose Urrutia (19-Yessenia Huenteo, 68), 21-Rosario Balmaceda 
Substitutes not used: 12-Natalia Campos, 23-Ryann Terrero, 2-Rocio Soto, 5-Valentina Diaz, 7-Maria Jose Rojas, 10-Yanara Aedo, 13-Javiera Grez, 16-Fernanda Pinilla, 22-Elisa Duran 
Head Coach: José Letelier

Stats Summary: USA / CHI 
Shots: 25 / 1 
Shots on goal: 9 / 0 
Saves: 0 / 6 
Corner Kicks: 15 / 1 
Fouls: 14 / 11 
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary: 
USA - Lindsey Horan (caution)        23rd minute 
CHI - Francisca Lara (caution)         76 
CHI - Yessenia Huenteo (caution)    80 
USA - Allie Long (caution)                88 
CHI - Su Helen Galaz (caution)        90+4

Officials: 
Referee: Riem Hussein (GER) 
Assistant Referee 1: Kylie Cockburn (SCO) 
Assistant Referee 2: Mihaela Tepusa (ROU) 
Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)

Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd