Congratulations to all the ladies on the USA squad for making it to the finals again. It also goes to show you that there’s no “I” in team, as this victory against England was without their captain, Megan Rapinoe, who had a sore hamstring and should be ready to go by Sunday.
USA started out strong and like before, scored within the first 15 minutes of the game with a header from Christen Press.
But the game was just getting started and if England had anything to say about it, they were not going down without a fight. That being said, 10 minutes later, Ellen White ties it up.
The intense match went on without a point, until birthday girl, Alex Morgan scored a goal. This was her first goal since the opening game and it gave her team the lead again. Nothing tastes better than a celebratory cup of tea.
The first half came and went and the USA ladies held the lead until almost the 70-minute mark. That’s when White went in for her second goal of the night after breaking free up the middle. Unfortunately, with the VAR review, the goal was no good due to White being offsides. USA, still ahead by one.
The turnover was disappointing but the ladies never gave up, especially not White, who made another run for the net. It seemed England was getting ready to score again when her leg made contact with Becky Sauerbrunn who was hot on her tail.
Both ladies went down and no goal was made, but VAR to the rescue confirmed contact and England gets a penalty kick to try and tie the game once more.
With time running out, Steph Houghton lines up in hopes to keep their playoff dreams alive. She approaches the ball, kicks and doesn’t score as Alyssa Naeher makes a very important save.
Millie Bright, feeling the pressure, collided and tackled Morgan. Bright got hit with another yellow card on the tackle and was removed from the game as her team had to play with just ten players.
England fought hard to be here and did everything they could to advance, however, they were unable to score again and lost 1-2.
This was Englands second third-place finish and I’m sure we will see them again. Congratulations to these ladies for making it to this point. That being said, USA has a few days rest before they play one final time on Sunday against the winners of Sweden and Netherlands.
If you missed the game, check out an interview with Naeher below on her awesome save, along with a recap of the match below that.