We have a few firsts happening here…this is the first time the Women’s World Cup will be held in France. It is also the first time the Netherlands made it to the final game of the tournament. And most importantly, the US women’s soccer team have made it to the final game five times, they are the only team who has won the cup three times (1991, 1999, 2015). One more factoid for ya, the US is the only country to have played in all eight semifinals of the Women’s World Cup. Let’s go!
And the game is on at 11:00 a.m. EDT I’ll be typing out my reactions as they happen.
What an amazing experience for those young, aspiring soccer players getting the opportunity to walk on the field with America’s leading women’s soccer players while the US anthem played.
US starting players: Alyssa Naeher (GK); Kelley O’Hara (DEF), Abby Dahlkemper (DEF), Becky Sauerbrunn (DEF), Crystal Dunn (DEF); Samantha Mewis (MID), Julie Ertz (MID), Rose Lavelle (MID); Tobin Heath (FWD), Alex Morgan (FWD), Megan Rapinoe (FWD)
NED starting players: Martens (FWD); Miedema (FWD); Beerensteyn (FWD); Spitse (MID); van de Donk (MID); Groenen (MID); Bloodworth (DEF); van der Gragt (DEF); Dekker (DEF); van Lunteren (DEF); van Veenendaal (GK)
Heading into minute-7 and I have to admit the Netherlands are playing some good defense. Leading to a yellow card against the Netherlands Sherida Spitse at the 10-minute mark.
For the first time during this tournament, the US has not scored a goal during the first 12 minutes. Like I said, the Netherlands defense is on point. They want this win. Might the US team have gone into this match feeling a wee bit too cocky? I sure hope not.
We’re 21 minutes in and why are people over kicking to my girl Heath!? I’m feeling frustrated. She doesn’t have go-go-gadget legs people!
How was that ruled a goal kick!? That was clearly a corner from Heath!
70-minutes in and Lavelle has just scored the SECOND GOAL for the US in this World Cup tournament game!
71:42 Alex Morgan runs up the field, looking to score, but Veenendaal scoops up the ball.
72-minutes and NED Dekkers leaves the game, substitute, van de Sanden comes in to play.
78-minutes Rapinoe comes out and Christen Press goes into the game.
This game, man, I’m so tense. Morgan runs down the field, goes for it, and Veenendaal stops it. This goalkeeper is on fire, she has been under pressure a great deal during this match.
Heath 84-minutes in with her world known fancy footwork. I try to explain this to my kids and I’m flailing around, making sounds, swoosh swoosh swoosh, trying to pretend I’m dodging people. Yeah, I can’t do it, I just look like a muppet. You’re right, muppets typically do not have feet – exactly.
86-minutes Carli Lloyd goes in for Tobin Heath after the fancy footwork. I see you girl, I see you.
Five minutes added to the clock.
US working the clock, full-speed ahead during these last few moments.
AND IT IS DONE!
THE US WINS THE 2019 WORLD CUP!!!!!!