US Women's National Team Moves to Round of 16

The Women’s World Cup is well underway and as the group stages come to a close we have a clear picture on where the US Women will be seated. They won their group going 3-0-0, with a goal differential of +18 after not surrendering a goal in the three games of the group stage. In their first game, the US took down a Thailand team that really had no shot. It was a 13-0 final score and the largest win by a team in the World Cup ever. The record setting win would come with controversy as the US Women were celebrating each and every goal including the 13th of the game. While some people have a problem with it, I have to respectfully disagree. Do you really care that much about celebrating in a tournament that comes around once every four years?? Most of the people that are complaining, don’t even watch soccer, let alone women’s soccer. I’m not saying that I’m locked into every game they play, but I watch them every opportunity that I get. I don’t really want to harp on this too much as we should just move on, but the last thing that I will say about it is that without the celebrating nobody would be talking about the US Women dominating at the World Cup.

The 13 goals in the game were scored by, Alex Morgan (12’ 53’ 74’ 81’ 87’), Rose Lavelle (20’ 56’), Lindsey Horan (32’), Sam Mewis (50’ 54’), Megan Rapinoe (79’), Mallory Pugh (84’), Carli Lloyd (90+2’).

In the second game the US would take down Chile with a final score of 3-0 to move ahead further in the group with a huge +16 goal differential. The goal scorers were Carli Lloyd (11’ 35’) and Julie Ertz (26’).

The final game of the group stage would have undefeated Sweden against undefeated USA with the winner taking the group and moving on to face Spain who placed second in their group. This game was more than just about the World Cup however, in the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sweden would defeat the US knocking them out of the tournament and they would move on to take the Silver Medal. Many of the ladies on this World Cup roster were also a part of that team and surely they wanted to get some revenge. In the end, they were able to get that revenge as they would beat Sweden with a final score of 2-0. The US only had one goal scorer in the game, Lindsey Horan (3’). The second goal came off the foot of Tobin Heath and the goal itself reminded me of a Landon Donavan goal in the Men’s World Cup years back. Anyway, the ball deflected off the leg of a Sweden defender and was officially ruled an own goal.

We will next see the US Women back in action on Monday at 12pm vs Spain in the Round of 16.

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