On Tuesday, the U.S. faces England in the Women’s World Cup semifinal. The game kicks off at 12:00 p.m. PT on FOX and is expected to be a close battle between two of the best-performing teams at the tournament.
England has only given up one goal this tournament, while the U.S. have allowed two — one to Spain on a poor defensive giveaway and another to France when they failed to mark on a set piece. That doesn’t mean this match will be a defensive battle. Both sides have plenty of attacking talent — with Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan notching the most goals for the U.S. and Ellen White leading the goal-scoring attack for England.
What to Watch
- England’s right side — Lucy Bronze and Nikita Parris are a formidable duo. Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn are as well. Who wins that battle?
- Ellen White — The striker is in her best form and is tied for the Golden Boot lead with 5 goals. She’s a poacher and can get in behind centerbacks.
- Alex Morgan — After starting off well in the World Cup, Morgan has struggled to get herself in good goal-scoring positions. This is a match where Morgan could sneak in behind, though, and the team will need her help stretching England’s defense.
- Subs — I can see this match being close leading into the second half. Can Christen Press, Carli Lloyd, or another American come off the bench and make an impact?
Reign FC representatives Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long are among the available subs.
10’ — Christen Press gets the USA the early lead, putting away a Kelley O’Hara cross after a Rose Lavelle dummy.
19’ — Ellen White equalized on a well-taken volley to move into the Golden Boot lead.
31’ — Alex Morgan moves back into a tie for the Golden Boot lead, but more importantly puts the USA back ahead 2-1. Lindsey Horan provided the assist.
Alex Morgan scores her first goal since the opening game and retakes the lead in the Golden Boot race (6 goals, 3 assists)— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 2, 2019
She's the first player in #FIFAWWC history to score on her birthday pic.twitter.com/EGWBNIyaxI
68’ — Ellen White appeared to have the equalizer but VAR ruled that she was offside, a very tight call.
84’ — VAR awarded England a penalty with a chance to equalize, but Alyssa Naeher guessed right on Steph Houghton’s attempt.
How to Watch
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