USA Earns Record Fifth Berth To A Women’s World Cup Final With 2-1 Win Against England In SemifinalMatch Report
Alex Morgan Scores Game-Winner on Her 30th Birthday, Now Tied for Golden Boot Lead;
Alyssa Naeher Makes Three Saves, Including Crucial Late-Game Penalty Kick Stop;
Christen Press Scores in Second Start of 2019 World Cup;
USA Will Play Netherlands-Sweden Winner in World Cup Final on Sunday, July 7 at 11 a.m. ET (FOX, Telemundo)
LYON, France (July 2, 2019) – Before a captivated audience of 53,512 fans at Stade de Lyon, the U.S. Women’s National Team battled past England, ranked No. 3 in the World, with a 2-1 triumph that secures the USA a record fifth appearance in a FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.
Next on the Schedule: The USA faces the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro champions the Netherlands and 2016 Olympic runners-up Sweden in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday, July 7 at 11 a.m. ET at Stade de Lyon in Lyon.
Goal Scoring Rundown:USA – Christen Press (Kelley O’Hara), 10th minute: Tobin Heath drove the ball deep into the England half before pulling up and sending a through-ball down he right side and past a pair of England. Rose Lavelle dummied the ball and it ran to O’Hara, who collected the pass in the right corner and whipped a pin-point cross to the back post where Press powered a line-drive header into the upper left corner. USA 1, ENG 0 [WATCH]
ENG – Ellen White (Beth Mead), 19th minute: Keira Walsh hit a cross-field ball to the left wing for Mead who had time to bring the ball down and curl in a low cross that bounced just in front of the six-yard box. White timed her run perfectly to meet the ball and re-directed a right-footed volley into the right side of the goal for her sixth of the tournament. USA 1, ENG 1 [WATCH]
USA – Alex Morgan (Linsey Horan), 31st minute: Abby Dahlkemper pulled up near the right side of midfield and hit a big switch to Christen Press on the left sideline. Press brought the ball down well and picked out Horan, who took one touch to settle, picked up her head to spot the run of Morgan and lofted a sumptuous cross into the center of the box. Morgan made easy work of the chance, leaping in stride to nod the ball into the left side of the net. USA 2, ENG 1 [WATCH] FINAL
The USA is 11-4-2 all-time against England. Of their last six meetings, five have been decided by a single goal – four wins for the USA and one for England – while one was a 2-2 draw in the previous meeting at the 2019 SheBelieves Cup.
The U.S. and England had only met one previous time in a World Championship tournament with the USA prevailing 3-0 at the 2007 World Cup in China.
The USA is the only nation to have reached the semifinals of all eight FIFA Women’s World Cups that have been held since the inaugural tournament in 1991.
This is the third World Cup in which the USWNT has never trailed entering the final, a feat also achieved in 1991 and 2015.
The U.S. has scored more goals (six) in the opening 15 minutes of matches at the Women’s World Cup than any other team. England was second with four. The USA has scored in the first 15 minutes of each of its World Cup matches.
The U.S. is unbeaten in its last 16 Women’s World Cup matches (13W-3D), winning the last eleven in a row. They are the only team to win 11 consecutive WWC matches, besting Norway's run from 95 to 99. Six of the USA’s 1a wins have been by multiple-goal margins.
After the win vs. England, the USWNT is now 39-4-6 all-time in World Cup play, outscoring opponents 136-38 in 49 games. The 39 wins, 49 games-played and 136 goals scored are all FIFA Women’s World Cup records.
The victory was the 101st of Jill Ellis’ career at the helm of the USWNT. Only the late Tony DiCicco (105) has more.
The USWNT has had nine different goal scorers at this tournament. Only the 2003 German team (10) and the 1999 American team (10) have had more at a single WWC.
- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. England
Date: July 2, 2019
Competition: 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup; Semifinals
Venue: Stade de Lyon; Lyon, France
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local)
Weather: 82 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 0 2
ENG 1 0 1
USA – Christen Press (Kelley O’Hara) 10th minute
ENG – Ellen White (Beth Mead) 19
USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsey Horan) 31
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara (11-Ali Krieger, 87), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 9-Lindsey Horan, 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle (3-Samantha Mewis, 65); 17-Tobin Heath (10-Carli Lloyd, 80), 13-Alex Morgan (capt.), 23-Christen Press
Substitutes not used: 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Adrianna Franch, 2-Mallory Pugh, 6-Morgan Brian, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-Emily Sonnett, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 20-Allie Long, 22-Jessica McDonald
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
ENG: 13-Carly Telford; 2-Lucy Bronze, 5-Steph Houghton (capt.), 6-Millie Bright, 12-Demi Stokes; 4-Keira Walsh (16-Jade Moore, 71); 7-Nikita Parris, 8-Jill Scott, 17-Rachel Daly (19-Georgia Stanway, 89), 22-Beth Mead (10-Fran Kirby, 58); 18-Ellen White
Substitutes not used: 1-Karen Bardsley, 21-Mary Earps, 3-Alex Greenwood, 14-Leah Williamson, 15-Abbie McManus, 20-Karen Carney, 23-Lucy Staniforth, 9-Jodie Taylor, 11-Toni Duggan
Head Coach: Phil Neville
Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 10 / 6
Shots on goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 12
Offside: 0 / 1
ENG – Millie Bright (caution) 40th minute
USA – Lindsey Horan (caution) 47
USA – Becky Sauerbrunn (caution) 83
ENG – Millie Bright (caution) 86
ENG – Millie Bright (sent off) 86
ENG – Nikita Parris (caution) 90+5
Referee: Edina Alves Batista (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Neuza Back (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Tatiane Sacilotti Dos Santos Camargo (BRA)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan