Women's World Cup 2019

DJnVa

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I wonder if those 2 US reps at the English hotel stole the PK strategy.
 

DennyDoyle'sBoil

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Took everything they had. Just barely got through. Gritty.

England were more technical and it helped them stay even. It seemed like pretty much every ball that was at the feet in close spaces ended up with England taking it it away or maintaining possession.

At least until Lloyd entered and locked shit up.
 

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Yellow cards clear after this match right? Any English player in the middle third facing the US goal should be taken out.
Yellow
s cleared after the quarter final. Only way to miss the Final is to get a red card in the semi final.
 

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Yellow
s cleared after the quarter final. Only way to miss the Final is to get a red card in the semi final.
Bright is so fucked then.

:0)

The ref was fabulous this match.

Edit: Though I guess actually Bright misses the third-place game. Not a huge deal but I guess interesting.
 

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Taped the game and successfully avoided the final score (though a colleague let slip it was 1-1 in the first half).

And wow, what a first half. The game was electric - all US early, then England, then the US to close out the half. Too bad it was so hot. The second half slowed down with clearly gassed players.

Someone up thread noted that England were the more technical team today. The European sides just keep getting better. The gap is closing quickly now with the professional leagues solidifying (I think Lyon’s dominance is a positive factor here - they have drawn attention to the women’s game and set a high standard for others to work towards).

Amazing how much depth the US has. This squad, even with a couple of world class players pulling hamstrings, is still going to be the favorite on Sunday.

Edit: Also, Sunday evening I flipped on the Chicago Red Stars-Orlando Pride match...and there’s Marta just days after playing in the World Cup. That’s amazing.
 

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Taped the game and successfully avoided the final score (though a colleague let slip it was 1-1 in the first half).

And wow, what a first half. The game was electric - all US early, then England, then the US to close out the half. Too bad it was so hot. The second half slowed down with clearly gassed players.

Someone up thread noted that England were the more technical team today. The European sides just keep getting better. The gap is closing quickly now with the professional leagues solidifying (I think Lyon’s dominance is a positive factor here - they have drawn attention to the women’s game and set a high standard for others to work towards).

Amazing how much depth the US has. This squad, even with a couple of world class players pulling hamstrings, is still going to be the favorite on Sunday.

Edit: Also, Sunday evening I flipped on the Chicago Red Stars-Orlando Pride match...and there’s Marta just days after playing in the World Cup. That’s amazing.
The professional scene in the US needs to improve quickly, or American players will be forced to play in Europe to get world-class competition.
 

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The professional scene in the US needs to improve quickly, or American players will be forced to play in Europe to get world-class competition.
I wonder if a large scale Women's Club World Cup could help everyone. I think seeing the Thorns and the NWSL teams mix it up with Manchester City, Lyon, etc. could help get people interested at that level.
 

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I suppose I'd like the Dutch to win just because it would be fun to watch the US playing a different team. Not sure which one they would really match up with better, though. Sweden is probably a better team overall, but the Dutch won the Euros and seem to be building something pretty impressive.
 

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Netherlands don’t look as precise in possession as last time out against Italy.
 

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Netherlands don’t look as precise in possession as last time out against Italy.
Of course, it might just be that Sweden is really good at attacking them when they have the ball.
 

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i'm not rooting for Sweden, but I think they got jobbed out of a penalty call there. Amazed Blacksteinius didn't lose her mind complaining about it.
 

DennyDoyle'sBoil

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Sweden has gone away from its bread and butter play. The one where they bomb the ball over the top and try to get a head on it while Jakobsson makes a run to try to get on the end of it.

They tried it like 8 times in the first half and it looks difficult to defend pretty much every single time. They really haven't tried it since.
 

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Van der Sanden looks like a difference-maker in the few minutes she's been on. Gotta root for anyone with short pink hair!

I'll just go ahead and predict this doesn't go to penalties, both offenses have looked pretty threatening in the last 15.