Soccer: USWNT – Tea Cups And World Cups
The journey for the USA Women’s Soccer team (USWNT) has been an interesting one. Since the 2015 FIFA World Cup, the goal has been to defend the title. This year in 2019 they began that quest for back-to-back World Cup championships. The USA Women’s Soccer team didn’t have any problems in the group matches. Let’s take a look at the matches for the USA in the Round of 16, Quarterfinal, Semi Final, Finals, and the legacy going forward for the USA Women’s Soccer team.
Round of 16, USA 2-1 over Spain
The USWNT started the match with a 1-0 lead. Tobin Heath played well, beat the defender and got her foot stomped on. The penalty was called and Megan Rapinoe confidently buries the spot kick. Then a free kick from the USA keeper Naeher to Sauerbrunn is mishandled, then passed to Hermosa of Spain. Hermosa scores as Naeher was off her line and tieing the game 1-1. The USA gets a penalty called for them as Rose Lavelle got kicked in the knee. Rapinoe goes the same spot and buries it in the low corner. The USA Women’s Soccer team beat Spain 2-1 in the Round of 16 to advance to the Quarter Finals.
Quarter Final, USA 2-1 over France
The USWNT won with a strong defense and advanced to the semi-finals. The only goal France scored was only the second allowed by the USA all tournament. The USA Women’s Soccer team was convincing in the 2-1 win knocking out the host team France and went on to face England.
Semi Final, USA 2-1 over England
The USWNT won in a close match over England. Megan Rapinoe did not play due to an injury. Christen Press who replaced Rapinoe at forward, scored a goal ten minutes in. Then England’s Ellen White scored to tie the game 1-1 in the 19th minute. Just a little later Alex Morgan scored to make it 2-1 USA over England. With six minutes left, USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher saved a penalty kick by England to seal a USA Women’s Soccer win. With the great win came a great celebration by USA’s Alex Morgan.
Many considered the now-famous Tea Cup celebration bold and arrogant. However, the USA had the right with that solid win. It was also just before the fourth of July which made the win even sweeter for the USA. The USA with that win was the first country to reach the Women’s World Cup final three consecutive times. The USA team would go on to face the Netherlands team.
World Cup Final, USA 2-0 over The Netherlands
The USA Women’s Soccer team won the 2019 World Cup 2-0 over the Netherlands. Throughout this World Cup, the USA Women’s Soccer team had a lead going into halftime of every match they played. Megan Rapinoe scored the first goal on a penalty kick and Rose Lavelle scored the second goal of the match running up the center of the field. The USA set a record for most goals in a FIFA Women’s World Cup with 26 for the tournament. This win brought home the fourth World Cup title for the USWNT and back-to-back titles. The individual awards won by the USWNT include the Golden Boot Award to Megan Rapinoe, the Silver Boot Award to Alex Morgan, the Golden Ball Award to Megan Rapinoe, and the Bronze Ball Award to Rose Lavelle. With this win, it really made a statement for the USA Women’s Soccer team’s legacy going forward.
The Legacy Going Forward
The USWNT silenced the critics and left no doubt. What is their legacy going forward? One hundred percent greatness by this team. The criticism by people on things some of the players have said doesn’t matter because this team is great. Not just on the field, but this team may be advocates for women’s equal pay. They prove time and time again that they are more successful than the men’s soccer team. With that success, the USA Women’s Soccer team deserves equal pay and that could be the legacy they leave. Equality for women and World Cups. Something for fun to remember about this 2019 FIFA World Cup for the USA Women’s Soccer team is that fantastic teacup celebration. This journey was definitely something special with the legacy being left of equality, teacups, and World Cups by the USA Women’s Soccer team.
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