Michaela Smalley | June 26th, 2019
After a hard-fought victory against Spain on Monday, the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) is preparing to take on France this Friday in a quarterfinals match in Paris. The match against Spain, which was a round of 16 matchup, was a very physical one, as both teams came out quickly and ready to play from the start of the match. Several players like Alex Morgan and Rose Lavelle took some hard hits inside the box leading to two penalty kicks. But shortly after the United States’ scored their first goal on a penalty kick, the USA’s mojo started to crumble a bit as goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher passed the ball to a tightly marked player which lead to an easy goal for Spain. The match ended with a 2-1 victory for the United States.
All things considering, the USWNT is preparing both mentally and physically for Friday’s match against France which will be their toughest match of the 2019 Women’s World Cup. This match between the U.S. and France is one that French and American fans alike have had on their calendars for a long while. It is safe to say that the French will come out ready to play in their home country. This home field advantage will be at a factor that will undoubtedly influence the outcome of the match. Looking to gain a little bit of redemption from the tough match against Spain, the USWNT will come out with four days of rest and preparation ready to play fast, physical football. Alex Morgan, who took a lot of hard hits during the match vs. Spain is expected to play on Friday against France though she is still battling an injury to her knee.
The quarterfinals match between the United States and France will take place on Friday, June 28th in Paris at 3 pm Eastern Time on Fox, FS1, and Telemundo.
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