The US National women’s soccer team squares off with the Netherlands for the World Cup tomorrow at Lyon Olympic Stadium (capacity 59,000+) in Lyon, France at 10 AM CT on FOX.
U.S. star Alex Morgan leads the tournament for the coveted Golden Boot award given to the leading goal scorer and assist leader. Morgan has posted 6 goals in the tournament. She leads teammate Megan Rapinoe by one goal. Rapinoe missed the phenomenal semifinal match against England with a strain in her hamstring. The U.S. won 2-1. and Morgan scored the game winning goal in the first half and the U.S. held off a valiant British effort in the second half.
Rapinoe says she’s ready to go for the final. No announcement has been made by Coach Jill Ellis, but Rapinoe is a fierce competitor so the chances of her playing are very good. Morgan has been terrific as has goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. Naeher made the game saving stop on a penalty kick by England on Wednesday, a spectacular play that stopped a free kick from 15 feet with no defense against the kicker. It was just Naeher and the kicker and Naeher guessed right diving to her right to stop and prevent a potential game tying goal late in the second half.
The Dutch are undefeated, like the U.S., in the tournament and are a pretty tough darkhorse team. They defeated Sweden in the semifinals on Wednesday 1-0 in overtime.
This United States team has been nothing short of spectacular. They have some serious confidence, some other countries have called it arrogance, but they play hard, they’re a tight knit group, and are highly formidable. The Dutch are pretty relentless themselves, but I like Morgan, Rapinoe and Naeher to get the job done and lead the U.S. to their second World Cup in a row. They also won in 2015 in Canada.