The 2019 women’s soccer championship is underway in France, and so far, one thing is clear – if anyone other than the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) wins it, it’ll be considered a big upset. To date, the U.S. is clearly the team to beat – and they’ve reaffirmed this throughout the group play stages and into the knockout round. We’re talking about a team that trounced Thailand by a score of 13-0, the biggest margin of victory in the history of the championship (men and women). It’s no question that the USWNT is looking to take home its second consecutive World Cup win, after being crowned champion four years prior in Germany.
Who Can Beat the U.S. Women’s National Team?
So, with the USWNT as the clear front-runners, let’s take a moment to examine which teams could potentially play spoiler. To date, it’s worth noting that the U.S. has cruised through group play, posting a perfect 3-0 record, while tallying 18 goals and barring opponents from scoring any.
The team just played Spain in the knockout round and had their tightest match yet. Spain played very well in terms of possession and pressing the USWNT. It certainly wasn’t our strongest game as we allowed our first goal of the tournament, but in the end, the USWNT defeated Spain with two penalty kick conversions from Megan Rapinoe. Next up, the U.S. women will go up again host nation, France. The French women are currently ranked at #4 in the world so this will be a massive test for Alex Morgan and company in Paris on Friday, June 28.
So, who do we see winning the 2019 women’s soccer championship? Well, let’s just say that we’re not going to bet against the Americans. With star players like Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd, it looks like other teams will have to play their best games and catch the United States on an off night to beat them. That’s a tough feat. As for runner-up and third place, we’ll take The Netherlands in second and Germany to come out in third place.
Who will you be rooting for during this year’s women’s soccer championship?
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