This weeks rematch of the 2019 World Cup Quarterfinal game ended in a 2-0 victory for the United States vs France. Both goals came in the first half from veteran players Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan in the first half of play. In case you missed it, here are five takeaways from today’s match.
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- Olympic Lyon COVID-19 Outbreak
We could not ignore the fact that both France and the U.S. were missing key players on both sides. Due to a COVID-19 outbreak on Lyon’s team where 10 players tested positive for the virus, the club and player safety, as well as the country of France’s restrictions on traveling and quarantining, Catarina Macario for the U.S, and Wendie Renard, Amel Majri and Delphine Cascarino for France, to be absent from the game.
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- The Audio Was Entertaining
Without a single fan in the stands due to France’s COVID guidelines regarding spectators, it really elevated the volume to the players and coaches on and off the field. With no fans and no fake audience sounds being pumped into the broadcast, we were really able to clearly hear chatter from the players and coaches communicating on the field which was both fascinating and hilarious. This particularly stood out because we are typically not able to hear players talking to one another so clearly, which just goes to show, even the pros are just like us. Communication is key!
- Rapinoe is Clutch (But We Knew That)
After Rapinoe nailed the game tying penalty in the game against Sweden in the 87th minute, it did not take her quite as long to get the ball rolling today against France. In the sixth minute, ‘Pinoe effortlessly slotted her PK in the lower right side of the goal to start the USWNT’s victory.
- Mama Morgan Still Has It, Too
We expect nothing less from Alex Morgan in her 175th cap than scoring a complete banger from a Press assist in the 18th minute. In her six games back since giving birth to baby Charlie last May, Morgan has scored two goals as a mom. Not to mention, she is always bringing her adorable baby to team events and endeavours, which is always a photo bonus.
- Press’ Ponytail Takedown
Apparently the only way to stop the dynamic Christen Press is by pulling her hair. I definitely had to do a double take when Press went down on the left side of the 18 to determine if she was taken down by a tackle, jersey pull, or slipped. Turns out, none of the above-- poor Press got yanked by her pony, which as fellow female athletes, we can attest, does NOT feel good. Complement accepted, I guess!
Hope you enjoyed this fun little recap of today’s International Friendly. Each game means we are another day closer to the Olympics, and inching toward another gold medal.
Blog Contributor: Zoe Rodriguez-Willie (@zoekalia)
Zoe Rodriguez-Willie is a third year college student at California Lutheran University, majoring in Communications with a minor in Sports Management. She is a Southern California native who is a connoisseur of European soccer and major proponent of women’s sports. When she is not cheering on Barcelona or the USWNT, you may find her at Disneyland, the beach, or with her cat, Willow.