Howdy, my name is Houston Mitchell and France is gone. Next is England. Is this soccer or a game of “Risk?”
In a match that should have been the World Cup final and not a quarterfinal, the U.S. got two goals from
“In a World Cup, you need to be able to win pretty and win dirty,” defender
“Tonight was one of those nights were you put in a hard shift.”
The U.S. now has a 10-game winning streak in World Cup play.
Rapinoe’s first goal came in the fifth minute on a free kick through traffic and the second an hour later when Rapinoe, trailing the play, scooped up a pass that had evaded Sam Mewis in the center of the box and blasted it into the lower left corner.
“We play with a lot of heart and a lot of guts,” defender Kelley O’Hara said. “We can be blue collar if we need to be. Trust me.”
Wendie Renard scored for France in the 81st minute, and the host country’s team applied a lot of late pressure but could not score the tying goal.
Playing before a hometown crowd of 45,595, the largest of this World Cup, the French outshot the U.S. 20-10 and had the ball 60% of the time. The U.S. had dominated both statistics in its first four games here.
“The surge of momentum from the fans, at times it was tsunami,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said.
“I’ve been very fortunate to be in some pretty amazing, amazing games,” added Sauerbrunn. “But I’ll put this top 10.”
Quarterfinal results/schedule (PDT)
England 3, Norway 0
United States 2, France 1
Italy vs. Netherlands, 6 a.m., FS1
Germany vs. Sweden, 9:30 a.m., FS1
England vs. U.S., noon, Fox
Italy/Netherlands winner vs. Germany/Sweden winner, noon, FS1
July 6, 8 a.m., Fox
July 7, 8 a.m., Fox
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Born on this date
1936: Baseball player Harmon Killebrew
1936: Figure skater David Jenkins
1949: Football player/sportscaster Dan Dierdorf
1954: Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt
1956: Former Dodger Pedro Guerrero
1958: Marathoner Rosa Mota
1971: NHL player Mike Sillinger
1973: Cyclist George Hincapie
1980: Race car driver Martin Truex Jr.
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