The U.S. women’s soccer team will meet the Netherlands in the Women’s World Cup final Sunday.
Edited by: JV Staff
The U.S. are looking for their fourth World Cup title, while it’s the first time the Netherlands will be in the final match, according to a Fox News report. The U.S. are also in their third straight World Cup final. The Americans defeated Japan in 2015, avenging defeat from the same team in 2011.
The Americans appear to be the overwhelming favorites to win the final.
Fox News reported that the U.S. has the tournament’s joint top scorer who has six goals is Alex Morgan. Megan Rapinoe of the US team has scored five goals in the tournament and is expected to play in the match despite suffering a hamstring injury in the match against France, according to the Fox News report. Also playing quite well in a clutch performance against the UK team was Alyssa Naeher. She will be looking to carry that momentum into the final.
The team also has some controversy swirling around them over Morgan’s goal celebrations. The star striker appeared to pretend to sip tea after scoring a go-ahead goal against England. She responded to the criticism Friday, saying it amounts to a double standard, according to a Fox News report.
The Dutch may not be the favorites in the match, but their defensive showing against Sweden showed the U.S. better not take this team too lightly.
Fox News reported that Jackie Groenen scored the Netherlands’ game-winning goal against Sweden in extra time to lift the team to their first World Cup final.
The Netherlands won Group E, defeating Cameroon, New Zealand and Canada on their way to the knockout stage.
In the knockout stage, the Netherlands defeated the 2015 World Cup final runner-up Japan by one goal, and shutout Italy, 2-0, before beating Sweden.
Coverage of the Women’s World Cup final begins at 10 a.m. ET on local FOX stations. The match begins at 11 a.m. ET on local FOX stations. You can stream the match as well on FOX Sports Go. (Fox News)
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