The U.S. has already advanced to the next round of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, even if they lose to Sweden. The teams are tied atop Group F with six points each, though the United States is in first place because of their massive lead in the goal differential tiebreaker.
USA defeated Chile comfortably despite resting key players like Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe for the entire game. Carli Lloyd scored twice in the first half to move into third on the all-time scoring charts for the U.S. with 10 behind Michelle Akers (12) and Abby Wambach (14) and she also became the first player to score in six consecutive Women’s World Cup games.
Julie Ertz also scored in the win for a U.S team that wanted to give a chance to some of their younger players while making sure their stars are well-rested and everyone is ready ahead of the game against Sweden, which has significance because they can win Group F with either a victory or a tie.
Winning the group can help the team’s seeding for the remainder of the tournament. Chile or Thailand can still advance to the next round with one of the third place spots, depending on how the next matches play out.
If the U.S. can win the group they would face the Group B second place team (Germany, Spain or China) on Monday, June 24 at 12:00 PM ET. If they lose to Sweden they would face the Group E second place team (Netherlands or Canada), also on Monday, June 24 but at 3:00 PM ET.
Odds to Win the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
(Courtesy of 5Dimes)
United States +190
South Korea +35000
New Zealand +35000
South Africa +150000