The USWNT squad that took the field against Chile for the second Group F game included only four players from the team's regular lineup and still was almost as dominant as the starters had been in their record-setting opener five days earlier. Lloyd, however, has maintained she's in the best shape of her life. But the US can not afford to have her make mistakes like that moving forward, especially as the games get tougher. The U.S. had an official total of 26 shots, nine on goal, but the Chile and PSG goalkeeper was an acrobatic hero.
There was a logic to Ellis' approach.
Their goal difference is such that a draw when they face the Swedes in Le Havre on Thursday will see them advance in the first place, which increases the chances of a heavyweight quarter-final showdown back in Paris with hosts France. She's arguably more committed to retooling and perfecting her game than anybody and played a full 90 minutes against Chile.
The victory over Chile was more subdued than the USA team's record-breaking rout of Thailand. The 6-footer who plays for Paris Saint-Germain was solid again against the US, which peppered her with shots.
But now it'll basically be one fewer game for the Americans, unless France decides it is deep enough to rest starters Monday against Nigeria - or determines that winning its group is not essential. The first came after 11 minutes (WATCH HERE), and her second just 10 minutes before halftime. Despite scoring 10 less times against Chile, which is actually ranked lower than Thailand by Federation Internationale de Football Association, the United States was beyond convincing in its control and performance on Sunday.
"It's haunting me right now", Lloyd said. She accepted the role, but made no secret she wanted to start. Lloyd set a record by scoring in her sixth consecutive World Cup game and increased her career total of worldwide goals to 113, fourth in USWNT history. Our league in Chile is still amateur and many of our players have had to leave the country to play professionally. Lloyd tried to squeeze the ball inside the left post and pushed her attempt wide.More news: Heavyweight action: Tyson Fury in Las Vegas destruction job
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Just when it looked as though the U.S. had lost its rhythm, up popped Julie Ertz to double the lead with a superbly taken header before Lloyd followed suit to add a third before the break.
The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup runs until July 7.
"This must be the beginning of something bigger and more important so more girls can dedicate themselves to the game professionally". US 1, Chile 0. They were noticeably more muted in this one, and all three goals were in the first half. The play clearly was offsides, but Naeher just as clearly whiffed on what should have been a save.
The U.S. will play Sweden on Thursday to determine who will top Group F. Both teams now have six points after two games.
Ellis' decision paid off in a major way, as the Americans notched a second win and kept some of its star players fresh heading into a pivotal third game.