PREVIEW: USA VS. CHILE
KENYA BROWN - Sunday, June 16, 2019
The US Women's National Team return to competition on Sunday as they look to secure their spot in the knockout stages in their second Group F game against Chile in Paris.
After coming off a record 13-0 win over Thailand in their first game in Reims, Jill Ellis' team has to be brimming with confidence. However, they will face a slightly tougher test against their South American opponents, so while they are expected to win the game it most certainly will not be as wide of a margin as they had against the Southeast Asian team.
One of the big questions coming into the Chile game is whether Ellis will make any changes in the starting eleven. They've had five days for rest and preparation, but after this game, they will face an all-important encounter against Group F rivals Sweden, and that one will determine who will finish top of the group.
This game could allow for a few of the reserves to enter the starting lineup, but it most certainly will not lead to a drop in quality.
Another question entering this game is whether the United States can still show the same goal-scoring form that they did against Thailand. Every goal they scored in their game last week was of good quality, so fans will be hungry for more of the same.
But the Chileans, who are making their debut at the second Women's World Cup, will look to make the game more difficult for the Americans, and they have confidence in their goalkeeper, Christiane Endler, to make sure that the ball stays out of the back of the net as much as possible.
Endler, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain Feminines, was lauded for his display despite her team falling in a 2-0 loss to Sweden.
It promises to be another exciting game as the US look for another win at Parc des Princes.