KENYA BROWN - Monday, June 17, 2019
Carli Lloyd led the way with a pair of goals and Julie Ertz scored her first of the Women's World Cup as the United States came away with shutout win over Chile in Paris on Sunday.
The win guarantees the US a spot in the knockout stage of the tournament as they look to defend their crown.
Coming off a huge win over Thailand in their Group F opener against Thailand last week, there were high expectations that the Americans would provide another scoring display at the Parc des Princes. However, with the group decider against Sweden coming in three day's time, US coach Jill Ellis decided to give some of her regulars a rest as she made seven changes to the lineup.
The changes did not stop the heavily favored team from continuing their menace on the World Cup debutantes from South America.
Lloyd opened the scoring for the US 11 minutes into the contest when the Chilean back-line did poorly to clear the ball out of their area, allowing the midfielder to fire her volleyed shot from the edge of the area into the back of the net.
The Americans would double their lead 15 minutes later when Ertz headed in a corner kick from teammate Tierna Davidson. Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler would get a hand on the ball, but Ertz's effort was just too powerful to stop from going in.
The score would then turn to 3-0 in the 35th minute with a similar set play as Davidson once again provided the corner kick. But this time around it would be Lloyd who got her head on the ball to put away her second of the game.
The US was in dominating form, and more goals should have come their way. However, Endler did well to keep them from scoring further in the second half with some spectacular saves.
Lloyd then had a chance to seal her hat-trick in the 78th minute when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty following a review from the video assistant referee as it was judged that there was a foul in the area. The number 10 stepped up but her shot went wide of the goal.
But there were no worries in the end as the US secured another three points as their campaign to retain the World Cup title continues.
Up next will be their toughest clash in Group F as they take on Sweden at Stade Oceane in Le Harve on Thursday to determine who will finish at the top.