Paris, France, (6/28/2019) – Washington Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle earned her fourth 2019 Women’s World Cup start as the US topped France 2-1 in one of the most anticipated games of the tournament.
This match was hailed by multiple media outlets as one of the most important women’s soccer matches of the year as the FIFA World Ranked no. 1 and no. 4 squads faced off in Paris. FIFA reported that the Parc des Princes had been sold out for months in anticipation for the possible US vs France match-up.
Lavelle started in the midfield where she has played the last two matches. She displayed her trademark creativity during several attacks where she was able to create space and distribute the ball. Lavelle won a freekick and assisted on shot from Sam Mewis. Lavelle played the first 63 minutes of the match before being replaced by Lindsey Horan.
The US struck early with forward Megan Rapinoe scoring five minutes into the match following a free-kick that found the back of the net through a crowd in the six-yard box. Rapinoe added a second goal in the 65’ France gave the Stars and Stripes a two-goal lead.
For the first time in the tournament, the US held less possession than their opponent. France held the ball for 61% of the match and outshot the US by 20 total shots to 10, another first this tournament. France scored in the 81′ to pull within one but ultimately could not find an equalizer despite pushing forward as the USWNT’s back-line held strong.
ESPN reported that the most expensive resale ticket for the match was priced at 11,989 USD, the second most expensive ticket of any sporting event this year. Several news sources estimated that based on previous World Cup data, well over half of France watched the game.
Lavelle and US will play in the semi-finals for the 8th straight World Cup. They will face off against England on Tuesday, July 2 at 3 p.m. ET on FOX.