Lavelle, Pugh, US face host nation France in marquee matchup

Washington Spirit  |   June 28, 2019
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REIMS, – JUNE 24: Mallory Pugh #2 laughs withRose Lavelle #16 during a game between NT v Spain and at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 24, 2019 in Reims, France.

Jordan Viener

Boyds, MD. (6/27/2019)- Washington Spirit players Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh continue their run with the US Women’s National Team as The Stars and Stripes prepare for the marquee match of the tournament thus far, facing host nation France in Paris.

The US earned its toughest victory yet against Spain on Monday in the round of 16. Lavelle had a major contribution to the victory, drawing the foul that led to the game-winning penalty kick.

Pugh and Lavelle have both been solid contributors for the Stars and Stripes. Lavelle has earned three starts in the US midfield and has scored two goals. Pugh has started once and has appeared in three matches.

Pugh also scored a goal of her own, at 21 years and 43 days she is the third youngest USWNT player to score a World Cup goal.

France is one of the five remaining teams that has yet to lose a match. Last Sunday the French earned a 2-1 Round of 16 victory against top ten opponent Brazil. Les Bleues now hold a +7 goal differential, a three-way tie for third best of the teams remaining in the World Cup.

Many soccer pundits (including Spirit ambassador Joanna Lohman) have this match highlighted as the key match of the tournament, with the winner likely to advance to the final and possibly even win the World Cup. 

The demand for this game reflects the importance of tomorrow’s matchup. The most expensive ticket is $11,989, the second most expensive ticket to any sporting event this year.  

You can watch Lavelle, Pugh and the USWNT at 3 p.m. ET on FOX and Telemundo.

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