With several line up changes to the Jill Ellis-led team, the Americans secured their spot in the last 16 and will advance to the knockout rounds as they now have six points and are leading Group F. Sunday marked the first time the US goalkeeper was called into action on the World Cup stage, and while the U.S.'s play has largely been flawless, it served as a warning for the future.
If Carli Lloyd finished off her hat trick, maybe she would have received today's honor instead of Endler. Lloyd exchanged encouraging words and tweets with goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying, and Federation Internationale de Football Association posted an interview with Thailand's coach thanking the us players for being professional and playing well.
Lloyd is the first player in Women's World Cup history to score at least one goal in six straight tournament games.
The United States women's soccer team can't maintain their current standard, can they? Julie Ertz heads home a corner kick to give the United States of America a two-goal lead. 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.
She almost got another hat trick - which would have made her the first player with two in the World Cup - but her penalty kick in the 81st minute went wide left.
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The 2015 Women's World Cup hero has been mostly been coming off the bench as of late and has made it clear she'd rather be starting. This save, for example, came in the first half. She's been compared to her predecessor Hope Solo and is starting in her first major tournament.
The U.S. had a number of good chances to extend their lead in the second half, but Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler made a number of good saves to keep the American's from adding more goals. The controversy clouded the run-up to the match against Chile.
Chile lost its opener to Sweden 2-0.
Despite her age, she certainly proved she can make an impact on the World Cup stage in Sunday's game against Chile. The second goal got past her in stoppage time. It was Ertz's first World Cup goal and came with her husband Zach Ertz, a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, looking on.
US soccer maintains that the two teams have different pay structures because of separate collective bargaining agreements. As noted by my colleague Laurel Wamsley who attended the game in Paris's Parc des Princes stadium: "There were so many shots on the Chile goal, but they were stopped by Endler who had an incredible game".