United States advances to the 2019 Women's World Cup of Soccer Final


It was a moment to reflect and dwell on what could have been.

"My players gave me everything".

England coach Phil Neville, however, said he's happy after the defeat.

"We have come to the World Cup and given our absolute all", Neville recalled telling them. "I wanted to see smiles". We've only had three rest days I think for four games in a row or three games in a row and that's where the depth comes in.

England will now face either Holland or Sweden in Saturday's play-off for third place. "They have touched the hearts of the nation back home".

"I don't wallow. I won't go back to my room tonight and feel sorry for myself".

This World Cup was a turning point for the women's game in England.

Ellis also started with Lindsey Horan, the US' most imposing midfielder and the NWSL's 2018 player of the year, but absent from the starting line-up in the two knockout matches. "We've come to the World Cup and we've given it our all", Neville said.

Neville is always planning ahead.

Many felt they would need to hit their peak against the United States but, despite a spirited display from goalscorer Ellen White - who is now the tournament's joint top goalscorer with Alex Morgan - most suffered a drop-off.

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England were stunned, but they were back level on 19 minutes as Mead's pinpoint delivery picked out White and she steered the ball in off the frame of the goal for her sixth of the tournament. "VAR is there to check, VAR is there to make the right decision, so if I was offside, it's offside".

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"But obviously the US have great movement and you can analyze them as much as you want".

England star Ellen White bagged an equaliser and the golden boot lead nine minutes later, before Alex Morgan re-joined her at the top of the goal scoring tally with a superb header. Unfortunately, on social media and on more traditional media, the "takes" were incoming, and all of us were a little bit dumber as a result. "We caused the U.S. many problems, but could we have done more?"

A disallowed England goal, missed penalty, and sending off saw the team bow out 2 - 1 to the USA.

"It's devastating to be honest", White said.

There was a second chance to level when a low cross from Demi Stokes came in White's direction.

As for Rapinoe, she says "I'm expecting to be fit for the final and ready to go".

The penalty was awarded. "Steph was on penalties and she stepped up and fair play to her".

And it left Lioness Jade Moore looking for deeper meaning in their effort.

Alex Morgan has more to celebrate today than just her 30th birthday.

The president also promised to invite the team "win or lose".

That said, people have told me they want to see the United States keep possession and go for another goal to close out a game.