FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 will complete its journey today with grand final between Netherlands vs USA. This match will take place at Stade de Lyon, Lyon on 17:00 local time.
And then there were two. #LaGrandeFinale promises to be a historic event with a series of intriguing, interwoven storylines. The USA are back in the final for the third time in a row. Some players are still in the squad of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 ™. The title winner of 2015, Jill Ellis, will undoubtedly draw on the experience of four years ago to push her fresh team forward.
The US is the fourth star in the way: The Netherlands have their first Women’s World Cup final reached for the second time in the global finals. Their meteoric rise was fueled by a golden generation, led by the offensive flair of Vivianne Miedema, Lieke Martens and Shanice van de Sanden.
The outstanding offensive talents of both teams should provide a delicious finale, and the adidas Golden Boot race is another interesting subplot. For the Stars and Stripes, Alex Morgan (6 goals) and Megan Rapinoe (5) are fighting for the lead, while Miedema (3) is perhaps a bit too far behind to catch the dynamic duo – or the Englishwoman Ellen – White – at the top on the list of sharp shooters.
A record-breaking fourth title for the US or a maiden crown for the Dutch – who will write the story on Sunday?
Four years of preparation and the day has finally arrived for the USWNT to take on the Netherlands in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. It was not an easy road to the final for this US team, but the strength, strength and fighting of this unit have earned them a place in the final. The only factor that the US team has in relation to the Oranjeleeuwinnen in this game is the experience.
While this is the first World Cup final for the Netherlands, it is the fifth for the US and the third in the last three editions. Players who won in 2015, such as Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Tobin Heath, all know what matters – and their message for the 2019 class will certainly be: Write your own name in the history books on Sunday.
“For the first time in this tournament we will be outsiders,” said Danielle van de Donk to FIFA.com. And that’s certainly the case, because the Dutch have surprised themselves and the world – just like at UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 – by even making it this far. But as the players like to say: “Our hunt (Onze yacht) is far from over.”
The team has said time and again that they have yet to show their best football in France, and they certainly have to do their best to win to beat the owner. Otherwise, they could try to shock the football world again with the single gears of Lieke Martens, Jackie Groenen and Desiree van Lunteren, making the Dutch machine an outsider for the title. Now it’s about keeping the engine running smoothly.