Alex Morgan's USA expects more celebrations against Dutch contenders in the World Cup final
LYON: On Sunday, the head of the United States in the final of the Women's World Cup against the Netherlands with such rude health that the biggest controversy surrounding the holders in recent days has been Alex Morgan Drinking tea drinking goal against England.
Morgan, one of the faces on the US side who has made history by reaching a third consecutive final, has been at the center of a real storm in a cup of tea since he used the celebration to mark his winner in the semifinal on Tuesday.
Whether it is an attempt to liquidate the English for their love of drinking, or something more innocent, the level of attention of the media has impacted the 30-year-old.
You see men celebrating all over the world in big tournaments, grabbing their sacks or whatever, when I look over to have a cup of tea, I'm a little disconcerted and like you have to laugh at that to see all the criticism, Morgan said. Friday.
The striker scored five goals in the 13-0 record victory over Thailand, with which EE. UU He began his defense of the trophy, but it is Megan Rapinoe Who has been the big star of the tournament.
The pink haired midfielder scored all of her team's goals in the victories over Spain and France before losing the England showdown due to a hamstring problem.
Rapinoe has said that she should be fit to do the initial lineup of coach Jill Ellis for the game in Lyon, since USA. UU He intends to win a fourth World Cup in eight editions.
That would consolidate her status as the dominant force in the international women's game. There would also be immediate questions about whether the team could accept the offer of a trip to visit Donald Trump in the White House, but first they have to beat the European champions.
Being in the last three World Cup finals, it's pretty incredible, said veteran Carli Lloyd, a hat-trick striker in the 2015 final victory over Japan. Not everyone can say that, although we know that the work has not yet been done.
It's amazing, it's a testimony of this team, the program. Hopefully we can organize a program.
The 2015 tournament won by the USA. UU It was the first World Cup in the Netherlands, but the Oranje has had remarkable success since the tutelage of Sarina Wiegman.
She has overseen 12 victories in 12 games in the main tournaments, a race that took them to glory in their homeland at Euro 2017 and has seen them beat the winners of 2011 Japan, Italy and then Sweden in the qualifiers here.
I think all players dream of playing in the World Cup final and playing against the previous champions, and everyone dreams of getting as many trophies as they can, so I hope we can add one more, said defender Dominique Bloodworth. outsiders, and surely need the end of Barcelona, Lieke Martens, to get rid of the injury in the foot that forced her to go to rest in the 1-0 victory over the Swedes on Wednesday.
If they can achieve a sensational upheaval, this would confirm the emerging strength in depth in European women's football that will continue to threaten the hegemony of the US. UU
Spain, France and England have put a lot of pressure on the Americans in the elimination rounds, although the Dutch will need to significantly improve their performance in the semifinals.
They're a very, very fit team, but we can also see that there are some players right now who are getting injured and you can say that the game is growing because the games are very difficult, observed the former 24-year arsenal defender Bloodworth.
Will she and her fellow defenders keep Morgan from scoring and perhaps show another goal celebration on Sunday? I think it's going to be a quality match because you could say they want to play, said Morgan.