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The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

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The 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup is the highest competition for a countries soccer program. It is no surprise that the United States Women’s National Team has qualified for yet another World Cup. Being the last World Cup champions, the pressure is on the United States to with their 4th World Cup title. The 2015 World Cup could not have gone better for the United States, going all the way to the final and winning the competition. This year though, the competition could not be tougher with teams catching up the the United States caliber and actually challenging them for a title. Teams like France (whose men just won the Men’s World Cup) and Australia are proving to be just as good as the USWNT (United States Women’s National Team).

           The World Cup qualifying tournament was a walk in the park for the United States women, outscoring opponents 26-0 over the course of 5 games. That’s an average of 5.2 goals per game, which is higher than any other team in the qualifying rounds for the World Cup. The only team in Concacaf (the region that the USWNT are in) that might pose a threat to them is Canada. Canada has proven to be a thorn in the side of the U.S. Facing them in the semi-final of the London 2012 Olympics, the game was forced into double overtime with late goals coming from Alex Morgan in the 123rd minute and Abby Wambach in the 105th minute. The U.S. eventually won the game 4-3 and pushed on to the win gold in the Olympics.

            The United States women have changed their roster quite a bit since the last World Cup. Some major departures have been Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly. Not only has the U.S. lost some of its greatest players, it has brought up some of the world’s best young female football/soccer players, including Mallory Pugh, Rose Lavelle, and Tierna Davidson. Mallory is one of the youngest female soccer players to start for the USWNT, making her debut at age 17 and scoring in her first game and giving her a spot on the senior national team for the Rio Olympics in 2016. Something very special about Mallory Pugh is that she did not go through college with her soccer experience, she graduated high school in 2016 and signed a professional contract immediately, signing for the Washington Spirit NWSL(National Women’s Soccer League)  soccer team. This is arguably the toughest women’s league in the world and a 17 year old girl has just signed a contract to join a team for the next season, if that doesn’t show you how good Mallory Pugh is then I don’t know what will.

           Having a mix of young talent and more experienced players on the team is a major advantage for the U.S. women, not only does this allow younger players to gain valuable experience for the future, but it allows them to develop at such a high level at such a young age. The USWNT will definitely be up for a challenge in the 2019 Women’s World Cup, but I feel as if the U.S. is heading into the competition as heavy favorites to win the whole thing.

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The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup