Support for women's game

  • Support for women's game

Support for women's game

With the 2019 FIFA World Cup in full swing, the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team begins its quest to defend its 2015 win.

At an open training session, French children surrounded the US players in hopes of getting autographs. Morgan will be one of the players front and center as the USA seeks to bring home another World Cup win and maintain her status as one of the top forwards in the world. Sweden had 24 shots in the game compared to Chile's five, yet the ball didn't want to go in for the majority of the match.

It can be easy to get distracted not only by off-field matters in a World Cup, but with the tournament's on-field stories happening away from the US camp.

It is an intimidating assignment for the Thais, who are only appearing at their second World Cup.

"I'm very relieved, of course", said the Dutch coach, Sarina Wiegman, after her team dominated proceedings but were nearly forced to settle for a point. The U.S. and Thailand have played just once before, in 2016, when the U.S. won 9-0. Though it was nearly three years ago, there is a history between the two teams.

Elsewhere, Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg revealed that star player Dzsenifer Marozsan may miss the rest of the World Cup after being ruled out of Wednesday's crucial Group B clash with Spain due to a broken toe.

Morgan says that sort of experience gives the team an edge. "I think that's important to draw from both of those", she told reporters on Monday.

Meanwhile, European champions the Netherlands also got off to a winning start, but left it very late to beat New Zealand in Le Havre. The toughest of those is Sweden, the country that knocked out the US in the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics. They will face Sweden on June 20.

Morgan Brian, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Emily Sonnett, who all play for the United States, had a crowd of supporters watching on the big screen.

Morgan said she had just spotted Nild in the hallway and introduced herself.

Yet despite their dominance, the American women receive a fraction of the prize-money won by the far less successful US men's team.