Welcome to your live thread for the United States Women's National Team against France, the host country of this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. It’s been less than a year since these two sides last met, resulting in a 1-1 draw in the 2018 SheBelieves Cup at Red Bull Arena last March 4. Today’s match at a sold-out Stade Océane in Le Havre, France kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET (FS1 and UDN).
This match-up doesn’t seem like a typical friendly. It pits the No. 1 U.S. against No. 3 France in a battle of the world’s best. Both teams will want to make a big statement heading into this summer’s big event. The USWNT will be looking to defend its title while France will want to serve notice that the hosts are out to take that crown away in 2019.
Orlando Pride stars Alex Morgan and Ashlyn Harris are once again on the U.S. roster. Morgan is fresh off winning the Concacaf Female Player of the Year Award and will try to continue her outstanding 2018 form in the first match of this World Cup year of 2019. The Pride forward is just two goals shy of 100 for her international career. Harris will likely be backing up Alyssa Naeher today.
The Americans are 17-2-3 against France, but have not won in the last two meetings. Prior to last year’s draw referenced above, the USWNT lost 3-0 to France in the 2017 SheBelieves Cup. The U.S. last tasted victory against France with a 1-0 win in the 2016 SheBelieves Cup on Alex Morgan’s stoppage-time goal in Nashville. The U.S. also beat the French by the same score line in the Olympics that year on Carli Lloyd’s goal. The USWNT holds a 53-19 goal advantage in the series.
The United States is riding a 28-match unbeaten streak (25-0-3). The USWNT has outscored its opponents 93-17 in that span and scored at least a goal in each of those matches. The last time the U.S. failed to score a goal came against Australia in the 2017 Tournament of Nations — an impressive stretch of 33 games.
France manager Corinne Diacre has an outstanding roster of world-class players, led by forwards Eugénie Le Sommer from Olympique Lyonnais and Gaёtane Thiney, midfielder Amandine Henry, and defender Wendie Renard.
Defenders (8): 7-Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage; 30/0), 12-Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 12/1); 19-Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage; 75/24), 26-Emily Fox (University of North Carolina; 2/0), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 112/2); 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 149/0), 14-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), 2-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 26/0).
Midfielders (8): 6-Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 81/6), 22-Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 2/0), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 73/18); 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 62/7), 16-Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 20/6), 3-Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 41/8), 27-Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 11/0), 25-McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage; 7/0).
Forwards (7): 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 142/25); 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 265/105), 20-Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage; 3/1), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 153/98), 23-Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 106/46), 11-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 43/12), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 145/41).
Goalkeepers (3): Sarah Bouhaddi (Olympique Lyonnais), Solène Durand (EA de Guingamp), Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Arsenal FC, England).
Defenders (8): Julie Debever (EA de Guingamp), Sakina Karchaoui (Montpellier HSC), Charlotte Lorgere (EA de Guingamp), Amel Majri (Olympique Lyonnais), Ève Perisset (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais), Marion Torrent (Montpellier HSC), Aïssatou Tounkara (Atlético Madrid, Spain).
Midfielders (4): Charlotte Bilbault (Paris FC), Élise Bussaglia (Dijon FCOF), Onema Grace Geyoro (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Amandine Henry (Olympique Lyonnais).
Forwards (8): Viviane Asseyi (FC Girondins de Bordeaux), Delphine Cascarino (Olympique Lyonnais), Kenza Dali (Dijon FCO), Kadidiatou Diani (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Valérie Gauvin (Montpellier HSC), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Eugénie Le Sommer (Olympique Lyonnais), Gaëtane Thiney (Paris FC).
How to Watch
Match Time: 2:30 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Stade Océane — Le Havre, France.
TV: FS1, UDN.
Streaming: FOX Sports GO.
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