In a highly-anticipated 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup match, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will take on France in the quarterfinals in Paris at 12 p.m. on Friday.
The USWNT has picked up some detractors along the way, because of how they beat their first three opponents in the group stages, beginning with a 13-0 thumping of Thailand, a 3-0 shutout against Chile before rounding out with another shutout against Sweden, winning 2-0.
Then, in the Round of 16, the USWNT conceded its first goal of the tournament, defeating Spain 2-1 in what most would call the Americans’ first real test to advance to the quarterfinals.
“Hopefully a complete spectacle. Just an absolute media circus,” said Megan Rapinoe in a postgame interview with USA Today’s Nancy Armour about the match with France. “I hope it’s huge and crazy. That’s what it should be. This is the best game, this is what everybody wanted.”
Similarly, France has defeated all four of its opponents thus far, beating South Korea 4-0 in the opening match of group stages before defeating Norway 2-1 and Nigeria 1-0 in the third group stage match.
Drawing Brazil in the Round of 16, France came away with a narrow 2-1 win in extra time to defeat the South American nation and advance to play the USWNT on Friday. If the USWNT were to defeat France, they would match the World Cup record of 15 straight games without a loss set by Germany over the course of games played between 2003-11.