Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rapinoe expects to be 'good to go' for Women's World Cup final

Rapinoe expects to be 'good to go' for Women's World Cup final

The United States is about to conclude its summer in France with an opportunity to further cement its place as the best team on the global stage.

Dorrance led the USA to glory in the first Women's World Cup in 1991.

"Not myself, not Ali Krieger and I suspect not many, if any, of the other players, but I haven't spoken to everyone about it". I really felt that family feeling and I was in a top team with top coaches. "This is the absolute best stage".

"I feel very fortunate to be in this country - I'd never be able to do this in a lot of other places but also, that doesn't mean that we can't get better".

The United States head into the women's World Cup final against the Netherlands tomorrow seemingly in such rude health that the biggest controversy surrounding the holders in recent days has been Alex Morgan's tea-sipping goal celebration against England.

"We've celebrated the wonderful moments".

U.S. star Megan Rapinoe said she felt like a "kid in the candy story" at the tournament.

"We need to approach the game as we do before every game". The Americans defeated Japan in 2015, avenging defeat from the same team in 2011.

For the first time all World Cup, Jill Ellis and the USWNT will face a squad that's won a major title this century.

The three-time world champions U.S. are coming into the final riding high on a hard fought win against England. On Sunday, the mighty United States will battle the bright orange Netherlands as two soccer-crazed nations tune in. I don't think you get to the point of having an incredible business by running it on a budget that is one dollar more than it was a year ago.

Martens has battled a foot injury, and was withdrawn at half time in the semi-final. I am so proud.

"It does help settle us into the game and it has helped us in these last few games", Horan said.

Photos from the Dutch training session Saturday showed Martens sitting on the sideline at times while the rest of the team went through drills on the field. "It will be hard but it will be incredible to win".

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He said the increase was part of a wider plan to invest a further $500 million in the women's game to achieve a total of $1 billion over the next four years.

The USWNT is already breaking viewership records this World Cup - the semi-final match against France was the most-watched soccer match on English-language TV since the 2018 men's World Cup final. Along the way, the U.S. side also vanquished nemesis Sweden, the team that knocked them out of the 2016 Olympics in the quarterfinals.

For Sunday's game to be anything other than a coronation, Wiegman will need her key players to deliver the performance of their lives but, while lacking the power and physical presence of the Americans, the Dutch have no shortage of talent. And one of the stars for the US women's team, Megan Rapinoe, has called this - and I'm quoting - "ridiculous and disappointing" and a "distraction".

United States captain Megan Rapinoe says she does not think women's football gets enough respect from Fifa.

"It is a wonderful statement", said Ellis before the match.

"I feel so good about this group", Ellis said. One, they're reigning champions, so, of course, the target is always going to be enormous on your back if you're a reigning champion. "So no, I don't know how it happened, I read somewhere that they said they just didn't think about it - that's a bit of a problem".

"No, you're not. Are you letting federations have their teams play two games in the four years between each tournament?"

Boss Sarina Wiegman admits her side are up against it, but doesn't think they will buckle in the face of the likely early onslaught from the U.S.

Having won her 101st match as U.S. manager against England, the English-born Ellis is looking to become the first coach to win the Women's World Cup twice. The rest of the world is ascending the peak, though, and that is why, should the United States win it all again, the degree of satisfaction will swell. The men's World Cup prize money is set at $440 million in 2022, up from $400 million.

"But if you really care about letting the gap grow, are you scheduling three finals on the same day? No, you're not", Rapinoe said.

"We're the underdog. I'm fine with that", she said.

When Rapinoe gets to Christen Press, who is playing in her second World Cup, she fights back tears - when Press scored against England, she looked up to the sky in tribune to her mother, who died in January.

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