US Women’s National Team: Defeat Spain despite not scoring in open play

The US Women’s team were able to get by Spain’s hard hitting women’s team to advance to the round of 8 without scoring in open play.

The US women played well enough but they were challenged for the first time in the FIFA Women’s World Cup (#FIFAWWC2019) against a young group of Spaniard women who could score in open play. Winning on PKs in regular time seems cheap but it is still a win.

Megan Rapinoe scored both goals in penalty kick situations for Team USA in the 7th and 76th minutes. Jennifer Hermoso answered the first penalty score in the 9th minute tying the match and sending Team USA into the locker room without the lead for the first time in the 2019 World Cup.

There is much to be happy about if you’re a Team USA fan. Despite being challenged the number one ranked team in women’s soccer still came out ahead. Spain was being allowed to play hard, much of the contact would have resulted in fouls and yellow cards in other situations. Alex Morgan had it the toughest:

“We haven’t been tested like this in awhile.”

But when awarded penalty kicks Team USA converted and didn’t bow to the pressure. Soccer is unfair and Spain will be back and better team in the next World Cup. It was clear to us at Chaotic Sports that the referee was taking “let them play” to an extreme level.

But Spain isn’t France. And Spain isn’t Germany. And Spain isn’t England, Canada or Japan. Fans should be excited that Team USA didn’t play their best but played their toughest against a decent opponent. Now it’s time to make adjustments and get ready for what will be considered the actual championship of the 2019 World Cup (no offense Germany) versus France.

France was tested as well in their first playoff game. Brazil took the World Cup favorites to the brink on Sunday. To my eyes, playing much better and with more passion than the home team. Spain and Brazil go home with no shame. They stood in front of the two favorites to win the tournament and didn’t blink. Now those two favorites face each other on Friday 6/28 3pm EST/12pm PST and they are better teams because of those tests.

Who will win between France and USA in the Women’s World Cup? How crucial were the tests both had to face in the round of 16?

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Messi is Aggravated with his Fellow Argentines


Messi is getting the feeling that his countrymen believe 2nd place is the first losers and don’t care how well their national team is doing unless it involves bringing a major tournament cup home, something they haven’t haven’t done since 1993.

FourFourTwo quotes him as saying:

“We were lucky enough to get to the final of the World Cup and the Copa America and it seems like we didn’t do anything.

“We got to two finals, for f***’s sake. We didn’t win, what can you do, but we got to the final, we didn’t lose in the last 16.”

Messi is annoyed. Poor guy. He does have a point though, if football fans in Argentina want more effort and Messi is feeling the “weight of the shirt”. It’s hard to put in more effort when you’re already putting in the amount of effort that gets you to two major tournament finals.

For those of us Argentina supporters that appreciate the national team and are familiar with some of the team’s deficiencies (mostly on defense, Argentina has more offensive players than they know what to do with) are begrudgingly happy with the work the team has done.

In the case of the World Cup, Germany is a great team, an entire team of great players. Argentina played an intensely defensively oriented game, they almost made up for that so-so defense by working hard and they did lose in overtime overall the team played well, just without that elusive cup.

The truth is they have come in as the losers over and over during the course of Messi’s national career, the haters won’t go away even if they win a World Cup, they’ll say that Messi only won a single cup. My advice to Messi is to keep playing, keep being the flea, and don’t get discouraged, fans are fans look on the other side of the coin be thankful that you get to play in front of such a passionate base, people will go crazy when the time comes.

Your cups will come.