Abby Dahlkemper and Jessica McDonald have been the one North Carolina Braveness gamers to characteristic because the USWNT took on Chile on Sunday afternoon. The USWNT got here away as 3-Zero winners regardless of the efforts of Chilean goalkeeper Cristiane Endler and sit on prime of Group F as a result of aim distinction.
Jessica McDonald nearly caps off her debut with a surprise strike
McDonald got here in for her debut on the World Cup because the second half was set to start and put in a terrific efficiency for the USWNT. She continued to harry the Chilean backline every time she might and supplied a terrific outlet for her teammates to search out after they wanted somebody to carry up the ball. Taking part in additional large than she normally does, McDonald nonetheless supplied a menace and nearly had her first World Cup aim within the 62nd minute.
McDonald picked up the ball out large, drove ahead earlier than reducing inside and sending in a curling effort that cannoned off the publish with Endler utterly crushed. It might have taken one thing that particular to beat the Chilean goalkeeper who had been glorious all day lengthy and McDonald was inches away from writing one other epic chapter in her soccer profession.
Dahlkemper and the USWNT backline maintain one other clear sheet
Two video games, two clear sheet. That’s all Abby Dahlkemper might ask for at this stage of the competitors. This time round Dahlkemper was the one one of many again 4 who performed towards Thailand beforehand who began this match as properly. The NC Braveness defender was substituted out of the match within the 82nd minute and can be comfortable along with her general efficiency. Chile didn’t get a lot of a possibility to threaten the U.S. aim and Dahlkemper’s vary of passing (and its accuracy) was on full show as soon as once more.
With the win, the U.S. have now certified for the Spherical of 16 and can doubtlessly face both Spain or doubtlessly the Netherlands or Canada. The USWNT will now face Sweden on Thursday afternoon in a sport that can resolve who will end first and second in Group F, thus additionally deciding who the USWNT will face within the knock out phases.