USWNT looks to defend World Cup title this summer

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USWNT looks to defend World Cup title this summer

The United States Women's Soccer team will look to defend their World Cup title this summer

The United States Women's Soccer team will look to defend their World Cup title this summer

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The United States Women's Soccer team will look to defend their World Cup title this summer

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The United States Women's Soccer team will look to defend their World Cup title this summer

Victoria Di Cesare, Staff Writer

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With a drastically changed starting lineup, the U.S Women’s National Team will be heading to France this summer to participate in the women’s World Cup. The Americans will be one of three key teams to watch in the cup competition.

The U.S. will be competing in Group F against Thailand, Chile, and Sweden. In 2015, the U.S. women’s team was in group D competing against Australia, Sweden, and Nigeria. They won their group with a score of seven, which was significantly higher than their opponents, with Australia having the next highest score of four.

With their global success in their last World Cup, the U.S. women’s team is definitely one to watch. Most fans will be surprised as they watch the women play this summer, as the team has adopted many new pieces of the puzzle over the past four years.

This has significantly changed their style of play, with veteran players taking on different roles on the field, and many players demonstrating their flexibility in different positions.  

Another team to look out for is France. They have had much success in their off-season games this year. In January, France competed against the U.S in a friendly and came out on top, 3-1. This left many fans from both teams shocked, and this sole game changed many opinions across the board.

The final team to look out for this summer in the Women’s World Cup is Japan. Similar to France, Japan’s off-season has found them experiencing a lot of success against the U.S.

With a final score of 5-2 in the last World Cup, the U.S. women earned the world title, leaving Japan in second place. But Japan’s friendly against the U.S in the “SheBelieves Cup” this past February ended in a tie 2-2, and an almost 50-50 split in terms of possession during the game. Japan showed much potential in that game with their possession and swift transitions from offense to defense through majority of the game.

It is very exciting to see some new thought and development within these three teams, and it will be even more exciting to see how they use it in the 2019 Women’s World Cup.