Megan Rapinoe hoped that it would be “a total shitshow circus” and Friday’s quarter-final between the US and France delivered. It was the biggest match of this Women’s World Cup yet, both in the hype leading up to it and the quality on the field. The defending champions continue to look unstoppable while the hosts will feel they missed an opportunity to win over their home nation more. Here are the key takeaways from the game. Jill Ellis gets it right, despite her critics It was a big decision. Lindsey Horan, long the USWNT’s preferred starting No 8, would not be starting against France. She wasn’t injured – it was a pure coaching – and Samantha Mewis would take her place. Why? “Just playing Sam – that was kind of it,” Ellis said. “I think Sam is in-form.” It’s hard to quibble with Mewis’s form. She had a strong game, disrupting France’s play and serving as a reliable passing outlet, and generally did what she needed to do, other than a dive that could’ve been booked for simulation. But Horan is arguably the best, most impactful midfielder in the world – at least when she is given the chance to… Read full this story
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