Lloyd says 2019 United States team not a continuation of 2015
Jul 05 2019
"I think that the stakes are always heightened in the World Cup and things are dramatized, I think that I myself have really stayed outside of all of that type of coverage and that's really important to me to deliver on what my team needs from me".
The match averaged 472,000 viewers online -361,000 on Fox apps and 111,000 on NBC and Telemundo apps- which makes it the most-streamed Women's World Cup match ever.
Press also earned praise for having a "tremendous game", and Morgan can now look forward to appearing in a third straight World Cup final.
It was a tense, physical and nerve-wracking back-and-forth contest - particularly in the second half. Turns out, people rooting for the United States were on board.
The holders were without Megan Rapinoe for the semi-final in Lyon, the scorer of all her team's goals in the wins over Spain and France in the previous two rounds missing out with a hamstring injury.
The Rapinoe-Bronze battle had been billed as the match-up of the game changers. The team gave no reason for the swap. It didn't take long for England to respond.
After Ellen White pulled England level in the 19th, Alex Morgan headed the defending champions back in front in the 31st minute.
"Right now, it's tough to reflect on the positives but getting to a semi-final is obviously a big positive", she told Sky Sports News. This is also the first time a woman has scored in a World Cup match on her birthday.
But there was a slight touch by Becky Sauerbrunn which impeded her ability to get a shot on goal. Steph Houghton stepped up and took penalty, and you have to consider that these things do happen in games. US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher dove low and to the right to make a sparkling stop to keep the score 2-1.
The US women's team have come in for criticism during this World Cup already, particularly for what was seen by some as unnecessary or disrespectful goal celebrations during their 13-0 trouncing of Thailand earlier in the tournament but it seems like the accusations of arrogance are beginning to stick. Players miss penalty kicks, goalkeepers save them, it's just luck of the draw and it's just unfortunate that it had to be England on this occasion. "Fantastic team. So we have to be ready for the game", defender Stefanie van der Gragt said following the semifinal win. Only Germany has done that (2003 and 2007). The final is on Sunday in Lyon. On Tuesday, Morgan (right) mimed sipping tea after scoring the go-ahead goal on a attractive header in the 68th minute.