Don't let USWNT score fool you, and Thailand has something to celebrate

Don't let USWNT score fool you, and Thailand has something to celebrate

The winning margin might not have been near to their record-breaking 13-0 hammering of Thailand in their opening Group F game, but this was still an extremely one-sided victory for the holders in Paris. Lloyd, however, has maintained she's in the best shape of her life. The U.S. had an official total of 26 shots, nine on goal, but the Chile and PSG goalkeeper was an acrobatic hero.

The score could have been worse for Chile without unshakable goalkeeper Christiane Endler, who finished with six saves and fended off a flurry of US shots in the second half.

There was a logic to Ellis' approach.

Two games were played at the Parc des Princes on Sunday evening.

Portland Thorns players Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Emily Sonnett and Adrianna Franch are all on the USA team and could see minutes in the game.

The U.S. had 15 corner kicks, scoring on two, and will need to keep creating these kinds of opportunities as the tournament gets more competitive. Alex Morgan tied the World Cup record for most individual goals with five, and she was among a record seven different scorers in a single game.

Lloyd nearly had her hat-trick on 72 minutes, looping a header over Endler, but watched in despair as it bounced back off the bar.

One of the knocks on Lloyd heading into this World Cup was her presumed fitness level. "I would say it's trying to earn a starting spot back".

She had her chance late on, but placed wide with a penalty awarded controversially on a pitchside VAR review for a foul right on the edge of the area, when the offence appeared to start outside the box.

Alex Morgan #13 of United States of America is warming up during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group F match between U.S. and Chile at Parc des Princes on June 16, 2019 in Paris, France. Only so many players can start, Lloyd knows that. She was so good as to perhaps cause Ellis to wonder if the regular unit would be improved by having Krieger supplant starter Kelley O'Hara.

That took the 36-year-old Lloyd's tally in the tournament to three, and 10 overall in World Cups. This save, for example, came in the first half. The play clearly was offsides, but Naeher just as clearly whiffed on what should have been a save.

Meanwhile, Chile has now lost both of its two group games and will hope for a better result in its final fixture against Thailand, who were beaten 5-1 by Sweden earlier on Sunday. The regular lineup should return for that, as Ellis has expressed no interest in "tanking" to avoid a potential quarterfinal game against France and a more challenging knockout-round bracket.

The USWNT was controlling possession and seemingly played the entire game in the attacking third.

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