Special Event: 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup: Final
July 7, 2019 7:41 AM - Subscribe

Today's the day, come in here for the Final!
posted by LobsterMitten (111 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
Yay! I’m super-excited. I wonder if the US attempt at an early goal is going to get any traction against the Holland defense? The US seems to rely on the morale boost from those early goals....
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:52 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Sitting on the edge of my sofa here in Copenhagen and ready for a SUPER match! Hopefully DK can participate in the next EM tournament.

I remember the times my family and I have visited the men's World Cup tournaments and the feeling and excitement in the crowd must be AMAZING!!

GO team!! Do the sports!! Get the points!!
posted by alchemist at 7:59 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


Alright let's go! Tehre were briefly two balls on the field but neither team fell for it, heh.
posted by TwoStride at 8:01 AM on July 7


I hope Lavelle's hamstring is good and I hope she plays out of her mind again like she did last match.
posted by TwoStride at 8:02 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


Usually, as a Canadian, cheering for the Americans feels like its contributing to the USA USA USA jingoism that's always problematic. But Megan Rapinoe has managed to make cheering for the US team feel like it's against all the bad stuff.

So I'm feeling like a neutral, just hoping for a good game. 🇺🇸 🇳🇱
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 8:09 AM on July 7 [6 favorites]


Spitse with a yellow card! Good call.
posted by TwoStride at 8:10 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Rapinoe looking a bit flat, I'd say.
posted by TwoStride at 8:12 AM on July 7


15 minutes gone and the US hasn’t scored. Completely unprecedented this tournament.
posted by Kattullus at 8:16 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


These long crosses aren't working out for the US at the moment. Though I guess maybe they can at least hope it'll tired out a Netherlands team that had less rest.
posted by TwoStride at 8:21 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Van Veenendaal is doing her job. I hope no one steps on her this time.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:24 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Naeher, too.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:25 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


Oh man so close for Lavelle on that corner!
posted by TwoStride at 8:27 AM on July 7


That was a really great corner. Not thrilled about Sauerbrunn taking a long time to get up, that could have been bad.

I was debating about watching this at a pub today, but my alarm didn't go off so I'm watching at home. Probably for the best.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 8:33 AM on July 7 [3 favorites]


Ok, Morgan was pretty ridiculous going down on that contact.
posted by TwoStride at 8:37 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Van Veenendaal, such a brilliant damn keeper!
posted by Kattullus at 8:38 AM on July 7 [5 favorites]


Copy my last comment, paste.
posted by Kattullus at 8:40 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Yeah the Dutch keeper is playing out of her mind right now.
posted by TwoStride at 8:40 AM on July 7 [9 favorites]


Ok when even all of the Dutch players stop because they think it's a foul you know that Lavelle was fouled.
posted by TwoStride at 8:41 AM on July 7 [8 favorites]


You have got to be kidding me.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:42 AM on July 7


Ooof, ugly head-to-head collision between O'Hara and a Dutch player.
posted by TwoStride at 8:46 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


I love the replays of very deadly looking shots, and amazing saves by the dutch goalie.
posted by fleacircus at 8:47 AM on July 7 [3 favorites]


That head collision looked brutal. Honestly, if I were Emperor of All Football, players would be automatically substituted after blows like that to the head.
posted by Kattullus at 8:47 AM on July 7 [9 favorites]


I agree, Kattullus, and I'd give each team an extra sub if someone goes out for a head injury to add a bit more incentive to taking someone off.
posted by TwoStride at 8:49 AM on July 7 [7 favorites]


That sounds like a good rule, I guess it would remove the strategic pressure to play through head injuries?
posted by fleacircus at 8:51 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


Definitely Van Veenendaal for first half MVP.

The officiating has seemed uneven, but I'll take missed calls over VAR breaks.

Rooting for no more scary head collisions for the 2nd half. Otherwise really enjoying this game. We'll see if the US can be as successful keeping the Dutch from their late goals as the Dutch were keeping the US from an early strike.
posted by the primroses were over at 9:00 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


Holland has done a great job fending off the US attacks, so far.

VAR has been suspiciously quiet.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:02 AM on July 7


O'Hara out, which seems like a good precaution.
posted by TwoStride at 9:04 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


O’Hara, who had the collision, has been taken off, Ali Krieger on instead. Which is the right thing to do, and I wish that it wouldn’t merit praise, but it does.
posted by Kattullus at 9:04 AM on July 7 [4 favorites]


I was hard on Dunn during the France game but she is one of the best on this team at winning balls back.
posted by TwoStride at 9:08 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


I also kind of wonder if Press should come on for Rapinoe. After all, that worked out well last match!
posted by TwoStride at 9:11 AM on July 7 [3 favorites]


Stop with the head injuries!!!
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:14 AM on July 7 [4 favorites]


There’s been no rhythm to the play of either team in the second half, lots of poor passing and misreading of runs. I wonder if nerves are starting to be felt.
posted by Kattullus at 9:16 AM on July 7


Yeah if you're bleeding badly from the forehead your day should be done.
posted by TwoStride at 9:17 AM on July 7 [3 favorites]


How is that not a penalty? Okay, VAR review.
posted by Kattullus at 9:17 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Ref not buying anything Alex Morgan is selling.
posted by fleacircus at 9:18 AM on July 7


VAR coming in for that cleat to Morgan's shoulder.
posted by TwoStride at 9:18 AM on July 7


VAR opens its terrible eye.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:18 AM on July 7 [7 favorites]


Morgan gets a lot of stick for being dramatic, but people seem to really like knocking her down.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:20 AM on July 7 [10 favorites]


Yay Rapinoe!
posted by Kattullus at 9:20 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Rapinoe! Sorry I wanted you taken off!
posted by TwoStride at 9:20 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


Rapinoe scores and does her Bloodborne pose.
posted by fleacircus at 9:21 AM on July 7 [5 favorites]


Oh, I know he’s probably not watching, but I had a momentary image of Trump crushing a soda can in his hand watching Rapinoe score while in a lazyboy, and that made me happy.
posted by Kattullus at 9:21 AM on July 7 [9 favorites]


Oh, Van Veenendaal....
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:21 AM on July 7


That was a costly rockette kick for the Netherlands.

Does Rapinoe even have nerves? She's so nonchalant about knocking in those penalties.
posted by the primroses were over at 9:22 AM on July 7 [6 favorites]


Meanwhile the Guardian MBM having a meltdown over the penalty call.
posted by TwoStride at 9:24 AM on July 7 [3 favorites]


Next World Cup, all VAR calls should be made with a vuvuzela.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 9:24 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


What a beautiful pass up field by a Dutch defender. I hope they step up now.
posted by Kattullus at 9:24 AM on July 7


I thought offside was only called if the player is part of the play... If a ball is rolling out of bounds and no one can get it, it doesn't matter if the offside player is jogging toward it.
posted by fleacircus at 9:25 AM on July 7


Netherlands have definitely stepped it up but I'm glad to see the US still pressing rather than timewasting. If they try to run the clock like they did against England my nerves won't be able to take it.
posted by TwoStride at 9:27 AM on July 7 [3 favorites]


Dear Dutch band: learn more than the chorus to "Go West"
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 9:27 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


I don't really know these teams but Van de Donk seems like the kind of not (relatively) great, but crafty player I like in other sports.
posted by fleacircus at 9:28 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Rose Lavelle!! That was beautiful!
posted by TwoStride at 9:28 AM on July 7 [7 favorites]


LAVELLE WOW WOW WHAT AN INDIVIDUAL GOAL
posted by Kattullus at 9:28 AM on July 7 [12 favorites]


Nice strike by Lavelle!
posted by the primroses were over at 9:28 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


Lavelle looked so bad against France but she's been great in the last two games and that was some star play right there.
posted by fleacircus at 9:29 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


So glad to see Lavelle get one!
posted by cmfletcher at 9:30 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


What a run!
posted by Rock Steady at 9:30 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


Tobin Heath should have had that to put it away.
posted by TwoStride at 9:30 AM on July 7


it's happening too fast soccer is supposed to be a slow game
posted by fleacircus at 9:30 AM on July 7 [5 favorites]


Oh man!!!
posted by rather be jorting at 9:30 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


That was wonderful!
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:30 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


it looked like Heath's foot slipped
posted by fleacircus at 9:31 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


If Heath hadn’t tried to nudge the ball to Rapinoe there, Rapinoe would’ve been able to run past the Dutch goalkeeper and defenders and had an open goal to aim at.
posted by Kattullus at 9:31 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Don’t trample Van Veenendaal!
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:32 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Nice work by Dunn.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:35 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


I am glad that we are unlikely to be treated to the “Morgan screws around in a corner for the last 20 minutes” tactic.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:37 AM on July 7 [3 favorites]


That looked like craftiness.
posted by fleacircus at 9:38 AM on July 7


Standing ovation for Rapinoe as she exits the field, as there should be.

Everywhere, really, even if she’s just leaving a Trader Joe’s.
posted by Kattullus at 9:38 AM on July 7 [24 favorites]


I would definitely clap for her if I ever saw Rapinoe leaving a Trader Joe's
posted by rather be jorting at 9:40 AM on July 7 [10 favorites]


First I'd probably be a gibbering fangirl but then I'd applaud.
posted by TwoStride at 9:41 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


Heath again too fancy.
posted by TwoStride at 9:42 AM on July 7


Some nice passes to Van Veenendaal.
posted by fleacircus at 9:42 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


I wonder if Carli Lloyd will come in for Heath in these last minutes? Would be nice for Lloyd.
posted by TwoStride at 9:43 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


No one has ever wanted a goal more than Tobin Heath wants a goal right now.
posted by Bunny Boneyology at 9:45 AM on July 7 [3 favorites]


I called it!
posted by TwoStride at 9:45 AM on July 7 [4 favorites]


If she wanted a goal she shoulda shot the ball one of those times.
posted by fleacircus at 9:46 AM on July 7 [7 favorites]


I want Press to score, but if she has to be stopped, that was a hell of a last ditch tackle by the Dutch defender.
posted by Kattullus at 9:49 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


That was a terrible corner by the US but also a terrible throw in by the Netherlands.
posted by TwoStride at 9:50 AM on July 7


The US fans are really murdering their attempt at synchronized clapping. It’s not that hard, honestly.
posted by Kattullus at 9:50 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


Oh goody, the US playing around in the corner for five minutes.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 9:51 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


look it’s really hard to get the whole country together for practice
posted by Huffy Puffy at 9:52 AM on July 7 [6 favorites]


Lavelle lost her pink headband but I'm glad to see that it wasn't the source of her power and she's still pretty sharp on the ball.
posted by TwoStride at 9:52 AM on July 7 [8 favorites]


Everyone’s walking now. Playing seven games in four weeks, usually in more than 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit), has taken a toll. Mind you, the US players are about to get an almighty adrenaline boost.
posted by Kattullus at 9:53 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


patchy internet access here but I just want to say I love my tiny vice president ROSE LAVELLE very much
posted by karayel at 9:54 AM on July 7 [8 favorites]


PEEP PEEP PEEEEEEEEP

And it's over! They're not going to the fuckin White House!
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 9:55 AM on July 7 [16 favorites]


Happy Lavelle scored that brilliant goal, so it wasn't just a VAR penalty.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 9:55 AM on July 7 [9 favorites]


Two thoughts:

1. Fox, stop cutting away from the action.

2. US Soccer, will you pay the women now?
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:56 AM on July 7 [10 favorites]


The running hug Lavelle just did, aw.
posted by rather be jorting at 9:56 AM on July 7 [4 favorites]


The US players almost look too exhausted to be happy.

But I’m not too exhausted.

YAY YAY HURRAY
posted by Kattullus at 9:57 AM on July 7 [4 favorites]


CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

great game!
posted by alchemist at 9:57 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


I give this performance 4 stars.
posted by cmfletcher at 9:57 AM on July 7 [5 favorites]


LOL at Sauerbrunn getting her bandage, tangled in her braid, cut out by a trainer.
posted by TwoStride at 9:57 AM on July 7 [7 favorites]


And I'm happy to see US fans waving Pride flags in the stands.
posted by TwoStride at 9:58 AM on July 7 [13 favorites]


Oh, 3. Thumb in the eye for Trump!
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:00 AM on July 7 [3 favorites]


What a tournament!
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:01 AM on July 7 [4 favorites]


I'm so happy for the team...we've got a month of coverage blasting them for being arrogant. I never once thought that it was anything other than confidence, but I admit that I would've played it a lot quieter in their shoes. I'm so glad they didn't.

And now, truly the most American way to celebrate: advancing the lawsuit!!
posted by grandiloquiet at 10:03 AM on July 7 [8 favorites]


Oh and from @MoiraDonegan: CONGRATULATIONS TO TITLE IX ON ITS FOURTH WORLD CUP

She's not wrong!
posted by grandiloquiet at 10:07 AM on July 7 [19 favorites]


Megan Rapinoe wished her brother Brian a happy birthday during the interview. If you haven’t read the story about her brother, it’s worth the read.
posted by Kattullus at 10:08 AM on July 7 [8 favorites]


That's not "U-S-A" the crowd is chanting, it's "EQUAL PAY".
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 10:08 AM on July 7 [10 favorites]


Who's the guy just before Christine Lilley that the players are excited to hug?
posted by TwoStride at 10:11 AM on July 7


yup in case anyone hasn't linked Moira Donegan's terrific piece on Title IX's role in giving us the USWNT (and so much more), here it is . These numbers blew my mind:

" In 1972, when title IX was passed, there were only 700 girls playing soccer at the high-school level in the whole United States. By 1991, the year of the first Women’s World Cup, there were 121,722 high school girl players – a 17,000% increase. That number has more than doubled since: in 2018, there were 390,482 high school girl soccer players."
posted by karayel at 10:13 AM on July 7 [12 favorites]


Macron really likes talking to Rapinoe!
posted by TwoStride at 10:18 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Can you blame him?
posted by schadenfrau at 10:32 AM on July 7 [5 favorites]


Two minor points from the post-match ceremony.

1) Rapinoe and LAVELLE getting the golden and bronze ball awards after scoring one each in the final is a bit too on the nose, Reality.

2) Christen Press did a dance step that in just one second made up for all the horrible dancing we’ve witnessed by celebrating teams this tournament.
posted by Kattullus at 10:34 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


*ahem*

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
posted by kyrademon at 10:35 AM on July 7 [3 favorites]


As a Dutchman I'm sad we lost, but we gave it all. Congrats to the US team!

And fuck Trump, I hope this gives him an aneurysm.
posted by Pendragon at 10:39 AM on July 7 [12 favorites]


Oh dang I missed Press dancing. But I do love watching players make confetti angels on the pitch.
posted by TwoStride at 10:49 AM on July 7 [3 favorites]




I'm glad van Veenendaal got the golden glove, she deserved that.
posted by Pendragon at 11:04 AM on July 7 [16 favorites]


It seemed like Netherlands never got the passing game going against the US that I saw against Sweden. I don't know if the defense was too close or they just weren't trying for it or what.
posted by fleacircus at 12:05 PM on July 7 [2 favorites]




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