Carli Lloyd, US Clinch Knockout Appearance

Carli Lloyd, Julie Ertz and the US defeat Chile
Julie Ertz celebrates a somewhat fortunate goal as the US earns a knockout-clinching victory over Chile. Credit: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

“I believe that we will win!” Believe it: behind two more Carli Lloyd goals, the US defeated Chile 3-0 Sunday afternoon to clinch an appearance in the 16 team knockout playoffs. Goalie Christiane Endler beautifully defended the Chilean goal in the second half while shutting out the Americans, even forcing Lloyd to miss a penalty kick somehow. But the US thoroughly dominated time of possession, giving the South Americans no scoring chances. Although not the most satisfying win, there’s little reason to doubt the US’s favorite status.

Carli Lloyd Delivers Twice

Lloyd began the seemingly inevitable win with a wicked shot in the 11th minute.

Fourteen minutes later, fortune favored the US.  The ball passed over the penalty box line before Julie Ertz headed it into the net.

Earlier, Chile was not as fortunate as a tying goal was disallowed for offsides (although the call was correct). Carli Lloyd concluded the scoring in the 35th minute with a header.

Final Preparation for Lloyd, US

The US’s last group stage game is Thursday at 3 ET against Sweden. Revenge will certainly be on American women’s minds. After losing to the Swedes in a quarterfinal Olympic stunner in 2016, the US has more motivation than usual. A tie or win clinches the group to give the US a favorable first-round match. Also, it makes possible an appetizing quarterfinal showdown against France. And with a beyond-capacity crowd of 45,594 cheering almost entirely for the North Americans Sunday, optimism is reasonably warranted for Thursday’s knockout dress rehearsal.

Jeffrey Newholm
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Hey there! I’m Jeff Newholm and depending on your point of view I’m blessed or cursed that my two favorite sports are outside the limelight. Being a UW-Whitewater grad (winter 2013) my first love was d3 college football, but over the last few years I have picked up a huge interest in woman’s basketball (Uconn being my favorite team as their 90 game winning streak helped show me how good a team can get in the woman’s game). I like all the sports everyone else likes (NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA basketball and football) but those two sports are where I really have a passion.
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