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Women's World Cup: the United States is "ready, excited, hungry", as Thailand does

Women's World Cup: the United States is "ready, excited, hungry", as Thailand does
One game at a time That's the mantra of the US women's soccer team. UU Today, as they play in Thailand in their first match of the Women's World Cup in France, after seeing all the other teams play for the first time.

The coach of the USA UU Jill Ellis said the anticipation of getting to the field has only grown as the players watched the other teams meet. "I think the players are ready, excited, hungry," he said at a press conference on Monday night. "I think we feel prepared, the process ... has been long." But I think the players we have selected and the preparation have been excellent. "

Thailand made its debut in the World Cup in 2015 and is one of five teams that qualify in Asia, a region that so far has not fared well in the tournament. I know. UU And Thailand have played only once before, in 2016, when the USA. UU They won 9-0. That game was remarkable for other reasons: it was the farewell match of veteran forward Heather O'Reilly, Megan Rapinoe knelt during the US national anthem. UU And Carli Lloyd scored a hat trick.

Tuesday's game takes place in Reims, a city east of Paris that is known for its impressive cathedral and its champagne. In recent days, the city's downtown car-free plaza has been packed with fans in the United States, after France, the US fans. UU They bought the second largest number of tickets for the tournament.

The US team UU Brings a team full of talent and experience but also needs high expectations. The Yankees have won three previous World Cups, victories stamped on the three stars on the crest of their shirts.

With an average age of 29 years, the team of the United States is the oldest in the tournament. Even the newest members of the team, such as striker Mallory Pugh and midfielder Lindsey Horan, have been on the team for at least three years and have played in the last Olympics.

And the 2019 squad has many familiar players from the 2015 World Cup and before. Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O'Hara, Ali Krieger, and Alex Morgan are playing their third World Cup. Lloyd, who had a hat trick against Japan in 2015 final, will be suspended from the bench in difficult times while playing in his fourth World Cup.

Morgan says that kind of experience gives the team an advantage. "Many of these players who have had experience in the last World Cup or in the Olympic Games, we can see that, see both the successes and the defeats we have had, I think it is important to take advantage of both," he told reporters on Monday.

The United States is expected to win its group, which includes Sweden and Chile as well as Thailand. The hardest of those in Sweden, the country that eliminated the US in the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics. But the USA. UU They face Sweden for the last time in the group stage, which requires an Ellis strategy on who to play and for how long, especially if he wants his best players to have new legs in the knockout round.

The Thai squad has two members born in the United States who have played in American universities: the goalkeeper Tiffany Sornpao plays at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and forward Miranda Nild played at UC Berkeley, Morgan's alma mater.

Morgan said he had just seen Nild in the hall and introduced himself. "So it's already friendly fire," said the United States striker.

It remains to be seen how friendly that fire will be when the US team. UU Take the pitch on Tuesday, ready to show the world everything you can do.