Morgan puts body on the line in pursuit of World Cup glory

Morgan puts body on the line in pursuit of World Cup glory

Naeher denied the ensuing spot kick by lunging to her right and trapping the ball.

Morgan celebrated her 30th birthday on Tuesday and there was no better way to do so than with her 107th worldwide goal.

Shortly thereafter, Beth Mead served the ball to White, who got between the US centre backs for the finish to pull England even.

Alex Morgan sipped some imaginary tea after scoring the USWNT's second goal against England.

With England trailing for the first time in the World Cup, White tied it in the 19th minute with her sixth goal to temporarily take the World Cup lead.

Media reports after the game says she injured a hamstring.

The goalie for the USA women's team leapt to her left to stop Stephanie Houghton from scoring off the yellow card called on Becky Sauerbrunn.

Though they weren't without their opportunities, the short-sided England were unable to put the ball into the back of the net.

England would never seriously threaten again through the game's final six minutes plus seven minutes of stoppage time.

The U.S. will play the victor of the other semifinal match between Sweden and the Netherlands.

Midfielder Rose Lavelle was outstanding for the United States and created the first good chance by putting the ball through the legs of England defender Millie Bright on the end line, waltzing around her and firing a shot, forcing an excellent save out of goalkeeper Carly Telford. With Christen Press filling in, the U.S.W.N.T. didn't miss a step.

Rapinoe's omission came as a surprise and when she did not partake in the pre-game warm-up it was assumed she was out with an injury.

However, since that opening Group F match, the goals have dried up for her.

She became the first player in World Cup history to score a goal on her birthday as she found the back of the net off a header from Lindsey Horan's cross in open play to put US back into the lead and make the score 2-1. Mewis has been spectacular throughout the tournament, but you could make the case that Horan is one of the top three or four players on the roster. The U.S. were evidently the better side throughout most of the match, but a few times England were able to exploit the U.S.'s back third in the attack, either by stretching the backline and opening up space between centerbacks Abby Dahlkemper and Becky Sauerbrunn, or by gathering the ball on the wings with enough space to create a play. Bardsley had shutouts in both of the team's knockout round matches.

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