U.S. Draws Sweden, Thailand and Chile at 2019 Women’s World Cup
PARIS — No subject what happened at the draw for the 2019 Women’s World Cup on Saturday evening, something used to be by no means going to modify: the United States ladies’s nationwide workforce could be extensively considered the favourite to win, with all of the hope and expectation and drive that incorporates that.
After all, the Americans are the protecting champions, having overwhelmed Japan to win the former version of the match in Canada and take house the trophy for the 3rd time.
But Jill Ellis, the top trainer of the United States, objected to that framing of her squad.
“For us, it’s not about defending a World Cup,” Ellis stated. “This is an absolutely other workforce, taking part in a unique taste, a unique device.
“It’s about attacking a World Cup.”
To that finish, Ellis used to be proud of the result of the draw, which positioned the United States in Group F with Sweden, Thailand and Chile.
Thailand and Chile, the Americans’ first two warring parties, are reasonably unaccomplished at the global level. And the Americans don’t play Sweden, with whom they’ve a historical past of difficult battles, till the 3rd recreation, during which level their development to the knockout level may just already be secured.
José Antonio Letelier, the top trainer of the Chilean nationwide workforce, stated it is usually a scramble for 2nd position within the workforce.
“It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, all of the groups would have been tough,” Letelier stated. “Of course, we got the toughest because we got the world champion.”
At a glitzy rite Saturday evening at La Seine Musicale, a acting arts venue within the western suburbs of Paris, the match’s 24 groups had been positioned into 4 pots in keeping with their international ratings and then drawn into one in all six teams. With the exception of Europe, which has probably the most groups within the box (9), nations from the similar confederation may just no longer be drawn into the similar workforce.
France, the host and some other one of the vital favorites to win the match, discovered it will play South Korea on June 7 in Paris to open the World Cup. Their different warring parties in Group A might be Norway and Nigeria.
Germany, some other favourite, will meet China, Spain and South Africa in Group B. England, headlining Group D, drew its neighbor, Scotland, in addition to Argentina and the 2011 champion, Japan. Australia and Brazil function in Group C, and Canada drew the European champion, the Netherlands, in Group E.
The United States will open the match in opposition to Thailand (the 29th-ranked workforce on the earth, in line with FIFA) in Reims on June 11 and then face the World Cup newbies Chile (No. 38) on June 16 in Paris. Their recreation in opposition to Sweden (No. nine) is on June 20 in Le Havre.
“I like having Sweden in the third game,” Ellis stated. “I think that allows us to settle into the tournament.”
That 3rd recreation might be a rematch of the groups’ assembly within the 2016 Olympic quarterfinals. The Swedes, then led by way of the previous United States trainer Pia Sundhage, received that day, a humbling defeat for the Americans and the primary time they’d did not medal within the World Cup or the Olympics.
The United States and Sweden have met 5 earlier instances in World Cup workforce levels (by no means in a knockout recreation), with the Americans retaining a Three-1-1 file in the ones contests.
Peter Gerhardsson, the top trainer of Sweden, attempted to place a private, certain spin on drawing the three-time international champions. For all of the historical past between the 2 groups, Gerhardsson, who took over for Sundhage in 2017, famous that he had no longer had the risk to train in opposition to the Americans.
“Going through my whole life as coach for Sweden and not meeting the U.S.A.?” Gerhardsson stated. “Now I meet them. That’s nice.”
The semifinals and ultimate, which can happen on July 7, might be performed in Lyon. And in conjunction with Paris and Reims and Le Havre, 5 different towns — Grenoble, Montpellier, Nice, Rennes and Valenciennes — can even lend a hand play host to the match’s 52 video games.
The 2019 champion will win $four million in prize cash, double the percentage from 2015. The prize cash for the 2018 males’s World Cup champion, France, used to be $38 million.
The Americans will get ready themselves to seek for that prize with a lately introduced time table of 10 video games in 10 towns heading into the match subsequent summer season.
“We’re going to get a lot of answers, a lot of vetting, and try a lot of different things,” Ellis stated. “So I feel like we’re going to be battle-tested going into this World Cup with the schedule we’ve planned.”