"I hope it's huge and insane". The team's best finish at the tournament was fourth in 2011 after losing 2-1 in the third-place match to Sweden.
Ellis praised the hosts, saying: "That's a fantastic team we played tonight, and that is the most intense match I have ever been a part of".
The French pushed for an equalizer but the USA defense held strong. It's going to be totally awesome. "They outplayed us for sure with the ball today", said Rapinoe.
The USWNT has played their hands well thus far in the competition, albeit a somewhat uncomfortable 2-1 win against round-of-16 opponent Spain.
Megan Rapinoe (R) of the United States of America celebrates with her teammates after scoring a goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinal match against France on Friday in Paris, France.
The atmosphere at the Parc des Princes is expected to be highly charged, not just because of the quality of the teams but the groundswell of support from French World Cup fans and the soaring temperatures amid a heatwave.
The remainder of the lineup also remains unchanged from Monday's win against Spain, except that Alex Morgan will wear the captain's armband instead of Megan Rapinoe.
US had not lost a game in which Rapinoe had scored since a 3-2 defeat by Brazil in 2014 and the veteran was determined to maintain that record as she scored her side's second goal with 25 minutes to play. The foul was confirmed after video review. This roster features 11 first-time players and 12 who were on the winning team from 2015.
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Next up for the holders are England on Tuesday in Lyon and that should prove an equally tough test. But the three matches prior to Friday's quarterfinal had tilted toward France, with two wins and a draw. She did it again in the 65th minute after blasting a cross from Tobin Heath that Bouhaddi dove for but couldn't stop. She even suggested the uproar might help her team.
"It did live up to expectations". "Will this happen? I don't know". In a colossal contest on a balmy summer night in Paris, the U.S. prevailed over host France to move a step closer to successfully defending its title.
Team USA players celebrate after a goal by Megan Rapinoe during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinal match against France on Friday at the Parc des Princes near Paris. US players were asked it if would be a distraction heading into the biggest game of the World Cup, but clearly it wasn't.
France held the possession advantage at 61 percent in the match.
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France has never beaten the United States twice in succession, but a quarterfinal victory over the favorites on Friday would mean so much more.
"I truly believe this is the world game for women, and so what a showcase piece".