Americans charge into World Cup finals with 2-1 victory over England

Posted at 3:54 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 16:54:22-04

The United States charged its way back into the World Cup women's soccer finals for the third straight time with a 2-1 triumph over England.

The victory boosts the Americans into Sunday's championship game. They will meet the winner of the Sweden-Switzerland game played on Wednesday.

The Americans wasted little time, jumping ahead in the 10th minute on a header by Christen Press. She was assisted by Kelley O'Hara.

Ellen White equaled the score in the 19th minute on a right-footed shot from the center of the box to the top right corner. Beth Mead had the assist.

Morgan's header from the center of the box to the bottom left corner gave the Americans the lead for good. She was assisted by Lindsey Horan with a through ball.

England appeared to tie the score in the 67th minute, but Ellen White's goal was nullified when she was revealed to be offsides on the play.

United States goaltender Alyssa Naeher did the rest, turning away England without a goal in the second half to salt away the victory.

The Americans played the game without top scorer Megan Rapinoe in the starting lineup.

Rapinoe, who has socred all four American goals in the knockout rounds of the tournament, was on the bench for the start of Tuesday's semifinals. Press started in her place. U.S. Soccer did not reveal a reason for the surprising personnel decision.