Julie Ertz' moves in Lyon
Julie Ertz is no newbie to the US Team, having played during the 2016 Olympics and the last World Cup. She remembered during the last Cup: “Going in, I was so naïve—everything was so new to me. I had no expectations.” This time, whatever expectations she had presumably have been more than met, as she and the team beat the Netherlands in Lyon 2-0 to clinch the Cup.
Team congrats in Reims
“Reims is probably the most America-friendly city in France,” remembered deputy mayor Stéphane Lang upon welcoming the US Women's team to the capital of Champagne.
“Reims was completely destroyed after the first World War, and the liberation of France was done by the Americans 100 years ago. One thing you might not know is that women’s football in France started in Reims, so we are fighting for you and your battle for salary equality."
The warm welcome blossomed into a triumphal experience for the American team, beating Spain 1-0 in Reims and continuing on to Paris.
Joy in Paris
In a game with significant symbolism for France.fr (held in France's capital city and against the French Women's team), the US team carried off victory in Paris' Parc des Princes in a 2-1 match. The Americans' joy at continuing on to the finals in Lyon is palpable in the image.
Megan Rapinoe's triumphal moment
One of the standout stars during this World Cup was Megan Rapinoe, responsible for five total goals during the competition as well as both goals in this match against the France team. Her reputation for confidence and tenacity have preceded her, and her Katniss-Everdeen like victory stance have become renowned worldwide.