Rapinoe’s Brace Leads U.S. Past France In World Cup

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Megan Rapinoe scored twice for the United States in its win over France. Photo: U.S. Soccer

The United States is once again in familiar territory — a World Cup semi-final — following its 2-1 defeat of host nation France in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

Megan Rapinoe was at it again, shrugging off some self-created controversy and scoring twice for the second consecutive match to lead the U.S. past the French. The match was played at the famous Parc des Princes in Paris in front of 45,595. 

With the win, the defending World Cup champions will meet England on Tuesday at 3 p.m. EDT at Lyon Olympic Stadium.

Following her two-goal performance in the Round of 16 against Spain, Rapinoe got the U.S. on the board in the fifth minute. Her set piece kick from the left of the French goal found its way through a sea of legs and into the back of the net.

Clinging to a slim one-goal lead, Rapinoe would find the back of the net again in the 65th minute. Following a run by Tobin Heath, the U.S. forward’s back pass into the France penalty area found a streaking Rapinoe who beat keeper Sarah Bouhaddi. Rapinoe became the first American women to score four consecutive goals in World Cup play.

Wendie Renard would pull France within one as her header off a set-piece would beat U.S. keeper Alyssa Naeher.

Long Island native Crystal Dunn was once again in the U.S. starting lineup at left back for head coach Jill Ellis. While Dunn has been the target of some criticism for her play in previous matches, she turned in her best performance of the tournament. Several times throughout the match, she shut down France, which was focused on moving the ball offensively down Dunn’s side.

The semi-final match between the U.S. and England will have some local representation. Dunn of Rockville Centre and Allie Long of Northport will be in uniform again for the United States. England features Rachel Daly, who played her college ball at St. John’s University.