US Women’s National Team is on a rampant run this year with a staggering run of 16-0-2 by defeating England, Germany, Denmark, Brazil, and two times thumping of Chile. The two ties came against France and Australia, which means they are undefeated in the 2018 calendar year. Their last two matches left for this year will see them face Portugal in Lisbon and Scotland in Glasgow, which means their fear of dominating European teams in their home. They have had their issues with acclimatizing with European weather.
The World Cup is knocking on the door, and Abby Dahlkemper believes there is no better way to get prepared for adversaries in France. The three-time World Champions will look to defend their title and after such a great run it will be important for them to keep the momentum before the D-day arrives. Abby also believes the team is doing well because the number of International fixtures all around the year has helped them build a formidable core. Jill Ellis who will be heading the USWNT in France spoke about the upcoming fixture and their January camp where the players would get used to the different time zone and playing in hostile European away grounds.
Jill also mentioned about the importance of running logistics before the World Cup takes place and the amount of International travel would be beneficial in the understanding the habits of players. Jill mentioned their love to play in front of the home crowd, but she believes the USWNT is far superior than being a home-track bully. USWNT has won 3 out of 3 championships this year, which includes SheBelieves Cup, Tournament of Nation, and the Concacaf Women’s Championship. They also achieved the World Cup qualification with ease.
USWNT plays a ruthless brand of football and Jill spearheads with an efficient midfield system. They have scored 91 goals to 17 conceded in 26 games stretch since mid-2017 where they won 23 and drew 3. Their unbeaten run also shows their defensive compactness as they went up against the likes of Brazil and England with relative ease. Their next victory will seal the 500th win for them and that would be a laudable moment in the nation’s history. Ellis was extremely grateful to the coaching staff and medical team alongside their technical support for keeping the team in excellent form before the France 2019 World Cup games take off.