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Women's World Cup: U.S. Is 'Ready, Excited, Hungry' As It Takes On Thailand


Added 06-11-19 10:07:01am EST - “The U.S. enters its first game armed with enormous talent, deep experience ?" and high expectations. The team is prepared for a long tournament run but staying focused on the opponent in front of them.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Women's World Cup: U.S. Is 'Ready, Excited, Hungry' As It Takes On Thailand”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The U.S. plays its first match of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on Tuesday against Thailand in Reims, France. U.S. forward Carli Lloyd is seen here celebrating after scoring a goal against Mexico last month in Harrison, N.J. Steve Luciano/AP hide caption

The U.S. plays its first match of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on Tuesday against Thailand in Reims, France. U.S. forward Carli Lloyd is seen here celebrating after scoring a goal against Mexico last month in Harrison, N.J.

One game at a time. That's the mantra of the U.S. women's soccer team today, as they play Thailand in their first match of the Women's World Cup in France — after watching every other team play first.

U.S. coach Jill Ellis said the anticipation to get on the field has only grown as players watched the other teams face off. "I think the players are ready, excited, hungry," she said in a news conference Monday evening. "I think we feel prepared. The process ... has been has been a long one. But I think the players that we've selected and the preparation has been excellent."

Thailand made its World Cup debut in 2015, and is one of five teams to qualify from Asia, a region that has not fared well in the tournament so far. The U.S. and Thailand have played just once before, in 2016, when the U.S. won 9-0. That game was notable for other reasons: It was veteran forward Heather O'Reilly's farewell match, Megan Rapinoe took a knee during the U.S. national anthem, and Carli Lloyd scored a hat trick.

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