USWNT vs England during the She Believes Cup at The Toffee Club
Toffee Club marketing assistant, bartender and all around soccer star, Aimee Olivas, breaks down the upcoming crucial She Believes Cup match of USWNT vs England
We will show the match on our main pub screens tomorrow, Saturday 2nd March @ 1.30 PM. Come early to get your fave spot!
It was during last year’s She Believes Cup that Phil Neville made his debut as England’s Head Coach amid controversy regarding his qualifications for the job. In their first game under Neville, the Lionesses defeated France 4-1, tied their second game against Germany 2-2 and in a winner-takes-the-trophy match, fell to the USA 1-0, taking second place in the tournament. Surely England fancies a shot at revenge this year, with the opportunity to win the tournament for the first time. England is bringing a good mixture of experience and youth, and under Neville the Lionesses have proven themselves to be a squad who not only can win this tournament, but even have a chance of bringing home the World Cup this summer.
England opened up their She Believes Cup campaign this week earning three points with a win against Brazil 2-1 after overcoming a penalty kick in the 15th minute by Andressa. Ellen White went on to equalize in the 49th minute and Beth Mead scored the winning goal with a stunning rocket in the 75th minute. It’s fair to say that England is making good use of the chip on their shoulder and silencing all those who doubted them.
USA on the other hand, are the #1 ranked FIFA team and have been favorites to win the tournament for the third time. Their opening game against Japan, however, left much to be desired. The USA were strong in offense and created more chances in the game, but they missed the win with a 2-2 tie.
USA were playing without Lindsay Horan and trusted defender Becky Sauerbrunn, and it was evident that backline miscommunication led to Japan equalizing late in the game. That being said, Christen Press made an immediate impact in the game by assisting Alex Morgan just a minute after being subbed on, Kelley O’Hara seemed to be in good form coming back from ankle injury, and best of all Becky Sauerbrunn’s injury is minor and she should be back commanding the back line in no time.
The USA won the inaugural tournament, placed last in 2017, and they won once again in 2018. The USA must win against England tomorrow to maintain their chance of winning the tournament!
This Saturday, March 2nd at 1:30 PM will see fans from both teams at The Toffee Club, with an amazing atmosphere for both our American pals and our English mates. Which team will you be cheering for this weekend?