Megan Rapinoe is focus despite not featuring in USWNT's World Cup win

"We have put so much into this journey together and now we have one more game to close it out".

She was determined to give the credit to other members of her team, but Alex Morgan stepped up on the big occasion with the winning goal against England to take the United States through to the final of another women's World Cup on Tuesday.

Loud, proud and undeniably talented, the United States beat England without their best player as Megan Rapinoe sat out the game with a hamstring injury.

USA forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring her team's second goal during Friday's quarterfinal match against France.

The Lionesses reacted swiftly as they equalised with their first real attack in the 19th minute courtesy of Ellen White, with another headed goal after a brilliant cross by Beth Mead. She is co-leader in the tournament with five goals overall. Morgan celebrated by taking a sip of tea, paying homage to the Boston Tea Party of 1773.

Because now the USA must face England.

Goals from Christen Press and Alex Morgan were enough to seal a 2-1 win for US, despite England having a goal ruled out by VAR for offside, and Houghton missing a penalty.

Ellis also had a word for her goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, who has been criticized during this tournament for her role in the team's defensive lapses but played the starring role by saving a late Steph Houghton penalty and denying England the opportunity to draw level.

The Americans have won three World Cups since 1991, including the 2015 World Cup in Canada.

The USWNT will take on the victor of Netherlands and Sweden on Sunday at 7 A.M. Alaska Standard Time.

"I'll be ready", Rapinoe told Fox Sports after the Americans defeated England 2-1 to advance to the finals. Their players cut dejected figures on the pitch at full-time. I think they showed tonight that they know how to win games of football. "We should be proud", he said. "Our team will never be the same".

The announcement of the team hinted that this was going to be an exhilarating night. An incredibly emotional press conference played out after the game, with Mike Trout leading the way.

"I keep thinking to myself, "stop saying it", but we can't hide away from the fact something's happening", Neville said. "Lost a teammate, lost a friend, a brother". The reporter pointed to defender Ali Krieger's comment during the group stage that the US that has "the best team in the world - and the second-best team in the world". Standing in their way - a matchup with Sweden on Wednesday.

With Tuesday's victory, the US, who lifted trophy of the quadrennial event in 1991, 1999 and 2015, reached the final for the third consecutive World Cup and will have to wait until Wednesday to find out if they will be facing Netherlands or Sweden. She turned 30 years old Tuesday.

  • Salvatore Jensen