A crowd of 45,594 came out to support the teams. The U.S. felt comfortably at home away from home with the support in the Parc des Princes stadium, which normally houses Paris Saint-Germain.
The team is trying to win the competition for a record fourth time, looking forward to the July 7 final in Lyon if they can manage to stay on top. They have lost only one game since 2017 and are favored, yet anything can happen.
The game against Thailand last Tuesday was the biggest margin in any women’s World Cup game. U.S. Coach Jill Ellis decided to switch up the players for the match against Chile, which might have been disastrous for another team.
However, there are only 727 registered female soccer players in Chile, compared to 1.6 million in the U.S.
Carli Lloyd’s goal was a high point, as this is a record sixth consecutive Women’s World Cup game she’s scored in. Altogether, she scored nine goals in these matches.
Coach Ellis remarked on Lloyd’s performance: “The fact that she’s now scored three goals, I don’t think she could be in a better spot [to start]. I also know she’s ready to do whatever she needs to for the team.”
The true star of the show, however, was Chile’s phenomenal goalie, Christiane Endler. The Chilean was the first goal-keeper to make 10 saves in this year’s competition.
“Christiane Endler was fantastic, we were aware of her skill, she’s a world-class goalkeeper,” said Ellis. “I thought their spirit was magnificent, total credit to Chile. We knew Endler was always going to keep them in the mix.”
“I’m sad for the defeat, but happy for my performance,” Endler said.