Team USA Opens Women’s World Cup
The United States will begin its quest for another Women’s World Cup title on Tuesday. The USWNT will play Thailand at 3 p.m. ET, eager to defend its 2015 title. The U.S. has won three of the eight World Cup tournaments and enters this year’s ranked first, while Thailand is ranked 34th. With a wide array of talent, the U.S. is expected to win the match, though the two teams haven’t played each other since 2016. In that friendlies matchup, the U.S. coasted to a 9-0 victory. The U.S. will look to lean on the experience of star playerssuch as Julie Ertz, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd to build momentum for what it hopes will be another championship run.
New Zealand 0-1 Netherlands
New Zealand vs. Netherlands started the action Tuesday, culminating the first matches for Group E. Expectations were high for the Dutch in only their second World Cup appearance. Both countries had previously faced each other in the group stage of the 2015 Women's World Cup, resulting in a 1-0 win to the Netherlands.
History repeated itself in a hard-fought, back-and-forth battle on both sides of the ball. Plenty of chances were had, but no goals through 90 minutes of play.
Patience paid off for Netherlands, however. In the second minute of stoppage time, the scoreless tie was finally broken. With tired legs, Netherland lobbed a ball into the box, two headers later, Jill Roord scored her 4th International goal for Netherlands.
Literally minutes from a draw and a much-needed point in the Group E standings, New Zealand has their tenth loss in World Cup play. Their all-time record in the Women's World Cup is 0-3-10. The Kiwis go on to play Cameroon, who lost to Canada yesterday, while New Zealand faces Canada in a battle for the top of Group E.
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The Netherlands advanced to the knockout stage last World Cup, but were knocked out immediately in the round of 16. New Zealand, however, has never advanced beyond the group stage in their prior four tournaments. This opening loss does not bode well with both Canada and Netherlands now 3 points ahead of them.
Chile 0 – 0 Sweden (half time)
Chile made their first appearance in the Women's World Cup Tuesday. The 39th ranked La Roja Femenina drew ninth-ranked Sweden, who have played in every FIFA Women's World Cup since it began in 1991. It is the first time these two sides had met.
Through the first 45 minutes, Chile has so far staved off Sweden's attack. The Swedish women held 70 percent of the possession, and outshot La Roja 8-2. But the score remained tied nil-nil as the whistle blew to end the half.
Sweden's best chance came off their third corner kick in the 23rd minute. A well-placed header to the bottom corner of the net looked certain to go in. But a fingertip save by a diving Goalkeeper Christiane Endler knocked the ball clear as it teetered on the goal line, keeping Sweden off the score sheet. The Chilean keeper made two more big saves in the first half, blanking the Swedish attack.
Ninth-ranked Sweden has never won the tournament, but they have finished third in two tournaments and were runners-up to the U.S. in 2003. Sweden has improved over recent years and knocked the U.S. out of the 2016 Olympics in the quarterfinal round on penalty kicks. They will certainly need to finish their chances to stake a claim at the top of this year's World Cup.
Get your gaming geek on: It's E3 2019
Hardware manufacturers, software developers and gaming fans galore will be on hand Tuesday as the 25th Electronic Entertainment Expo 2019 (E3 2019) opens in Los Angeles. E3 is the largest video game showcase in the U.S. and is globally influential in forecasting what's to come in the industry. Even before the official start of E3, tech giants have made major news: Microsoft said it will bring a new video game console, currently codenamed "Project Scarlett," to market in 2020, and there's been buzz about Google's Stadia cloud gaming service and new "Star Wars" and "Doom" games.
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In other news:
nvestigation resumes after deadly helicopter crash in NYC
Federal investigators are searching for clues Tuesday as to why a helicopter pilot flew over restricted New York City airspace. The helicopter collided into a building on 7th Avenue resulting in a fire in the heart of midtown Manhattan, according to officials.The crash onto the roof of the AXA Equitable building occurred on a gray, rainy day close to both Rockefeller Center and Times Square, immediately evoking memories of the Sept. 11 attacks. A flight restriction in effect since President Donald Trump took office bans aircraft from the area — aircraft are not allowed to fly below 3,000 feet and within a 1-mile radius of Trump Tower, which is just a few blocks from the crash site.