Just Women’s Sports is here with your daily World Cup Digest, breaking down all of the biggest storylines from each day of action in Australia and New Zealand.
Rose Lavelle is cleared to start for the U.S. women’s national team against the Netherlands, USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski said Wednesday. The 28-year-old midfielder is recovering from a knee injury, and she played her first minutes since April in the World Cup opener against Vietnam.
“Rose is fine, and I’m happy she’s available for selection,” Andonovski said.
Whether Lavelle will get the starting nod remains to be seen, but she said Wednesday morning that she feels “pretty good” and “ready for the second match.” She played just 27 minutes against Vietnam, but she generated 0.24 expected assists, the fourth-highest of any USWNT player.
“Every time we play them, it’s a very physical and intense match,” she said of the Netherlands. “They have a lot of different threats, they’re technical, good on set pieces, so I think it’s going to be a tough game, but we’re really excited for it.”
Lavelle brings a history of success against the Netherlands, having scored in the 2019 World Cup final. But she warned Wednesday that this matchup will look “completely different.”
“Both teams are completely different — new players, new coaches — so I think that it’s a fun memory, but we have a new mindset going into this game,” she said. “We know every time we play the Netherlands, it’s going to be a great game. They have a lot of experience on the field.
“I think it’s going to be fun.”
Ireland’s Katie McCabe scored her team’s first-ever World Cup goal in thrilling fashion, putting an Olimpico into the net in the fourth minute.
OH MY GOODNESS, OH MY OLIMPICO 🇮🇪KATIE MCCABE WHAT A WAY TO SCORE YOUR FIRST GOAL IN A FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP! pic.twitter.com/OFWwbMGd8W— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 26, 2023
OH MY GOODNESS, OH MY OLIMPICO 🇮🇪KATIE MCCABE WHAT A WAY TO SCORE YOUR FIRST GOAL IN A FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP! pic.twitter.com/OFWwbMGd8W
Yet after the rare goal conceded by goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan, Canada pushed back to take a key 2-1 victory in Group B.
Canada’s first goal came late in the first half, when Julia Grosso – through wet and rainy conditions – put a shot on net that resulted in an own goal from Ireland. Adriana Leon added another goal in the 53rd minute that proved to be the game-winner.
#CAN are level right before the break 🇨🇦Julia Grosso's ball in isn't dealt with and creeps into the bottom corner...#FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/fgiVYEd1lh— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 26, 2023
#CAN are level right before the break 🇨🇦Julia Grosso's ball in isn't dealt with and creeps into the bottom corner...#FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/fgiVYEd1lh
After scoring two goals in Spain’s 5-0 win over Zambia, Alba Redondo paused to soak in the moment with her family. It’s giving us all the feels.
Alba Redondo shares a moment with her family after scoring 2 goals in Spain's win vs Zambia 🤗🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/9y0pErCkK0— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 26, 2023
Alba Redondo shares a moment with her family after scoring 2 goals in Spain's win vs Zambia 🤗🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/9y0pErCkK0