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Alyssa Thompson recalls watching 2019 World Cup final as 14-year-old

Alyssa Thompson became the second-youngest player to appear for the USWNT at a World Cup in the squad's opening win against Vietnam. (Brad Smith/USSF/Getty Images)

Alyssa Thompson remembers exactly where she was when the U.S. women’s national team won the 2019 World Cup title over the Netherlands.

As she watched the victory as a 14-year-old, she never imagined she would play for the USWNT at the very next World Cup just four years later. But that is exactly where she finds herself now, preparing to face that same opponent in the group stage.

“I was at my aunt’s house and I was watching the game, because I don’t have a TV at my house,” Thompson said Monday, recalling the 2019 final. “So we would always go to my aunt’s or grandparents house to watch games.”

She was surrounded by her “whole family,” and she remembers the intensity of the match, “how back and forth it was.”

The USWNT beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the championship match thanks to second-half goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle. Those players are now Thompson’s teammates for her World Cup debut.

“It was a tough game,” Thompson said of the 2019 final. “And I was really nervous for the team. But we pulled through with the win. So I was super excited that we got to win another World Cup.”

And now the 18-year-old forward could be part of a third consecutive World Cup win for the USWNT. She became the second-youngest player to appear for the national team at a World Cup in the 3-0 opening win against Vietnam on July 22.

“In that moment, I wasn’t really thinking about, ‘Oh, the next one I’m going to be at,’ because I felt so young and it felt so far away,” she said. “But being here now is crazy to me because I didn’t think about it in the moment.”