The moment of truth has arrived. Team USA is just one game away from winning not just their fourth World Cup title, but back-to-back trophies for the first time in team history. Standing in their way in the finals of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup is a Netherlands team looking to pull off one of the biggest upsets in soccer history. This Dutch team has made tremendous progress in just their second-ever World Cup appearance. This is their first finals appearance and if they want to take home the trophy they'll have to find a way to defeat one of the best teams in history.
United States vs. Netherlands
When: Sunday, July 7 at 11 a.m. ET
Where: Stade de Lyon (Lyon, France)
TV: FOX and Telemundo
Three Things to Watch
1. Team USA looks to make history
A win for the United States Women's National Team (USWNT) would result in a fourth World Cup trophy, the most in the event's history. A victory also makes Team USA the first to win back-to-back World Cup titles. It will improve the Americans' World Cup record to an impressive 40-4-6. After steamrolling their way through group play, the Americans have played solid defense against Spain, France and most recently, England, to secure three straight 2-1 victories to put them one more win away from consecutive World Cup titles. While goals have been harder to come by in the knockout stage, this is still a potent offense, as Team USA has scored 24 goals in six matches.
2. The Dutch look to make history of their own
If the Netherlands wins it will the country's first Women's World Cup title, coming in just its second appearance. It will be the Dutch team's third international championship overall, along with winning last year's Algarve Cup and the Women's EURO Tournament in 2017. As was mentioned above, Team USA has only lost four World Cup matches in its history, but the Netherlands has already pulled off one upset, beating Sweden 1-0 (extra time) in the semifinals, so don't expect this team to be intimidated.
This will be just the ninth match between these two nations. The U.S. owns a 6-2-0 advantage, including a commanding 26-9 edge when it comes to scoring. This will be the first time these two have faced each other in the Women's World Cup. Team USA has won four in a row against European teams and enter this match with an overall record of 138-20-22 against the continent. The Netherlands has a 6-15-3 record against Concacaf members.
While this Netherlands team has plenty to be proud of and plenty to look forward to, the experience and talent of Team USA will be too much for them to overcome. The USWNT has been very dominant on both sides of the field and not many teams have been able to compete with them recently. The U.S. is bringing another World Cup trophy home.
Prediction: United States 3, Netherlands 1
— Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.