U.S. feels right at home in Paris after starting with two victories
PARIS — The game was in France. But the crowd? Well, it felt a lot like Kansas City.
Parc des Princes stadium, on the edge of Paris, was sold out Sunday for the second time in 10 days for the Women’s World Cup. The first time, the crowd came to see France in the opener. This time, it came to see the Americans.
With Sunday’s attendance announced at 45,594, the Americans drew about 330 more people than the host team did.
“It was amazing,” said captain Carli Lloyd, whose two goals lifted the U.S. to a 3-0 win over Chile. “For me, being part of four World Cups, just to see the growth, it’s unbelievable. We’re in France, and we feel like we had a home game.”
The U.S. had a near-sellout for its first game — a 13-0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday at tiny Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims. But Sunday’s crowd, in a larger stadium, was more than twice as big — and more than twice as loud.
“It’s so fun to be able to come to a different country and just see how broad our fan base is,” said defender Tierna Davidson, who assisted on two goals. “You go out there and you hear a couple of U.S. chants and you see all the flags waving around. And it does make you feel at home, which I think make us feel more comfortable.”
The trend is likely to continue. FIFA said earlier in the tournament that it had allocated the majority of tickets distributed — 460,748 — to French fans. After that, more tickets were allocated to Americans — 130,905 — than the rest of the world combined.
England ranked rank third with 29,307 tickets
Chilean goalie stars — It isn’t often a goalkeeper gives up three goals and is named the player of the match. But Chile’s Christiane Endler was a popular choice for the prize Sunday.
Endler, a Paris Saint-Germain keeper who was voted the best goalie in France last season, put on a remarkable performance in the second
half. She finished with six saves, most coming on spectacular plays.
“Endler was fantastic,” Ellis said. “She’s a world-class goalkeeper and one of the best shotblockers I’ve ever seen.”
U.S. midfielder Morgan Brian agreed, saying Endler “had a great game.”
Endler didn’t even think it was her best performance of the last week. In Chile’s opener Tuesday against Sweden, she kept the game scoreless until the 83rd minute in a 2-0 loss.
Coming of age — Lloyd’s two goals against Chile not only made her the first player to score in six consecutive World Cup games, breaking a record set in 2003, but it also made her, at 36 years and 11 months, the oldest player to have a multiplegoal game in a World Cup.
Brazil’s Cristiane (34 years, 25 days) set the previous record last week with a hat trick against Jamaica.
Lloyd has scored nine times in her last six World Cup games, which includes her hat trick in the first 16 minutes of the 2015 World Cup final, in which the U.S. beat Japan 5-2.
Chile defender Camila Saez (18) vies with United States midfielder Allie Long during Sunday's match between USA and Chile in Paris.