Julie Foudy Contributor, espnW.com 

This is the best I've seen Rose Lavelle play. And entire MF for US looking excellent. Two biggest issues for US are finishing decisions and getting caught narrow defensively on Dunn's side. #USASWE

Julie Foudy Contributor, espnW.com 

Thoughts on 1st half: US looks sharp. Midfield even sharper. Rose Lavelle the sharpest. Sweden must be thrilled only 1-0. Now US needs to be smart. Manage game. Keep ball. Save legs. Long slog ahead. #USASWE #FIFAWWC

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

The U.S. women are closing in on a perfect 3-0 sweep in the group stage of this year's Women's World Cup. At the half, they lead Sweden by 1-0, a much closer score than the stats suggest. The U.S. controlled the ball for 62 percent of the half and outshot Sweden 13-4.

Julien Laurens France writer 

Jordyn Huitema on who she would want to face in the last 16, the US or Sweden: "I would love to face the US, just that little rivalry. Take them down in sweet 16. Personally, I don't mind. They are both amazing teams but we know we are better. If we come out and perform the way we know we can, we will get through."

Graham Hays espnW.com 

Unlike Olympics, USWNT gets on the board early against Sweden. Lindsey Horan scores on corner kick. Yesterday the Swedish coach said US had to have biggest binder of set plays in the world. Paid off for a 1-0 lead.

Julien Laurens France writer 

The Netherlands have topped Group E by beating Canada 2-1. They will play Japan in the last 16 on June 25 in Rennes. Canada will play either the US or Sweden in their last 16, on June 24 in Paris.

Graham Hays espnW.com 

Julie Ertz out of the USWNT lineup tonight with what a team spokesperson described as a hip contusion. The move said to be precautionary to make sure she is ready for the knockout round. That means the young trio of Lindsey Horan, Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle will start together in the midfield for the second time in group play (also against Thailand). Team didn't specify when Ertz hurt the hip.

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Le Havre is a little more isolated, but still plenty of Americans have made the trip

Julie Foudy Contributor, espnW.com 

Here in Le Havre hanging w the awesome American Outlaws for some pregame hits. Love me some American Outlaws. They bring such great energy and community to our beautiful game. 🙏👏🏼👏🏼#USAvSWE

Julien Laurens France writer 

Top spot in group E is up for grabs between Canada and the Netherlands today. So Sarina Wiegman and Kenneth Heiner-Moller play two strong teams. One change only for the Dutch (Van Dongen in for Van Es), two for the Canadians (Chapman and Huitema in for Rivière and Prince).

Julien Laurens France writer 

Jordyn Huitema starts for Canada today against the Netherlands in Reims. It's the 18 year old prodigy's World Cup debut. Such a fantastic talent. She will partner Canada legend Christine Sinclair up front. Sinclair plays in her 5th and last WC and is 36!

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White scores brace as England top Group D

England maintained their perfect Women's World Cup Group D record when Ellen White's double gave them a 2-0 win over Japan on Wednesday.

Tom Hamilton Senior Writer 

England through as winners of Group D in the Women's World Cup thanks to a 2-0 victory over Japan with Ellen White grabbing both. Far from convincing from England but job done.

Tom Hamilton Senior Writer 

All very comfortable for England so far. They lead Japan 1-0 at the break thanks to Ellen White's strike. Karen Bardsley, Engalnd's goalkeeper, had to pull off a remarkable save to keep Yokoyama's freekick out but that's been about it. England's best other chances came from Stanway and Daly and on both occasions Yamashita kept them out.

Tom Hamilton Senior Writer 

Phil Neville keeping everyone on their toes. England go for a 4-2-3-1 tonight against Japan here in Nice but Parris, Kirby, Greenwood and Mead are all on the bench.

Press: USWNT must always be 'super present' (1:51)

Graham Hays espnW.com 

Asked today about her penalty miss that ended the shootout against Sweden in a 2016 Olympic quarterfinal, Christen Press said "All the moments that I'm most proud of have come after failure, and I think that's the easiest one to point at and look at, and look at that clear failure and evaluate how I did responding to it." Among the more contemplative elite athletes you're likely to find, she added last year: "There's going to be a ton more failures in my future, but that doesn't mean that my goals aren't achievable. That's what it sometimes feels like, it feels like if you miss this penalty, you'll never be who you wanted to be. Or that history is set in stone and once you've lost or failed, that defines you. If I'm in a big moment and this horrible thing that seems all defining is ahead of me again, it's really not all defining. It really is just that moment."