Lyon vs. Carolina Courage ⚽ Women’s Soccer

Lyon vs. Carolina Courage ⚽ Women’s Soccer
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♪♪>>>THIS IS CARY, NORTH CAROLINA. WE WELCOME YOU TO SAHLEN STADIUM WHICH TONIGHT STAGES THE WOMEN’S ICC FINAL. THE SECOND EVER EDITION. AND IT HAS A FAMILIAR LOOK ABOUT IT. LYON TAKING ON THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE. IT’S A REPEAT OF THE FIRST EVER ICC FINAL TWO MONTHS AGO IN MIAMI AT HARD ROCK STADIUM. AND IT WAS THE COURAGE WHO PREVAILED THANKS TO HEATHER O’REILLY’S TENTH MINUTE GOAL. THEY HAD TO BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHS AND WITHSTAND ON PRESSURE TO WIN THE SHIELD. THEY’RE LOOKING TO DO IT AGAIN TONIGHT. WE WELCOME YOU TO THE COMMENTARY BOOTH. ALONGSIDE LAURIE LINDSEY. I’M ADRIAN HEALY. WE’VE BEEN ACCUSTOMED TO SEEING THE NATIONAL TEAM FACE OFF. IT’S MUCH DIFFERENT A CLUB LEVEL TEAM. THAT’S WHAT THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE HAVE TONIGHT, THOUGH.>>THIS ISN’T JUST ANY OTHER OPPONENT. THIS IS ARGUABLY THE MOST DOMINANT EUROPEAN FAMILIAR TEAM EVER. ONLY TWO LOSSES IN THE LAST NINE SEASONS. YOU SAID IT. UNLESS YOU PLAY INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL, YOU RARELY OR EVER GET TO SHOWCASE YOUR TALENTS AGAINST AMERICAN OR EUROPEAN SIDE. THAT’S WHAT MAKES THIS TOURNAMENT SO SPECIAL.>>NORTH CAROLINA ON HOME SOIL TONIGHT LOOKING TO MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW. LYON, THOUGH, LICKING THEIR LIPS IN ANTICIPATION OF POSSIBLE REVENGE. SHOULD BE A GOOD ONE. WE’LL HAVE THE TEAM NEWS, NEXT.>>Adrian: WELCOME BACK, EVERYONE, TO THE WOMEN’S ICC FINAL IN 2019. LYON AND THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE. REMEMBER, THOUGH, THIS WAS A 14 TOURNAMENT. BOTH LYON AND NORTH CAROLINA. THEY BOTH GOT IN BY THE SKIN OF THEIR TEETH. LYON TAKING CARE OF ATLETICO MADRID.>>Lori: WE’VE SEEN HER DO THIS TIME AND TIME AGAIN. JUST WITH HER AERIAL PRESENCE, FINDING THE BACK OF THE NET.>>Adrian: AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT, NO CHANGES.>>Lori: THIS GAME IS GOING TO BE ALL ABOUT THE MIDFIELD BATTLE. KEEP YOUR EYE ON NUMBER 10 AND NUMBER 6. CAN THEY FORCE NORTH CAROLINA TO CHASE.>>Adrian: FOR NORTH CAROLINA, IT WENT EVEN MORE DOWN TO THE WIRE. THEY WERE TRAILING MANCHESTER CITY BY A GOAL TO NIL THROUGH THE WEATHER DELAY AND IT ALL CHANGED IN THE FINAL QUARTER OF AN HOUR.>>Lori: TYPICAL NORTH CAROLINA STYLE. COULDN’T FIND THE BACK OF THE NET EARLY ON. MIND THEMSELVES TRAILING BUT TWO QUICK GOALS IN THE LAST 15 MINUTES OF PLAY. PHENOMENAL ENDING BY McDONALD THERE.>>Adrian: McDONALD WAS THE HERO. THE WINNER OFF THE BENCH. THREE CHANGES FOR PAUL RILEY TONIGHT FOR THAT TEAM IN GOLD. STEPHANIE LABBE. FIRST APPEARANCE SINCE THE WORLD CUP.>>. >>Lori: KEEP AN EYE ON CRYSTAL DUNN. CAN THEY PULL HENRY OUT OF THAT. ALLOW FOR GAPS TO OPEN UP IN WILLIAMS AND HAMILTON.>>Adrian: A CLASH OF STYLES BETWEEN TWO POWERHOUSES ON THEIR RESPECTIVE CONTINENTS. NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE HAVE BECOME THE GOLD STANDARD OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS IN THE NWSL. GOLD STANDARD DOESN’T EVEN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE WHAT LYON ARE IN BOTH FRENCH AND EUROPEAN FOOTBALL. THE FRENCH SIDE ARE ON THE ATTACK RIGHT OUT OF THE BLOCKS. HEGERBERG WILL BE PARTNERING WITH — ENGLISH PLAYERS FROM THE WORLD CUP. NIKITA PARRIS FROM MANCHESTER CITY. CRYSTAL DUNN. GETTING HER FIRST TOUCH.>>Lori: I’M EXCITED ABOUT THE FIRST 15 MINUTES. TALKING TO PAUL RILEY THE OTHER DAY. HE SPOKE ABOUT HOW LAST YEAR LEADING UP TO THIS FINAL. HOW CAN WE STOP LYON? THIS YEAR, IT’S ABOUT HOW CAN WE BEAT THEM? THEY CAN PUSH THE PACE BEING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON AND IN PRESEASON.>>Adrian: YOU GET THE FEELING HE DIDN’T LIKE THE TALK ABOUT THE CLASH OF STYLES. THEY HAD TO HANG ON FOR DEAR LIFE A YEAR AGO. TURN ON THE STYLE. TURN ON THE PERFORMANCE TONIGHT, ESPECIALLY HERE IN FRONT OF THEIR HOME CROWD.>>Lori: REALLY THIS GAME LOOKS A LOT DIFFERENT THAN LAST YEAR. NORTH CAROLINA NOT HAVING A LOT OF THEIR INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS AVAILABLE FOR THE GAME. AGAIN, HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE AFTER HEATHER O’REILLY SCORED THAT EARLY GOAL. NOW GETTING ALL THEIR INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS BACK. GETTING INTO A GROOVE. FEELING CONFIDENT COMING INTO THIS FINAL.>>Adrian: THE BALL IN HEARDS HEGERBERG. AND PARRIS TRYING TO PICK UP THE PIECES. THE COURAGE ABLE TO CLEAR. AND ON THE MOVE IS DEBINHA. SHORT OF THE MARK. LOOKING FOR KRISTEN HAMILTON. LUCY BRONZE JUST OFF THE WORLD CUP AS WELL. OPENED UP HERE FOR LYON. ON THE FAR SIDE. AND BRONZE. TRYING TO PICK OUT THE SHOT. KEMPER WAS WELL PLACED. ALREADY SOME END TO END PLAY HERE. THE OFFSIDE FLAG. TRULY UNFOLDING. KRISTEN HAMILTON WAS JUST A STEP AHEAD.>>Lori: ALREADY THIS GAME HAS A LOT OF INTENSITY TO IT BACK AND FORTH. LINDSEY BRONZE MAKING A RUN. COOLER THAN IT WAS. BOTH OF THESE TEAMS WANTING TO GET AFTER IT. WANTING TO SHOW THEIR STYLE OF PLAY.>>Adrian: LYON UNCHANGED FROM THAT WIN OVER ATLETICO MADRID. YOU SAW THE ONE BIG CHANGE THEY’VE MADE. THE NEW COACH AT THE HELM. TOOK OVER FOR REYNOLD PEDROS. TRYING TO FIND HEGERBERG. DENIED THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HEGERBERG THIS SUMMER. LONG-RUNNING DISPUTE WITH HER NATIONAL FEDERATION RUMBLING ON. GOAL-SCORING RECORD ON THIS SORT OF STAGE IS ABSOLUTELY SECOND TO NONE. LYON, LET’S REMEMBER, COMING TO THE END OF THEIR PRESEASON LIKE ALL EUROPEAN TEAMS, WOMEN AND MEN. THEY PLAY WINTER SEASON, THEIR DOMESTIC CAMPAIGN. ACTUALLY KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND. THE FINAL PRESEASON WARM-UP FOR THE OPENING OF THEIR CAMPAIGN AGAINST MARSEILLE.>>Lori: WE’LL SEE HOW THAT AFFECTS THIS GAME TONIGHT IN TERMS OF THEM GETTING THEIR PLAYERS BACK. ONLY IN PRESEASON FOR THE LAST MONTH. A LITTLE BREAK AFTER THE WORLD CUP. AND NOT HAVING AS PLAYED IN LEGS AS THIS NORTH CAROLINA TEAM DOES.>>Adrian: YOU WONDER, HEATHER O’REILLY SAID YESTERDAY, IN THE MEDIA, WHETHER LYON — SHE SAID THEY’VE ALREADY BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT A LOT. THEY DON’T LOSE TOO MUCH. A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM FOR THEM A YEAR AGO IN MIAMI. AS YOU SAID, SAW THE GAME. ONLY LOST TWICE IN NINE SEASONS. NORTH CAROLINA AND KRISTEN HAMILTON TRY AND MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN. HAD TO DO A DOUBLE-TAKE WHEN I SAW THAT STAT. TWO DEFEATS IN NINE SEASONS.>>Lori: AND THAT PLAYS BACK INTO THE STORY LINE OF THIS GAME. KNOWN FOR THE COMPETITION. KNOWN FOR A RUN AND GUN STYLE, COMPETITIVE STYLE AND BEING TESTED EVERY WEEK, EVERY GAME NO MATTER WHO YOU’RE PLAYING. AND THEN LYON COMING IN HERE, ONLY TWO LOSSES IN THE LAST NINE SEASONS. THAT’S UNHEARD OF. PURE DOMINATION. SO, GOOD, THIS IS A FANTASTIC TEST FOR THEM. CAN THEY WITHSTAND THIS PRESSURE FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND BE ABLE TO STILL BE ABLE TO PLAY THEIR GAME AND LINK THROUGH THE MIDFIELD.>>Adrian: WATCHING THE TWO SEMIFINALS THE OTHER NIGHT. THE DIFFERENCE. THE TIME OF DAY MAY HAVE HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT, BUT THE EUROPEAN GAME SIMPLY SLOWER, MORE METHODICAL. AS YOU SEE IN THE NWCL, YOU NEVER HAVE ANY TIME. DISTRIBUTED POORLY THERE BY O’SULLIVAN. CRYSTAL DUNN FOR WILLIAMS. STILL MIGHT GET THERE. WILLIAMS BATTLING ON. EVENTUALLY BACK TO BOUHADDI WHO IS ABLE TO CLEAR.>>Lori: EXACTLY WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. THIS IS THE PRESSURE NORTH CAROLINA WANTS TO EMPLOY HERE. LOOK TO SEE IF THEY CAN STEP TO THE DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDERS. DOES A GOOD JOB PICKING OFF MAJRI.>>WILLIAMS AND HAMILTON COMBINATION THAT’S BEEN SO PRODUCTIVE FOR THEM UP FRONT. JESSICA McDONALD AS WELL TO COME OFF THE BENCH IN THE STRIKING DEPARTMENT. TO GREAT EFFECT IN THE SEMIFINAL ON THURSDAY. JUST A HOUSEKEEPING NOTE, THEY ISSUE ALLOWED TO MAKE SIX SUBSTITUTIONS IN THE ICC. WE WERE HERE EARLIER WATCHING THE THIRD PLACE GAME BETWEEN ATLETICO MADRID AND MANCHESTER CITY. REALLY ENTERTAINING STUFF. CONTINUED THE THEME OF THIS ICC WITH ANOTHER LATE WINNER IN THE 90th MINUTE. MANCHESTER CITY EDGING ATLETICO TO WIN THAT THIRD PLACE GAME.>>Lori: NOTHING SHORT OF DRAMATIC.>>Adrian: HAMILTON. FINDS WILLIAMS. YOU MENTIONED, LORI, THOSE TWO HAVE ACTUALLY SWITCHED SIDES TONIGHT. A PLAN THAT PAUL RILEY HAS FOR THE COURAGE.>>TYPICALLY WE SEE LYNN WILLIAMS ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE VERSUS WHERE HAMILTON IS CURRENTLY. BUT PAUL RILEY SAW THE MATCHUP WITH LYNN WILLIAMS, HER PACE AGAINST RENARD. THEY COULD EXPLOIT THAT ON THE FIELD WITH HAMILTON DROPPING IN. SEE IF SHE CAN PICK UP BALLS DEEPER AND LOOK AT LYNN WILLIAMS ON THE BACK LINE.>>Adrian: THE GERMAN INTERNATIONAL. TROUBLED BY INJURIES. SHE BROKE HER TOE IN GERMANY’S OPENING GAME. DIDN’T GET TO PLAY AGAIN UNTIL THE QUARTERFINAL. GERMANY’S EXIT ULTIMATELY FROM THE WORLD CUP. SHE IS MIGHTY INFLUENTIAL AT THE HEART OF THIS LYON MIDFIELD. SET PIECES. MAROZSAN TOWARD RENARD. AND SHE MAY BE A CENTERBACK BY NAME, LORI, BUT YOU WOULDN’T KNOW IT LOOKING AT HER GOAL-SCORING RECORD.>>Lori: THIS WILL BE A FANTASTIC MATCHUP WITH FANTASTIC MATCHUP ALL GAME, MATCHING UP WITH RENARD. THEY FELT THERE WOULD BE NO NEED TO DOUBLE TEAM.>>IT’S FROM THIS SIDE THAT THEY PRODUCED THEIR WINNER. GOES DOWN, AND WAS UP ENDED. CLOSING IN ON THE NATIONAL TEAM’S SCORING RECORD. KEMPER IN HER FIRST GAME BACK IN NORTH CAROLINA SINCE THE WORLD CUP. DIDN’T PLAY IN THE SEMIFINALS. AND PROTECTS THE SPOT. HERE IS ALEX GREENWOOD. RENARD. ABLE TO HOLD OFF SABINA.>>Lori: IT’S SO EARLY ON, A.J., BUT THESE ARE THE AREAS WHERE NORTH CAROLINA — >>Adrian: HARRIS FLOATING IT IN.>>Lori: THESE ARE THE AREAS NORTH CAROLINA NEEDS TO BE CAREFUL, BECAUSE LYON HAS THEIR PLAYMAKERS IN THERE. IF YOU EASILY TURN THE BALL OVER, YOU’RE GOING TO FIND YOURSELF CHASING THE REST OF THE GAME.>>Adrian: NOW WILLIAMS IS OFFSIDE. EARLY ON, THAT’S A COUPLE OF TIMES CAUGHT BEHIND THE LYON DEFENSIVE LINE.>>Lori: THIS WAS A BAD IDEA FROM HAMILTON. LOOKING TO FIND LYNN WILLIAMS. A FEW TIMES THEY’VE BEEN CAUGHT OFFSIDE. CAN THEY KEEP THE BALL FOR ONE EXTRA PASS.>>Adrian: TALK ABOUT THE APPETITE FOR REVENGE FOR LYON. HOW ABOUT ALL THE FRENCH NATIONAL TEAM IS OUT THERE. IT’S JUST OVER 50 DAYS SINCE THE U.S. BEAT FRANCE IN THE WORLD CUP QUARTERFINAL. THEY HAVE NINE PLAYERS FROM THAT QUARTERFINAL OUT THERE.>>Lori: FANTASTIC TACKLE THERE BY RENARD.>>Adrian: TIMED IT SO FELL, WENDIE RENARD. HAD THAT LATE CONSOLATION IN THE QUARTER FINALS.>>Lori: THIS IS AS MUCH A REVENGE GAME. SO MANY FRENCH INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS FROM THE WORLD CUP. BUT THEN ALSO THE LOSS IN THE FINAL LAST YEAR. SO A BIT OF A DOUBLE WHAMMY.>>Adrian: SO MANY OF THOSE FRENCH PLAYERS SPOKE PUBLICLY HOW THEIR HEART WAS ON MAKING THE SEMIS. THEY COULDN’T GET THERE. THE U.S. KNOCKING THEM OUT IN PARIS. AND THE NEW COACH, JEAN-LUC VASSEUR. A PLAYER BACK IN THE ’90s. TEN YEARS AS A YOUTH TEAM COACH ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE, WORKING HIS WAY UP. AND THEY ARE VERY MUCH AN ORGANIZATION THAT PRIDES THEMSELVES ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WOMEN’S GAME. VERY MUCH THE WOMEN’S TEAM ON A LEVEL FOOTING WITH THEIR MEN’S TEAM. AND THEY TRAIN AT THE SAME PLACES. HINKLE NOW. GOOD RUN FROM JAELENE HINKLE.>>Lori: THAT WAS A FANTASTIC RUN. A LITTLE MISHAP BY BOTH TEAMS, LOSING POSSESSION AND THEN SPRINGING HINKLE. THERE’S SO MANY NUMBERS IN THE MIDFIELD FOR NORTH CAROLINA.>>. >>Adrian: THAT’S AN OPEN SHOT. AND NEAREST IN THE GRASS THERE. BUT IT’S REPELLED BY NORTH CAROLINA. AND IT CONTINUES WITH O’SULLIVAN PICKING IT OFF. THE IRISH MIDFIELDER. WILLIAMS WITH THE CONNECTION AGAIN. DIDN’T QUITE OPEN UP.>>Lori: THIS IS A BIG NIGHT FOR HAMILTON. SHE’S GETTING THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE HER TALENT AGAINST EUROPEAN TEAMS. KRISTEN HAMILTON HAS SHOWN SHE CAN DO IT AGAINST OTHER TEAMS, BUT CAN SHE DO IT AGAINST SOME OF THESE INTERNATIONAL TEAM?>>Adrian: O’SULLIVAN, THE IRISH INTERNATIONAL, DIDN’T PLAY IN THE SEMIFINAL ON THURSDAY NIGHT. SHE’S PLAYED IN ALL 16 AT THE NWSL GAMES FOR THE COURAGE THIS YEAR. FINDING AN OPENING, AND HEGERBERG TRYING TO MAKE IT FROM THE NEAR POST.>>Lori: THIS LITTLE PLAY HERE, ABLE TO GET PAST MATHIAS. THAT’S COVERED ON THE NEAR POST.>>Lori: ANOTHER CORNER TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT FOR THE COURAGE. SHE REALLY DIDN’T CONNECT WITH IT. COULDN’T GET ANY POWER IN THE SHOT. THE CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL. SHE PLAYED IN SWEDEN, AS WELL AS FOR FIVE YEARS. HAD TO BE VERY PATIENT, STEPHANIE LABBE DID, WITH CANADA.>>Lori: THAT’S THE STORY WITH SO MANY GOALKEEPERS. PATIENCE IS THE NAME OF THE GAME, BIDING YOUR TIME, MAKING SURE YOU’RE READY WHEN YOU GET THE OPPORTUNITY, MAKING THE MOST OF IT.>>Adrian: THE U.S. PICKING UP THE PIECES. CRYSTAL DUNN TO WILLIAMS. THAT WAS A LAST-DITCH INTERCEPTION.>>Lori: AND THAT PLAY STARTED BY HER PICKING UP THE BALL IN BETWEEN THOSE LINES. SHE’S JUST FINDING POCKETS OF SPACE, LOOKING FOR KRISTEN HAMILTON, TRYING TO GET IN THAT BACK LINE.>>Adrian: ALONGSIDE RENARD NOW. PARIS TO GIVE CHASE. COOLEY DONE BETWEEN HINKLE AND LABBE. THE CHASE IS ON FOR HAMILTON. AND RENARD VERY MUCH IN CONTROL OF THE SITUATION. NOW PARRIS FROM LYON. AND THE FOLLOW UP. THE SPECTACULAR EFFORT TO MAROZSAN, WELL WIDE.>>Lori: THIS IS A GOOD RUN OUT OF THE MIDFIELD. A FABULOUS FIRST TOUCH BY PARRIS. DANGEROUS BALL TOSS. GOOD COMBINATION PLAY THERE. THIS LYON TIME HELPS OUT THERE DEFENSIVELY.>>Adrian: THE COURAGE COME RIGHT BACK WITH CRYSTAL DUNN DIRECTING TRAFFIC. NOW TO MATHIAS. AND A FREE KICK EVENTUALLY CONCEDED. PARRIS, WHO WAS THE PLAYER OF THE YEAR IN 2019 FOR MANCHESTER CITY. [ CROWD NOISE ] FIGHTING THROUGH SPACE. WILLIAMS TAKING ON RENARD. CRYSTAL DUNN! THAT BALL ACROSS. DUNN A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED.>>Lori: CRYSTAL DUNN STARTS THIS PLAY, OVER THE TOP TO LYNN WILLIAMS. IT WAS GOING TO BE A DIFFICULT BALL ALL ALONG. ALL SHE HAS TO DO IS MAKE GOOD CONDUCT. UNFORTUNATELY DOESN’T. A LITTLE BIT TOO MUCH OF A SWING.>>Adrian: THIS TUESDAY, ESPN2 IS HOME TO THE LEAGUE’S SEMIFINALS. AT 10:30, IT’S THE L.A. GALAXY.>>Adrian: AS RESOLUTE IN HER DEFENSE. BRAZIL LOST OUT IN THAT ROUND OF 16 AT THE WORLD CUP IN THAT CLASH AGAINST THE FRENCH. PAUL RILEY, ANXIOUS. HE’S BEEN AT THE TOM OF THE WOMEN’S GAME FOR WELL OVER A DECADE.>>Lori: BACK IN THE OLD LEAGUE, THE WTS. EVERYWHERE HE’S GONE, HE’S BEEN SUCCESSFUL, IMPLEMENTED A FUN STYLE.>>Adrian: COULDN’T GET THE SHOT AWAY, EVENTUALLY DID AND STOPPED BY STEPHANIE LABBE. SO MANY INTERCHANGEABLY PARTS FOR LYON.>>Lori: JUST THE ABILITY TO FIND THAT SIMPLE PASS. BOTH SIDES STARTING TO GET A RHYTHM AND IMPLEMENT THEIR STYLE OF PLAY. JUST NOT ENOUGH TO CAPITALIZE ON IN THE FINAL THIRD.>>Adrian: THE COURAGE, WHO WON THE TRIPLE LAST YEAR IN 2018. TWO CONSECUTIVE REGULAR SEASON TITLES FOR THE COURAGE. UNDER PRESSURE AGAIN. ALEX GREENWOOD FINDING A WA. AND NOW CAROLINA HAVE NUMBERS, AS WELL. KRISTEN HAMILTON, UP THROUGH THE MIDDLE HERE.>>Lori: SUCH A FUN STYLE OF PLAY. THIS IS NOT EASY. SHE MAKES GOOD CONTACT. LABBE IS FORCED TO COME UP WITH A BIG SAVE. OFF AND RUNNING BY NORTH CAROLINA DOWN AT THE OTHER END.>>Adrian: STEPHANIE LABBE HAS PLAYED FOUR GAMES AT THE WORLD CUP FOR CANADA. OVER 60 CAMPS WITH THEM.>>Lori: NOT ENOUGH IN MY OPINION TO WARRANT A CALL.>>Lori: UNDAUNTED, LYON BUILD AGAIN. THE SHOT IS ON FOR HEGERBERG. [ CROWD NOISE ]>>Lori: IT’S VERY DIFFICULT TO DEFEND UP TOP FOR LYON. WE’VE SEEN HER PICK UP BALLS AT THE TOP OF THE BOX AND DRIBBLE HERSELF. JUST THE MOVEMENT OF THOSE FRONT THREE, FRONT FOUR, SO DIFFICULT TO DEFEND.>>Adrian: MAROZSAN, COMBINING WITH PARRIS. LUCY BRONZE, EASY PICKINGS. AND NOW TO SARAH BOUHADDI. MADE HER NATIONAL TEAM DEBUT AT THE AGE OF 17. TEN YEARS SHE’S BEEN WITH LYON.>>THIS IS A GOOD RUN BY KRISTEN HAMILTON AND A GOOD FIRST PITCH. BUT IT GETS CAUGHT UNDERNEATH THEM. SO BOUHADDI DOES A GOOD JOB CLOSING DOWN THAT ANGLE, RENARD CLOSING DOWN HER ABILITY TO GET A GOOD LOOK ON GOAL.>>Adrian: KRISTEN HAMILTON, YOU TALKED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY FOR HER TONIGHT. SHE’S THE SECOND TOP SCORER IN THE NWSL. SHE HAS EIGHT. NEW ZEALAND>>Lori: LISTENING TO PAUL RILEY TALK ABOUT KRISTEN HAMILTON, HE WAS LIKE, SHE HAD SUCH A FABULOUS SEASON SO FAR, BUT CAN SHE DO THAT SEASON AFTER SEASON? THEIR LINES. AND NOW AMANDINE HENRY. HENRY TRYING TO CLOSE DOWN WILLIAMS AND DOES SO SUCCESSFULLY.>>Lori: ONE OF THE QUESTIONS COMING INTO THIS GAME WAS IN THE MIDFIELD WITH HENRY. WE ARE STARTING TO SEE SOME GAPS FOR CRYSTAL IN THERE. HENRY IS PERFECT TIMING ON THAT SLIDE TO SEPARATE THE BALL.>>Adrian: THEY HAVE THE ANGLES WORKED OUT THERE NICELY. HINKLE, AND NOW BACK TO THE GOAL DEEPER. SO GLAD YOU COULD BE WITH US TONIGHT, FROM CARY, NORTH CAROLINA. THE FINAL OF THE 2019 WOMEN’S ITC. THEY ARE TWO POWER HOUSES ON DISPLAY. LYNN WILLIAMS HERE. TRIED TO TEE IT UP FOR HAM ITON. SHE KNEW EXACTLY WHERE HAMILTON WAS RUNNING TO. UNFORTUNATELY, SO DID WENDIE RENARD.>>Adrian: JUST READING THE PLAY WELL HERE. KEEPING THINGS OUT OF DANGER. HINKLE WANTING TO DIVE ON THAT ONE. SCORELESS HERE AFTER THE FIRST HALF HOUR.>>Lori: IF YOU LOOK AT NORTH CAROLINA, WHAT WE EXPECTED THEM, TO PUT PRESSURE AND SPRING IT FORWARD. IF THEY CAN PICK OUT THE PLAY ON TOP OF THE BOX, THEY’LL FIND IT THAT MUCH EASIER.>>Adrian: LET’S SHOW YOU WHAT HAPPENED HERE ABOUT THREE HOURS AGO WHEN THE GAME STARTED. MANCHESTER CITY AND MADRID. IT WAS CITY THAT LED EARLY ON WITH THE BREAKAWAY GOAL. WE WATCHED MOST OF THIS GAME.>>Lori: DOMINANT PERFORMANCE BY THEM UNTIL THE 75th MINUTE. BUT STARTED LOSING THEIR WAY. AND THEN MANCHESTER CITY WOULD FINISH THE GAME OFF. >>Adrian: AS YOU SAID, SOME CHANGES MADE. SIX SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED IN THE LEAGUE. SO THEY CAME BACK FROM BEING 2-1 DOWN TO TURNING IT AROUND. BREAKAWAY GOAL LEVELING IT UP.>>Lori: TALE OF TWO HALVES. MAN CITY IN THE FIRST HALF, MADRID IN THE SECOND, AND THEN MAN CITY WITH THE SUBSTITUTE, TWO BIG GOALS LATE IN THE GAME. SO CITY COMING BACK TO WIN 3-2 AND CLAIM THIRD PLACE HERE. WE SHOWED YOU JUST HOW CLOSE THEY PUSHED THESE TWO TEAMS HERE TONIGHT. MADRID TAKING LYON TO 94 MINUTES TO SCORE THE ONLY GOAL OF THE GAME. FOR A LONG TIME IN THE SECOND SEMIFINAL, IT LOOKED LIKE MANCHESTER CITY WOULD BE IN. AND THEN LIGHTNING STRUCK. NOT QUITE LITERALLY, BUT THERE WAS A LATE HEROICS BY HER.>>AMAZING CELEBRATIONS FOLLOWED BY HER, TOO. SHE RAN WITH THE SIDELINES. SO WE’RE ALL REHYDRATED AND READY TO GO AGAIN. WENDIE RENARD, HAS SCORED FOUR GOALS AND AN OWN GOAL SO FAR THIS SUMMER. LYON OUT THERE. THEY’VE WON 13 CONSECUTIVE LEAGUE TITLES. HINKLE DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THAT. AND NOW A DEFENDER DOWN FOR LYON. THEY’RE PLAYING ON.>>Lori: THIS IS GOOD PATIENCE BY NORTH CAROLINA. PUSHING THE POINT OF ATTACK A FEW DIFFERENT TIMES. AND THEN TAKING THE BALL UP AT THE TOP OF THE BOX AND TRYING TO CLIP THIS BALL INTO CRYSTAL DUNN. AT THE SAME TIME THAT PATIENCE BE ABLE TO SWITCH THE POINT OF ATTACK. PLAYS THAT FABULOUS BALL ACROSS, SO DANGEROUS. DON’T EXPECT THIS WATER BREAK PAUL RILEY WAS TALKING ABOUT. JUST LOOKING TO EXPLOIT THEM ON THE SIDES.>>Adrian: ANOTHER REALLY SHARP TURN. WILLIAMS WITH IT. AND WENDIE RENARD TAKING CONTROL. SHE’S BEEN BUSY. THE COURAGE GIVING THEM PLENTY TO THINK ABOUT. O’SULLIVAN, COMING ACROSS.>>Adrian: FROM THE CORNER. RENARD. ALL SORTS OF SPACE HERE ON THE FAR SIDE FOR LYON TO EXPLOIT. PARRIS WITH THE LAYOFF. LATE WORK FROM HINKLE. SUPERB DEFENDING FROM HINKLE. HEGERBERG ABOUT TO TURN.>>Lori: YOU MENTIONED HINKLE. COULD POTENTIALLY GET ON A BREAK THERE, WIDE OPEN ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE. DID A GOOD JOB, JUST FILLING THE PLAY, ALLOWING FOR HINKLE TO GET BACK AND MAKE THAT DEFENSIVE PLAY.>>Adrian: REALLY GOOD CROWD ON HAND TONIGHT. THEY AVERAGE JUST OVER 5,000 IN THE NWSL. EXPECTING OVER 7500 TONIGHT. MANY WERE HERE FOR THE FIRST GAME, AS WELL. AS PARRIS NOW. AND LUCY BRONZE WITH THE CHALLENGE. ANOTHER SWEEPING MOVE.>>Lori: LUCY BRONZE HAS BEEN MORE OF A STRIKER IN THIS GAME, DOING A GOOD JOB CREATING.>>Adrian: LUCY BRONZE WON THE SILVER BALL IN FRANCE. HAMILTON IS ON TO IT. WILLIAMS CAN’T REACH THAT. NOW MLS ON ESPN RESUMES ON THURSDAY NIGHT, 9:30 EASTERN, SPORTING KANSAS CITY HOSTING MINNESOTA UNITED FROM CHILDREN’S MERCY PARK IN KANSAS CITY. START OF A BIG, LONG WEEKEND OF GAMES. SO THURSDAY, 9:30 EASTERN ON ESPN. THE SECOND-EVER ICC. LOTS OF TALK ABOUT POSSIBLE EXPANSION IN THIS TOURNAMENT IN THE YEARS MOVING FORWARD. THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT MAYBE EIGHT MORE TEAMS NEXT YEAR.>>Lori: IF THEY COULD ADD IN FOUR MORE TEAMS, THAT WOULD BE FABULOUS. JUST THE LEVEL OF COMPETITION IS NEEDED IN TERMS OF THE WOMEN’S GAME.>>Adrian: YEAH, WE TALKED ABOUT IT IN THE OPEN. IT’S A UNIQUE SITUATION. A LOVELY PASS. GREAT WORK FROM LABBE. SHE HAD TO BE SMART COMING OFF HER LINE.>>Lori: THIS IS AN AREA THAT NORTH CAROLINA IS GOING TO NEED TO BE CAREFUL WITH. ANOTHER FANTASTIC FOOTBALL THROUGH, BUT LABBE HAS THAT COVERED. WELL TIMED.>>Lori: DUNN TRYING TO PICK UP THE PIECES.>>Adrian: NOW THE COURAGE CERTAINLY FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE HERE. RELISHING THIS OPPORTUNITY. AS PAUL RILEY SAID, THEY ARE GOING TO PLAY THE GAME ON THEIR TERMS. LYON HAS WON FOUR CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONS LEAGUES. THE MOST RECENT OF WITCH WAS A — RENARD HAS IT STOLEN AWAY.>>Lori: THIS IS THE MATCHUP THAT WE REFERENCED ON IN THE FIRST HALF. PUSHING THE PACE THERE ON THE CENTER BACKS. JUST A LITTLE MISCOMMUNICATION AND WHAT THAT BALL WAS GOING TO LOOK LIKE FROM LYNN WILLIAMS.>>Adrian: PAUL RILEY ALL IN FAVOR OF THE EXPANSION, SAYING WHY STOP AT EIGHT? LET’S GO TO 42 IN THE YEARS DOWN THE LINE. ALL PART OF WHAT HAS BEEN SUCH A FEEL-GOOD FACTOR IN THE WOMEN’S GAME OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS. AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO KEEP IT GOING AND BUILD UPON IT. WE’VE ALREADY SEEN THE KNOCK-ON EFFECTS HERE IN THE NWSL.>>Lori: JUST THE VISIBILITY OF THAT WORLD CUP AND THE QUALITY OF PLAY SHOWS HOW EXCITING THESE GAMES ARE. EARLIER TODAY, PLAYING AT RED BALL ARENA, 9500 FANS IN ATTENDANCE. JUST AMAZING THE SUPPORT. AND IT’S A FABULOUS PRODUCT JUST IN TERMS OF KEEPING THAT VISIBILITY GOING, MAKING SURE FANS ARE AWARE.>>Adrian: ANOTHER THRILLING CONCLUSION IN STORE FOR THE NWSL. WE’LL TALK ABOUT THAT AT HALFTIME. NORTH CAROLINA, IN THE POWER HOUSE OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.>>Adrian: THEY ONLY LOST ONE GAME LAST YEAR, HAVE ALREADY LOST FOUR THIS YEAR.>>Lori: LAST SEASON IN 2018, JUST PURE DOMINATION FROM NORTH CAROLINA. JUST FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS. NORTH CAROLINA IN PARTICULAR, JUST THE TYPE OF PLAYERS THAT THEY HAVE AND THEIR STYLE OF PLAY, A RUN AND GUN STYLE. HEGERBERG GOING DOWN, BUT SHE WAS OFFSIDE. AND TRIED TO GET IT FOR THE REBOUND. BUT THE BAR IS STILL SHAKING.>>Lori: THIS IS A FANTASTIC EFFORT. JUST FINDS HERSELF WIDE OPEN. THE ONE THAT PLAYS THAT ONE, PERFECTLY PLACED INTO HER PHAT. MAKES FANTASTIC CONTACT WITH THAT ONE.>>Adrian: AS CLOSE TO A BREAKTHROUGH IN THIS FIRST HALF. STOPPAGE TIME IS GOING TO BE THREE MINUTES. PARRIS WANTS IT BACK. COULDN’T QUITE REACH IT. YOU MENTIONED, LORI, SHE’S REALLY MAKING THINGS HAPPEN. ON THE BALL NOW.>>Lori: SHE’S BEEN FABULOUS THIS FIRST HALF. SHE’S MAKING RUNS, AND MORE TONIGHT, COMING BACK, PLAYMAKING, PLAYED SOME BRILLIANT THROUGH BALLS.>>Adrian: STOPPAGE BEHIND PLAY. DANIELLE IS THE MATCH OFFICIAL. SABINA TO HINKLE. SHE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THAT BACK. TWO OR THREE GLORIOUS CHANCES FOR THEM TO SCORE.>>Lori: IN TONIGHT’S GAME, THEY ARE STILL DOING A GOOD JOB FLOATING IN THERE, JUST THE FINAL PRODUCT, WHETHER IT’S LACROSSE OR JUST A LITTLE DOTTED BALL BARK. KEEPING YOUR SHOTS ON TRAIN.>>Adrian: HENRY IS DOWN. HER SECOND SPELL WITH LYON. SHE PLAYED WITH THEM A DECADE BEFORE LEAVING FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. SHE WAS A BIG HIT IN PORTLAND TOO, ISN’T SHE?>>Adrian: ABSOLUTELY. WE SEE HOW QUALITY ON THE BALL. HE’S NOT FLASHY, BUT SO IMPORTANT TO A MIDFIELD. HE SCORED IN EXTRA TIME TO BEAT BRAZIL. PLAYS IN THAT QUARTERFINAL WITH THE UNITED STATES. THREE MINUTES OF STOPPAGE TIME. LORI, A BRIEF OF WHAT WE HAVE SEEN?>>Lori: TO BE EXPECTED BY NORTH CAROLINA, PUSHING THE PACE, LOOKING TO CAPITALIZE ON THE COUNTER ATTACK. AND THEN IF YOU’RE LYON, DOING A GOOD JOB OF WORKING YOUR WAY UP, KEEPING THE BALL. BOTH TEAMS IN THAT FINAL THIRD, CAN THEY FIND A LITTLE MORE PRECISION, BE A LITTLE MORE CLINICAL?>>Adrian: THAT WAS FROM LONG RANGE.>>Lori: WE’VE SEEN HER DO THIS BUFF. JUST A ROCKET OF A SHOT. SHOULD HAVE BEEN A CORNER KICK.>>Adrian: NOW HEGERBERG. NOW THAT IS THE FINAL OF THE FIRST HALF. GREAT ENTERTAINMENT HERE. WE’LL STEP AWAY.>>Adrian: WELCOME BACK, EVERYONE. GLAD YOU COULD BE WITH US FOR THIS MATCH, FEATURING THE SAME TWO HEADLINERS WE SAW A YEAR AGO IN MIAMI. A GAME THAT IS UNFOLDING IN A VERY DIFFERENT MANNER, THOUGH, FROM WHAT WE SAW 12 MONTHS AGO. NIL-NIL, AFTER 45 MINUTES. AND YOU CAN SEE THE RESPECTIVE BENCHES, LOTS OF ACTIVITY DOWN THERE. MENTIONED UP TO SIX SUBSTITUTIONS CAN BE MADE DURING THE COURSE OF THE SECOND HALF. LYON AND NORTH CAROLINA, WHO BOTH HAVE TO GO THE DISTANCE AND THEN SOME TO GET PAST THEIR SEMIFINAL OPPONENTS. LORI LINDSEY ALONGSIDE. WE HIGHLIGHTED HER IN THE FIRST HALF, LORI, KRISTEN HAMILTON. ALL THAT WAS MISSING WAS THE FINISHING TOUCH.>>HAMILTON IS MAKING GOOD RUNS, FORCING THE DEFENSE TO MAKE CRITICAL PLAYS. AT THE SAME TIME, AGAIN, IT WAS JUST THE FINAL TOUCH, THAT FINAL CROSS, THE FINAL ATTEMPT ON GOAL THAT JUST LET THEM DOWN. THIS IS WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT IN THE FIRST HALF, CAN SHE ARRIVE FOR THIS OCCASION. THAT WAS REALLY THE — WHAT PAUL RILEY WANTED TO SEE FROM HER. AGAIN, WE MENTIONED HOW SHE’S BEEN GOOD AND SO DOMINANT IN MANY WAYS, BUT CAN SHE TAKE HER GAME TO ANOTHER LEVEL AND ALSO PLAY AGAINST SOME OF THESE TOP INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS AND PUSH TO GET A SPOT ON THE U.S. NATIONAL TEAM.>>Adrian: A SWITCH, SHANICE van de SANDEN IS COMING ON. NIKITA PARRIS WILL MAKE WAY. van de SANDEN WILL GIVE HINKLE PLENTY TO THINK ABOUT THAT SIDE OF THE FIELD.>>Lori: LUCY BRONZE CREATING SOME COMBINATION PLAYS. van de SANDEN ALSO, AS YOU MENTIONED, PACY, HELPFUL TO THE BACK LINE. SEE IF SHE CAN SUPPLY SOME SERVICE TO HEGERBERG. THAT WAS MISSING IN THE FIRST HALF. HEGERBERG IS BEST WHEN SHE’S AROUND THAT SIX-YARD BOX. THERE WASN’T MUCH OF THAT IN THE FIRST HALF, SO WE’LL SEE IF van de SANDEN AND HER SPEED CAN ALLOW FOR THAT.>>Adrian: ALL SET FOR ACTION. THE COURAGE COMING OUT TO START THE SECOND HALF AS THEY STARTED THE FIRST. PRETTY MUCH THE STRONGEST 11, AS THEY HAVE THE LIKES OF HEATHER O’REILLY, JESSICA McDONALD, AND THE HEROES OF THE OTHER NIGHT.>>Lori: TALKED ABOUT THAT WITH HEATHER O’REILLY YESTERDAY, ABOUT WHAT IT’S LIKE, AND HOW PAUL RILEY HAS HANDLED THAT, AND REALLY WHAT IT’S ALLOWED THIS TEAM TO DO IN TERMS OF BEING ABLE TO STAY ON TOP OF THE STANDINGS.>>Adrian: van de SANDEN WITH IT. ANNOUNCING HER INTENTIONS IMMEDIATELY. DEFENDING THE SET PIECE, AN OMNIPRESENT ONE. CAN THEY CONTINUE THAT? THE SECOND HALF? MAROZSAN DELIVERING THROUGH. AND MAJRI BREAKING THE DEADLOCK IN THE FIRST HALF ALMOST WITH THAT SHOT OFF THE BAR.>>Lori: THAT FIRST HALF A BIT UNUSUAL. A LOT OF THEM LOW DRIVEN BALLS. JUST ANOTHER ONE THERE. GOOD ATTEMPT THERE BY MAJRI. TOUGH BALL TO MAKE CONTACT ON.>>Adrian: HE PLAYS FURTHER FORWARD, FOR HER TEAM WITH THE NEW SIGNING. ALEX GREENWOOD JUST BEHIND HER. THERE IS GREENWOOD. ON THE SHIELD, KRISTEN HAMILTON ALMOST MAKING THINGS HAPPEN. THE KEY WORD THERE, ALMOST.>>Lori: THIS IS WHAT SEPARATED HER THIS YEAR. JUST HER WILLINGNESS TO CONTINUE TO PLAY, NEVER GIVING UP, EVEN WHEN IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS DEAD.>>Adrian: NWSL PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR JULY, KRISTEN HAMILTON. PLAYED IN FOUR WORLD CUPS. SHE TRIED TO RETIRE, BUT NEW ZEALAND WOULDN’T LET HER. THEY KEPT CALLING HER BACK. SHE’S ONLY 29. WAS A 17-YEAR-OLD IN THE 2007 WORLD CUP.>>Lori: SHE’S REALLY HAD A REER IS — RESURGENCE TO HER CAREER WHEN SHE CAME HERE TO NORTH CAROLINA. GOT HERSELF EVEN MORE FIT, ABLE TO ADD SOME YEARS TO HER CAREER AND KEEP HERSELF GOING. THIS MOVE TO NORTH CAROLINA HAS BEEN EXTREMELY BENEFICIAL. JUST AN INTEGRAL PART OF THIS DEFENSE HERE.>>Adrian: SHE WAS PART OF THE WESTERN NEW YORK CLASH TEAM WHO MOVED HERE TO NORTH CAROLINA TO THE 2016 — AND WON A TITLE THERE. PAUL RILEY WAS IN CHARGE OF THAT TEAM, TOO. HAMILTON ON THE MOVE. PAUL RILEY HAVING A WORD WITH HIS ASSISTANT ON THE NEAR SIDE. THIRD TIME TONIGHT THE COURAGE HAVE BEEN CAUGHT OFFSIDE. BOUHADDI TO GREENWOOD. GREENWOOD PROMOTED TO THE TOP FLIGHT WITH MANCHESTER. BOUHADDI HAS TO HURRY. AN OPEN NET. AND JUST TOO MUCH ON IT. FIRST TIME SHE KNEW BOUHADDI WAS STRANDED.>>Lori: FIND SOME ROOM IN THAT MIDFIELD. A GOOD LOOK TO FIND LYNN WILLIAMS. BOUHADDI OFF HER LINE, PERFECTLY TIMED. JUST A LITTLE TOO MUCH WEIGHT ON THAT. BUT ALL THAT PLAY STARTED FROM O’SULLIVAN. SHE’S BEEN THE LINK IN THIS MIDFIELD. SHE GOES UNNOTICED, BUT SHE’S STARTING THESE PLAYS, GETTING THE BALL OFF THE BACK LINE, PLAYING SIMPLE. GETTING HERSELF IN GOOD DEFENSIVE POSITION, AS WELL.>>Adrian: SHE’S SUCH A FIRE BRAND. HARD TO THINK SHE WAS UNWANTED BY THE HOUSTON DASH A YEAR AND A HALF AGO.>>Lori: EXTREMELY HARD TO BELIEVE, ESPECIALLY WHEN PAUL RILEY SAID SHE’S THE BEST PLAYER ON THEIR TEAM. HE GAVE HER A REST FOR THE SEMIFINAL BECAUSE SHE HAS BEEN PLAYING SO MANY MINUTES. WORK-A-HOLIC, DIDN’T HE? RUNNING OUT OF REAL ESTATE. JEAN-LUC VASSEUR SAID THEY WERE LOOKING TO STIMULATE A NEW DYNAMIC HERE. [ CROWD NOISE ]>>Adrian: ABBY DAHLKEMPER PLAYED MORE OUTFIELD MINUTES THAN ANY OTHER PLAYER FOR THE U.S. AT THE WORLD CUP IN FRANCE. LYNN WILLIAMS. THE SECOND TOP SCORER IN THE NWSL LAST YEAR. WORKING ON SIX GOALS AND FIVE ASSISTS THIS YEAR.>>Lori: AND NOT AS MANY GOALS, BUT SO IMPORTANT IN TERMS OF PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE TEAM’S BLACK LINE. SHE JUST MAKES EVERYONE AROUND HER A BETTER PLAYER.>>Adrian: HERE’S THE CORNER FOR THE COURAGE. BOUHADDI STARTED TO COME BUT CHANGED HER MIND, WAS ABLE TO RECOVER. PAUL RILEY’S SIDE HASN’T HAD ALL THE PIECES TO WORK WITH. GREW UP IN THE FOOTBALLING HOT BED OF LIVERPOOL. NOW HAMILTON. WILLIAMS. BOUHADDI PLAYING THE SLEEPER ROLE TO GREAT EFFECT.>>Lori: BOUHADDI COMING OFF HER LINE THERE, READING THAT PLAY. OTHERWISE, LYNN WILLIAMS WAS IN ONE ON ONE.>>Adrian: ALL OF A SUDDEN POPPING OUT, AN OPPORTUNITY PRESENTING ITSELF. HEGERBERG WAS THE TARGET. HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET HEGERBERG FULLY INVOLVED IN ALL THE THINGS THEY’RE DOING.>>Lori: NO, AND CREDIT DAHLKEMPER THERE, KEEPING HER OCCUPIED, MAKING SURE SHE DOESN’T GET ON THE BALL.>>Adrian: HEGERBERG, WHO SCORED A HAT TRICK IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL, A DEMOLISHING IN BARCELONA, 4-1. THEIR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TITLE. HAMILTON IS THROUGH. AND IT IS HAMILTON AND WILLIAMS. BREAKING THROUGH AGAIN.>>Lori: DEBINHA FINDS HERSELF IN A GOOD SPOT. I FEEL LIKE SHE SHOULD HAVE GONE TO THE OTHER SIDE. INSTEAD, LOOK WHAT SHE’S CAUGHT IN BETWEEN.>>Adrian: ANOTHER STRONG CHALLENGE. MATHIAS IS ONE OF THOSE WHO MISSED THE FINAL LAST YEAR. DEBINHA.>>Lori: WELL DONE BY LYON, TO STAND UP TO THAT PRESSURE.>>Adrian: BRONZE. WHAT A FINISH! AND MAROZSAN, A GOAL FIT FOR ANY FINAL!>>Lori: WHAT A FINISH IS GREAT, ADRIAN. ABLE TO BREAK PRESSURE ON THE NEAR SIDE. AND LUCY DRAWING FROM THE FAR SIDE. AND MAROZSAN DOES A FANTASTIC JOB JUST TO FLOAT IN, HOLD HER RUN RIGHT HERE. AND THEN WHAT A QUALITY INSIDE THE SHOOT — INSIDE THE FOOT FINISH THAT IS. THAT IS JUST A BEAUTIFUL FINISH. AGAIN, A PERFECTLY TIMED RUN. IT’S BEING ABLE TO BREAK THAT PRESSURE BY NORTH CAROLINA. ONCE YOU DO, YOU HAVE LOADS OF SPACE. AND LUCY BRONZE UP AND DOWN THAT RIGHT HAND SIDE.>>Adrian: MAROZSAN, SUFFERED A BROKEN TOE EARLIER IN THE SEASON. McDONALD WILL BE LOOKING TO REPLICATE WHAT SHE DID OFF THE BENCH HERE ON THURSDAY NIGHT, WHICH WAS TO HELP TURN THE GAME AROUND. SHE COMES ON IN A FAMILIAR POSITION. HERE TEAM NOW TRAILING BY A GOAL. DUNN. van de SANDEN COMING THE OTHER WAY. HEGERBERG. GREAT CLEARANCE FROM McDONALD.>>Lori: THIS IS WHERE LYON NEEDS TO BE CAREFUL. UP ONE GOAL. YOU BRING ON McDONALD. MAKE SURE YOU TAKE THEM BACK. DON’T GIVE TOO MUCH AWAY IN THAT MIDFIELD, ALLOWING NORTH CAROLINA TO SPRING YOU ON THE COUNTER.>>Adrian: JUST OVERRUNNING IT THERE. NOW MEWIS. McDONALD, WHO HAS BEEN THE TOP AMERICAN SCORER IN THE NWSL OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF SEASONS. PAUL RILEY WAS TELLING YOUSTRUG TO REPLICATE THAT FORM THIS YEAR.>>Lori: IT’S NEVER EASY WHEN YOU COME BACK FROM A WORLD CUP, WHETHER YOU SAT ON THE BENCH OR PLAYED MANY MINUTES. IT’S ABOUT READJUSTING TO THE TEAM.>>Lori: SHE’S BEEN SHOWING THAT CASE WE TALKED ABOUT, THIS TIME ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE. AS THIS GAME GETS STRETCHED, THEY COULD UTILIZE HER. PAYS TO GET IN BEHIND NORTH CAROLINA.>>Adrian: GREENWOOD SWINGING IN FROM THE LEFT. GOING TO BE ANOTHER CHANGE MOMENTARILY FOR LYON. NOW A SUBSTITUTION COMING ON, GOING TO MAKE WAY. LOTS OF GREAT FOOTWORK FROM HER IN THE FIRST HALF.>>Lori: TERRIFIC GAME BY HER. NOW THEY’RE GOING MORE WITH THE DEFENSIVE MINDSET NOW.>>Adrian: SHE’S BEEN WITH THEM SINCE 2013.>>Lori: THAT’S A GOOD PLAY BY MAJRI, JUST SLOW THINGS DOWN. DUNN HAS BEEN ABLE TO GET ON THE BALL, JUST SLOW THINGS DOWN, GET NUMBERS BEHIND THE BALL.>>Adrian: DEBINHA NOW.>>Lori: THERE WAS A BIG QUESTION MARK COMING INTO THIS GAME, WAS MAJRI GOING TO BE ABLE TO TRACK THESE NORTH CAROLINA PLAYERS, WERE THEY GOING TO WANT TO, GIVEN THE DIFFERENT STYLES OF PLAY AND THE MORE RUN AND GUN STYLE PLAYS OF NORTH CAROLINA?>>Adrian: YOU SUSPECT THERE WILL BE A LOT MORE RUNNING AND GUNNING IN THE FINAL HALF HOUR. PAUL RILEY SAID WE WENT WITH A TWO-TWO-THREE-THREE. I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF THAT’S A FORMATION, BUT IT PAID OFF FOR THEM. ESPN2 IS YOUR HOME FOR THE LEAGUE CUP SEMIFINALS ON TUESDAY. THAT’S 8:30 EASTERN, THAT’S FROM HOUSTON. AT 10:40 FROM L.A., THE GALAXY. HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US FOR THE LEAGUE CUP SEMIFINALS TUESDAY, AS WE ARE WATCHING THE ITT FINAL WITH US. GLAD YOU WOULD BE WITH US FROM CAYY, JUST OUTSIDE OF RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA. SALEM STADIUM, 7500 PACKED IN HERE. HOME OF THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE, SEEING IF THEY CAN MOUNT A COMEBACK AGAINST THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LYON. GOOD DECEPTION. AND NOW McDONALD. ABLE TO WRIGGLE AWAY PAST RENARD.>>Lori: GOOD IDEA THERE BY JESS McDONALD. WHO PUTS IT THROUGH RENARD’S LEGS. YOU CAN TELL THAT GOAL ON THURSDAY NIGHT IN THE SEMIFINALS GAVE HER A LITTLE BIT OF CONFIDENCE. WHAT SHE NEEDED IN TERMS OF MAKING THE RUNS IN BEHIND, GETTING ON THE BALL.>>Adrian: MAROZSAN, THE GOAL SCORER, VERY COOL TO LO LUCY BRONZE. BRONZE HAS WON HERE A DECADE AGO. PRETTY GOOD YEAR, AS WELL. LUCY BRONZE HAD BEEN BORN TWO MILES FURTHER NORTH WOULD BE PLAYING FOR SCOTLAND, NOT ENGLAND. BORN IN A TINY LITTLE TOWN RIGHT ON THE BORDER. McDONALD AGAIN! AND IT WILL BE A CORNER. THE COURAGE ARE A RISING TIDE.>>Lori: AND McDONALD MAKING HER PRESENCE KNOWN. DEFENSIVE PLAY RIGHT THERE, AND McDONALD FIRES THAT ONE. THEY ARE TROOULY TELESKOPIC. — TROO TRULY TELESCOPIC. DEBINHA. MATHIAS.>>Lori: CREDIT TO LYON IN THE SECOND HALF, COMING OUT EARLY ON. THEY’RE GIVING NORTH CAROLINA A BIT OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE. AND NOW A LITTLE MORE DEFENSIVE PRESSURE. THEY’RE DOING A GOOD JOB GETTING NUMBERS BEHIND THE BALL, WORKING TOGETHER AS A UNIT.>>THE COURAGE FAITHFUL SAYING TO GET ON WITH IT. AND A YELLOW CARD. MIDWAY POINT OF THE SECOND HALF. LUCY BRONZE FOR LYON. ONCE UPON A TIME AT LIVERPOOL. BRONZE CONNECTS WITH HER AGAIN. TAKING IT IN, TRYING TO STAY WITH HER. DEBINHA WAS THE INTENDED TARGET. O’SULLIVAN NOW. AND NOW HINKLE, WITH ROOM TO ROAM. McDONALD WAS HER INTENDED TARGET. 1-NIL. IT FINISHED ONE YEAR AGO IN FAVOR OF THE COURAGE. IT’S 1-NIL IN FAVOR OF LYON HERE. WITH THE GOAL FROM MAROZSAN. BOUHADDI AGAIN. DIFFERENT TIMES TONIGHT SHE’S COME ON OUTSIDE THE PENALTY AREA.>>Adrian: O’SULLIVAN. HERE’S HINKLE. KUMAGAI NOW. MENTIONED IN THE FIRST HALF THE CALM PRESENCE HENRY IS. KUMAGAI COULDN’T PUNISH IT.>>Lori: THIS IS WHERE THE METHODICAL PLAY OF LYON COULD BE BENEFICIAL TO CLOSE OUT THIS GAME. JUST MAKE SURE THEY’RE TAKING CARE OF THE BALL IN THE RIGHT PLACES.>>Adrian: AND THERE’S DAHLKEMPER. DAHLKEMPER ANTICIPATING AGAIN. GIVING IT BACK. McDONALD. NORTH CAROLINA SO KEEN TO PROVE THAT LAST YEAR WASN’T A FLUKE. AND McDONALD CAN HELP THEM GET THERE. ANOTHER CORNER COMING THE WAY OF THE HOME TEAM. THE CROWD WILL PUMP IT UP ONCE MORE.>>Lori: ANOTHER GOOD OPPORTUNITY BY NORTH CAROLINA, JUST NOT ENOUGH RUNNERS IN THE BOX. LYNN WILLIAMS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GOAL. DIFFICULT FOR CRYSTAL DUNN AND DEBINHA TO GET IN THE BOX. CAN THEY GET MORE NUMBERS IN THE BOX AND MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT WITH THE RUN, PICK SOMEONE OUT?>>Adrian: WHO CAN DEBINHA PICK OUT HERE? DAHLKEMPER RETREATS.>>Adrian: MATHIAS SWINGING THAT IN. O’SULLIVAN MIXING IT UP. ABLE TO HOLD HER OWN.>>Adrian: SHE PLAYS BIGGER THAN SHE IS. DOES A FANTASTIC JOB OF GETTING HERSELF IN POSITION TO MAKE THOSE DEFENSIVE PLAYS. IF YOU CAN GET YOURSELF IN GOOD POSITION AND TALE THE BALL OR TOE POKE IT AWAY, THAT’S WHAT SHE DOES SO WELL HOLDING THAT MIDFIELD POSITION.Gá■>>Adrian: PRESSURE IS CONTINUING AND MOUNTING. PLAY ALMOST ENTIRELY LOCKED INTO LYON HALF AT THE MOMENT. THERE IS GOING TO BE ANOTHER HYDRATION BREAK. WELL, A BREAK AT THIS TIME PROVES TO BE JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED. EARLIER THERE WAS A 70-MINUTE WEATHER BREAK. THIS WILL ONLY BE THREE. WHAT DO YOU IMAGINE PAUL RILEY IS SAYING TO HIS TEAM?>>Lori: KEEP UP THE PACE. IF YOU CAN SPRING, THEN DO SO. BUT CAN YOU GIVE HINKLE OUT WIDE. THAT’S WHAT IS MISSING, THAT FINAL BALL. WE’RE STARTING TO SEE LYON DROP BACK MORE IN A DEFENSIVE POSTURE. NORTH CAROLINA HAS TO GO FOR IT.>>Adrian: THIS IS THE GOAL THAT SEPARATES THE TEAMS.>>Lori: WHAT A STRIKE THAT WAS FROM MAROZSAN. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY HAVE NO ABILITY TO MAKE THAT SAVE.>>Adrian: THE GERMANY TEAM WON THE 2016 OLYMPICS. WE ARE READY FOR ACTION AGAIN. IT’S THE FINAL 15 MINUTES BETWEEN NORTH CAROLINA AND LYON. THEY’LL BE HOPING THAT LIGHTNING CAN INDEED STRIKE TWICE. PAUL RILEY HAS ONLY MADE THE ONE CHANGE SO FAR, JESSICA McDONALD’S LONG THROW. STILL UP FOR GRABS. SHE HAD TO HOOK IT CLEAR IN EMERGENCY FASHION. IF THEY PRESS FURTHER UP THE FIELD, THE DANGER LURKS FOR THE LYON COUNTERATTACK. MAROZSAN. GREENWOOD. AND THERE’S O’SULLIVAN AND HINKLE. OUR COVERAGE OF MLS, THE START OF A BUSY RIVALRY WEEKEND, A TOTAL OF FOUR GAMES FOR YOU. THE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT 9:30 EASTERN, SPORTING KANSAS CITY TAKING ON MINNESOTA UNITED. HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US FOR THAT. THAT WILL BE ON ESPN. AS JESSICA McDONALD WITH YET ANOTHER CORNER KICK.>>Lori: AGAIN, JESS McDONALD PUSHING THE PACE.>>Adrian: ABBY DAHLKEMPER TAKES THIS, INTERESTINGLY. IT’S THE HEADER. TOUGH FOR HER TO REALLY GENERATE ANYTHING OFF OF THAT HEADER, BACK PEDALING AS SHE WAS. BIG CROWD HERE IN CARY. GOING TO GET WHAT THEY CAME FOR. OFFICIAL ATTENDANCE HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED, 8,208 HERE.[ílÑ TERRIFIC STUFF AGAIN AFTER THE WORLD CUP ROLLS ON. BACK IN AGAIN IT COMES.>>Lori: DOING A GOOD JOB MAKING SURE THEY HAVE NUMBERS BACK. BUT RIGHT NOW, AS NORTH CAROLINA TRIES TO SPRING A COUNTERATTACK, THEY’RE SO NARROW AT THE POSITIONING, THEY ONLY HAVE DUNN AND WILLIAMS. THERE’S NO ONE OUTSIDE. IT DOESN’T ALLOW FOR HINKLE OR MATHIAS TO GET UP THE FIELD. PRETTY PREDICTABLE.>>Adrian: PAUL RILEY IS ON THE VERGE OF MAKING ANOTHER SWITCH. GOING TO SEE ANOTHER OF THE HEROES PERHAPS COME ON WITH McKENZIE. MERITT MATHIAS. BOUHADDI, HE’S REALLY BEEN IN COMMAND OF HER AREA TONIGHT. TAKING A LITTLE LONGER THAN THE CROWD LIKED GETTING RID OF IT. CROSS TO HENRY. THE COURAGE ARE STILL UNBEATEN AT HOME. FOUR WINS AND FOUR DRAWS HERE. CROWD AREN’T USED TO SEEING THEIR TEAM ON THE WRONG END OF THE SCORE LINE HERE. ANOTHER HOME GAME COMING AGAINST THE RAIN IN THE WSL NEXT WEEKEND. THAT’S A BIG ONE.>>Lori: EITHER WAY THIS GAME PLAYS OUT FOR NORTH CAROLINA, IT REALLY DOES SET THEM UP FOR SUCCESS IN TERMS OF THAT BIG WIN IN THE SEMIFINAL ON FINAL, AND A REALLY QUALITY GAME SO FAR IN FINAL TODAY. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT BRINGING THE OTHER PLAYERS, YOU’RE STARTING TO SEE PLAYERS ELEVATE. THAT’S WHAT YOU WANT DURING THE LATTER PART OF THE SEASON.>>Adrian: MEWIS. DEBINHA, WHO PLAYED IN NORWAY AND CHINA BEFORE COMING INTO THE NWSL. DUNN LOOKING FOR McDONALD. JESS McDONALD, ACROSS TO DEBINHA. DEBINHA!>>Lori: ONE OF THE BEST LOOKS FOR NORTH CAROLINA IN THIS SECOND HALF. AGAIN, MAKING THAT RUN IN BEHIND. GOOD BALL INITIALLY FOR LYNN WILLIAMS. DEBINHA MAKING THAT FAR POST RUN.>>Adrian: THE CLOCK CONTINUING TO TICK. WAITING TO GET IN. SHE NEEDS A STOPPAGE TO GET IN. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT PAUL RILEY DOES TO GET HER ON. MAJRI HAS GOT A FREE KICK.>>Adrian: MAJRI, NOW HEGERBERG. IT’S BEEN A QUIET NIGHT, BUT THAT WAS CLEVER. OFFSIDE. LUCY BRONZE HAS THE BALL IN THE BACK OF THE NET, BUT IT’S ALL FOR NOTHING. HEGERBERG.>>Lori: HEGERBERG, YOU MENTIONED IT, SHE HAS BEEN QUIET. BUT WE KNOW WHAT SHE CAN DO. FORTUNATELY FOR NORTH CAROLINA, JUST PULLED OFFSIDE.>>Adrian: MAJRI. SHE’S HAD AN EXCELLENT DAY. PAUL RILEY WONDERING WHAT HIS TEAM HAVE UP THEIR SLEEVES THIS TIME.>>Lori: SHE’S BEEN FANTASTIC UP TOP. THE BEST PLAYER ACTUALLY. IN AND OUT, KEEPING GOOD POSSESSION. MAKING RUNS IN BEHIND, PICKING TIRELESS ND WORKING DEFENSIVELY, GETTING BACK WHEN NECESSARY, HELPING OUT WITH NUMBERS. THIS IS GOOD BY LYON RIGHT NOW, KEEPING POSSESSION WHEN THEY NEED TO. BREAKING THAT PRESSURE BY NORTH CAROLINA. NOT FORCING ANYTHING. KEEPING POSSESSION.>>Adrian: KENZIE MEEHAN GETTING HER FIRST TOUCH. NOW O’SULLIVAN. HINKLE DOWN THE LINE. THAT WAS COOLEY DONE FROM GREENWOOD.>>Lori: GOOD POSITIONING BY GREENWOOD. THAT’S ALL SHE COULD DO IS MAKE SURE IT DOESN’T GO OFF HER HAND AND PLAY IT BACK TO BOUHADDI.>>Adrian: HERE’S MEEHAN. NO MORE CHANGES FORTHCOMING FOR PAUL RILEY. IS SHE GOING TO GET AN OPPORTUNITY? THEY NEED IT IN A HURRY.>>Adrian: MATHIAS, MEWIS. THEY WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE HERE, THE COURAGE CROWD, THAN A GOAL. HEGERBERG. SHE WINS A FREE KICK HERE.>>Lori: TOUGH TACKLE THERE. AT THE SAME TIME, WELL DONE BY LYON. JUST PATIENCE ON THE BALL, NOT FORCING ANYTHING.>>Adrian: THREE MORE CHANGES TO COME FOR NORTH CAROLINA, AS HEATHER O’REILLY WILL COME OFF. SHE PLAYED A BIG PART IN THAT SEMIFINAL ON THURSDAY NIGHT. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Adrian: FINAL SECONDS OF THE 90 MINUTES. SHOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF STOPPAGE TIME ADDED ON FOR THE HYDRATION BREAK ALONE.>>Lori: WE SEE NORTH CAROLINA CAN PUSH THE PACE.>>Adrian: FIVE MINUTES IS WHAT THE COURAGE HAVE BEEN GIVEN.>>Lori: THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO FIND THE BACK OF THE NET. THEY’RE USED TO THIS TYPE OF PRESSURE, GETTING PLAYERS INTO THE BOX.>>Adrian: HINKLE. HEATHER O’REILLY. CRYSTAL DUNN ON THE RUN. AND A BIG LEAP TO WIN THE HEADER. ROCCARO AND O’REILLY. TIME IS SHORT. HER LAST SEASON OF PROFESSIONAL SOCCER. WHAT A CAREER IT’S BEEN, 17 YEARS AT THE ELITE LEVEL. DAHLKEMPER. GOOD LYON RESISTANCE STILL MAINTAINED. OEVENGS RILE . >>Adrian: DAHLKEMPER TRYING TO PLAY IT BACK TO O’REILLY. FREE KICK COMING THE COURAGE’S WAY. A CHANCE TO SEND ALL THE ARTILLERY FORWARD. DAHLKEMPER, RIGHT FOOTED SERVICE. WILLIAMS WENT UP TO MEET IT. LYON ABLE TO CLEAR THEIR LINES. ROCCARO ONLY HAD ONE OPTION. ON THE VERGE OF WINNING A NEW COMPETITION FOR THE FIRST TIME. LYON WENT DOWN TO DEFEAT A YEAR AGO IN MIAMI. ON VERGE OF WINNING HERE, UNLESS THE COURAGE CAN DO SOMETHING HERE.>>Lori: LYON REALLY HAVE SHOWN SOME MATURITY IN THE SECOND HALF AFTER GOING UP 1-0. MAKING SOME CHANGS TACTICALLY.>>Adrian: HINKLE IN, AND THEY WILL GET A FREE KICK. A LATE CHALLENGE ON HINKLE. SO THE DRAMA IS GOING TO GO RIGHT TO THE FINAL WHISTLE HERE. THE COURAGE WILL HAVE A LAST CHANCE. HINKLE HAS BEEN SO ACTIVE UP AND DOWN THAT LEFT HAND SIDE ALL NIGHT.>>Lori: DID A GOOD JOB TO GET IN HERE AND GET LOOKS.>>Adrian: IT’S NOW OR NEVER FOR CAROLINA. IT’S A FREE KICK AND IT IS NEAR THAT POST. THE CROSS NOW. JUST CANNOT CRACK THIS LYON DEFENSE, WHICH HAS BEEN RESOLUTE. FIVE MINUTES HAVE BEEN PLAYED. LABBE, UP AHEAD. AND BOUHADDI HAS IT. AND LYON HAVE THEIR HANDS ON THE PRIZE. THERE IT IS. FINAL WHISTLE, LYON HAS TURNED THE TABLES ON THE COURAGE.>>Lori: FANTASTIC GAME OVERALL IN THE SECOND. NORTH CAROLINA, UNDER PRESSURE MORE SO THAN IN THE FIRST HALF. AND THEN ABLE TO GET THAT BEAUTIFUL GOAL.>>Adrian: IT’S BEEN A REAL PRESSURE. THANKS FOR THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY, LORI. AND FOR YOU FOR BEING WITH US.

15 thoughts on “Lyon vs. Carolina Courage ⚽ Women’s Soccer

  1. i guess although NCC had more of their ace players for this match, compared to last year, most players on Lyon team went to play in the world cup in June, so they were not as rusty as they were last year, when they had longer off season break.

  2. Lyon should join the NWSL. With all the draft picks and trades , what will become of Lyon if it ever happens. I think in the NWSL you can't have all cake and toppings, someone's going to come by, ask for a bite and maybe ask for the recipe.

  3. This was my first experience watching a live, in-person pro soccer game. Great game. I was sad NC Courage didn't win. My daughter juggled during the half time <3 I was looking for the footage of that but I guess they don't show halftime shenanigans on tv 😉 Going to the game on Sept 14th! Would die to meet Alex Morgan!

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