American football players Kelley O & Hara, Allie Long ask employers to give fans a day off before the game
The US national football team stars Kelley O & Hara and Allie Long may have to work Friday, but the two teammates hope to spare their fans of the same fate.
In the run-up to their crucial World Cup quarter-final against the host country, France, O & # 39; Hara and Long put their hand on social media and asked employers to give fans a day off to enjoy the game.
& # 39; In case you live under a rock, this Friday, June 28, is our World Cup quarter-final against France and it will be a big & # 39 ;, read the note that the two told on Instagram. & # 39; We kindly ask you to give every employee a day off so that they can eat a hearty lunch, prepare emotionally, switch off all their US gear, and prepare mentally for what will become an epic game. & # 39;
The note concluded: & # 39; They will be back on Monday. Can be. & # 39;
American women's football team players, Kelley O & H, and Allie Long wrote an open letter to employers asking them to give fans a day off so they can follow Friday's game with France. In the Instagram caption, the team's social media manager wrote: & # 39; we want you with the US tomorrow, whatever happens, so Kelley and Allie have written you a completely legitimate apology letter & # 39;
Kelley O & # 39; Hara (right) signed the note, & # 39; Worm & # 39 ;, the nickname given to her by teammate Alex Morgan. According to the team's website, the name originated because O & # 39; Hara & # 39; slim, fit and petite & # 39; and because & # 39; she also eats salads & # 39 ;.
O & # 39; Hara signed the note, & # 39; Worm & # 39 ;, which is the nickname given to her by teammate Alex Morgan. According to the team's website, the name originated because O & # 39; Hara & # 39; slim, fit and petite & # 39; and because & # 39; she also eats salads & # 39 ;.
In the Instagram caption, the team's social media manager wrote: & # 39; we want you with the US tomorrow, whatever happens, so Kelley and Allie have written you a completely legitimate apology letter. & # 39;
With a win on Friday, the US would go to England in the semi-final on Sunday.
After having previously won three World Cups, the Americans were the favorites to participate in the tournament and they all watched it. After their record-breaking 13-0 win over Thailand in the Group F opener – when they were widely criticized for the exuberant celebration of every goal – the American women continued to beat Chile and Sweden with a combined 5-0.
Two penalties from Captain Megan Rapinoe contributed to the US victory over the start of Spain in the round of 16.
As for the Friday game in Paris, the country is in the midst of a heat wave and temperatures are expected to rise in the 90s, although temperatures are rising at 9 p.m. local start of time should bring some cooling.
Kelley OHara (5) celebrates with fans in the stands against beating Chile in a group stage
Les Bleues (the French team's nickname), number 4 in the world, finished at the top of his group before overcoming a determined challenge from Brazil on Sunday evening to reach the quarterfinals.
France also reached the quarterfinals at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, but fell after a 1-1 draw to Germany on penalty & # 39; s. The team's best finish at the tournament was fourth in 2011 after losing 2-1 in the third place match against Sweden. France lost 3-1 in the semifinals to the Americans.
But France has seen its profile rise considerably in recent years, coinciding with the growth of its national professional league. Seven players on the French roster play for Lyon, which beat Barcelona 4-1 and won the Women's Champions League for the fourth consecutive year and the sixth time overall.
& # 39; From where we were four years ago and where France was four years ago, I think we both have much stronger teams. I think the game of women has grown enormously overall, & # 39; said the American star Megan Rapinoe. & # 39; I think it is up to each team to be the team that grows as fast as the game, keep up with it and even be the one driving the game forward. & # 39;
France is trying to become the first nation to hold world cup trophies for men and women at the same time. The men won in Russia last year.
Kelley Ohara makes a trip with Sofia Jakobsson from Sweden (L) during the group F competition
Megan Rapinoe apologized on Thursday for using foul language by saying she would not visit the White House if the United States won the Women's World Championship, but did not use the word & # 39; f *** ing & # 39 ;, the American captain doubled
The United States already has three World Cup trophies, most of all nations. The Americans emphatically defeated Japan 5-2 to win in Canada, highlighted by Carli Lloyd & # 39; s hat trick.
The Americans have played the French 23 times, with France only three. But the last three games have turned towards France, with two wins and a draw. The last meeting was friendly in January, when Kadidiatou Diani – who was not named after the French World Cup selection – scored twice in a 3-1 win.
& # 39; It is impossible to have any pressure. On the contrary. It is extra motivation for us. We stand up against the best team in the world. So the only pressure we have is to deliver a good performance, & Diacre said.
The game on Friday evening is not without controversy for the American team, which is often the center of attention.
Rapinoe was caught on video earlier this year with an expletive statement that she would not visit the White House if the team won the World Cup. It got the attention of President Donald Trump, who called her on social media.
On Thursday, the day before the competition, she said she was standing by her comments, except for the coarse language. She even suggested that the turmoil could help her team.
& # 39; I think that if there is anything, it will just let everyone ignite a little more, & # 39; she said.
Rapino, in solidarity with Rapinoe, reacted directly to Trump
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