While Zach Ertz has been preparing for the 2019-20 NFL season, Julie Ertz had been gearing up to defend her title in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which began on June 7 in Paris. Now that the U.S. Women’s National Team is in France for the World Cup, Zach is overseas as well, rooting the team on during his offseason.
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The United States and Julie did not make their debut in the tournament until June 11, but when they took the pitch against Thailand, they proved that they are eager to defend their title from four years ago, scoring 13 goals and setting numerous World Cup records. Alex Morgan tallied five goals, and the United States scored the most team goals in a single FIFA Women’s World Cup game.
A big win like that was sure to boost the confidence of the team moving forward in the tournament, as well as give them an edge in goal differential should they need it in the group stage.
“This is a world championship, so every team here has been fantastic to get to this point. And I think that to be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents. It’s a tournament where goal differential is important,” manager Jill Ellis said. “When you get a deluge of goals like that, it’s a good feeling. It builds confidence.”
In their second game, the U.S. looked solid again coming away with a 3-0 victory over Chile, and Julie scored her first career World Cup goal with her biggest fan watching in the stands.
The goal came in the 26th minute off of a header by Julie and a great feed from a corner kick by Tierna Davidson. Julie powered the ball past the keeper and gave the United States a 2-0 early in the match, and they never let up to earn another three points in Group F ahead of their matchup with Sweden on June 20.
Julie and her teammates were thrilled, and so was Zach who was watching his wife from the stands. And as you can see below, Zach was ecstatic to see Julie score and for the United States to pull off another convincing victory early in the tournament.
Zach Ertz was hyped to see Julie Ertz score her first World Cup goal ❤️
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Next up, the United States will face perhaps their toughest opponent in Group F to conclude the group stage as they take on Sweden. The United States has already qualified for the knockout stage, but this match will determine which side wins Group F. Sweden has been a pesky opponent for the United States over roughly the last five years, but the U.S. squad, led by Julie, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, will be eager for the challenge, needing at least a draw to secure the group based on goal differential.
The match is set for June 20 at 3:00 p.m. ET and will air on Fox.