Women's World Cup Viewing Parties Set For Throughout L.A. County


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Viewing parties for the telecasts of today's U.S.- Spain 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup round of 16 knockout phase game will be held at various locations in Los Angeles County.

Parties organized by various chapters of American Outlaws, a nationwide support group for the U.S. men's and women's national soccer teams, will be held at the following locations:

-- Legends Sports Bar, 5236 E. Second St., Long Beach;

-- Lucky Baldwin's Pub, 17 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

-- 1739 Public House, 1739 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; and

-- Underground Pub & Grill, 1332 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach.

Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy will host a watch party at Tom's Urban at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

The 9 a.m. game from Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims, France, will be televised in English by cable's FS1 and in Spanish by Telemundo.

The U.S. begins play in the knockout phase after setting records for goals, 18, and goal differential, plus-18, in group play, thanks mainly to a 13- 0 victory over Thailand June 11. The U.S. did not allow a goal in group play.

Spain was 1-1-1 in group play, finishing second in Group B because of a plus-1 goal differential. China was also 1-1-1, but allowed as many goals as it scored.

Spain defeated South Africa, 3-1, in its opener June 8, lost to Germany, 1-0, June 12, and tied China, 0-0, last Monday, in a game it led in shots, 24-1.

The U.S. is first in the rankings compiled by FIFA, soccer's international governing body. Spain is ranked 13th. It is playing in its second FIFA Women's World Cup. It finished 20th in 2015, failing to advance past the group stage.

The U.S. defeated Spain, 1-0, Jan. 22 in the only previous meetings between the teams with Christen Press scoring in the 54th minute. All but one of the 17 players who played for the U.S. that night are on the World Cup roster. All 15 who played for Spain are on its World Cup roster.

All 23 U.S. players play in the National Women's Soccer League. Spanish defender Celia Jimenez has a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Alabama and plays for the Tacoma, Washington-based NWSL team Reign FC, where she is a teammate of U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe and midfielder Allie Long.

All the other Spanish players play for Spanish club teams, except for defender Irene Paredes and midfielder Virginia Torrecilla who play for French teams.

Press was a teammate of Spanish forward Jennifer Hermoso with the Swedish club Tyreso FF in 2013.

The winner will advance to a quarterfinal game against France Friday, while the loser will be eliminated.

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