Netherlands and Canada cement second-round places, USA poised to join them

“Goals are hard to come by in our sport and I think the meaning behind those goals, the people behind those goals, you have got to celebrate that,” Jill Ellis, the US coach said on Saturday.

Another big victory could be in the offing against a Chile side ranked 39th in the world, five places below Thailand.

Chile lost their opening game, 2-0, to Sweden.

Ellis dismissed suggestions she might encourage her players to go easy in an attempt to avoid finishing top of their section, thereby delaying a possible encounter with hosts France.

“I struggle to tell my players not to tackle each other in training a day before a game,” she said.

Victory would mean the USA are qualified before meeting Sweden, their conquerors at the Rio Olympics, in the last match in the group.

Sweden meet the Thais in the afternoon in Nice.

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