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USWNT captain Megan Rapinoe wants the quarterfinal against France to be a 's–tshow circus' – AOL

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Megan Rapinoe scored both goals in the United States Women’s National Team’s win against Spain on Monday, and she’s already fired up about the team’s next matchup.

The US heads to the quarterfinals to face host country France in what could be one of the most anticipated matches in FIFA Women’s World Cup history. 

“This is the best game. This is what everybody wanted,” Rapinoe said about the upcoming showdown. “We’ve been traveling pretty deep in this World Cup. So I hope it’s just a total s—show circus. It’s going to be totally awesome.”

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The US and France are arguably the two strongest teams left in the tournament, which makes the matchup a great one for fans, but hurtful to the 2019 World Cup as a whole. 

Either the host team or the favorites will be going home due to a draw that ranked No. 1 US, No. 3 England, and No. 4 France on the same side of the bracket. 

The teams have brought the largest crowds to the World Cup stage this year, and the atmosphere at Parc des Princes is expected to be an incredible one, with the possibility of the matchup having been marked for months.

The teams last faced off in January in an exhibition in Le Havre, which ended the US’ 28-game unbeaten streak when France defeated them 3-1. 

Several of the US’ strongest players were rested in that match, including Rapinoe, and head coach Jill Ellis said she wasn’t worried after the game.

They are still the favorites to move on from the quarterfinals, but it won’t be without a challenge.

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United States’ Kelley O Hara leaps over Sweden’s Kosovare Asllani during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and the United States at Stade Océane, in Le Havre, France, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 16: Julie Ertz of USA #8 celebrates her goal with Mallory Pugh, Lindsey Horan, Morgan Brian during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group F match between USA and Chile at Parc des Princes stadium on June 16, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

LE HAVRE, FRANCE – JUNE 20: Lindsey Horan of the USA scores her team’s first goal the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group F match between Sweden and USA at Stade Oceane on June 20, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

United States’ Carli Lloyd, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring their side’s third goal during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Chile at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Chile goalkeeper Claudia Endler lunges for the ball to make a safe during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Chile at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. US won 3-0. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

United States’ Carli Lloyd celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Chile at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

United States’ Carli Lloyd, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Chile at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. Lloyd scored twice in US’ 3-0 victory. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

United States’ Megan Rapinoe, right, congratulates teammate Alex Morgan after scoring her fifth goal during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Thailand at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

United States’ Alex Morgan, centre, scores her team’s fifth goal during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Thailand at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

REIMS, FRANCE – JUNE 11: Mallory Pugh of USA shots to goal during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group F match between USA and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

REIMS, FRANCE – JUNE 11: Megan Rapinoe of United States of America celebrates with the supporters after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group F match between USA and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

REIMS, FRANCE – JUNE 11: Mallory Pugh of the USA celebrates after scoring her team’s eleventh goal during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group F match between USA and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by Cathrin Mueller – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

REIMS, FRANCE – JUNE 11: Final score on the scoreboard after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group F match between USA and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)




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Mark your calendar. The quarterfinal is set for Friday at 3 p.m., and you can bet fans are just as hyped for the matchup as Rapinoe.

“This is what everybody wants,” Rapinoe said. “And these are the biggest games that you kind of dream about as a kid.” 

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