Where’s the hype?

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June 21, 2019 - 4:05 PM

USA midfielder Megan Rapinoe (15) controls the ball during the game between the USA and Mexico at Red Bull Arena. RICH GRAESSLE/ICON SPORTSWIRE/ ZUMA PRESS/ TNS

PARIS (AP) — Where is that World Cup buzz, FIFA?

On days the United States plays, thousands of fans clad in red, white and blue have filled the boulevards, bistros and brasseries of Reims, Paris and Le Havre. The stadiums also have been packed for Les Bleues, who hope to follow Les Bleus’ triumph at last year’s men’s World Cup by lifting their own coupe du monde.

But strolling down the Champs-Elysees or Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honore, signage is scarce, that global gathering ambiance absent.

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