Ada Hegerberg, Lucy Bronze and Amandine Henry underlined Lyon's dominance of European football by monopolising UEFA's shortlist.
France's support at Parc des Princes was "like a tsunami" according to USWNT coach Jill Ellis, whose side triumphed 2-1 in Paris.
Megan Rapinoe admitted France's late goal left the USA "stressed" but praised her teammates' grit as they ran out 2-1 winners.
Megan Rapinoe's brace earned the United States a place in the Women's World Cup semis, with actor Zac Efron pledging to honour the star.
The United States will play England in the Women's World Cup semifinals after a dominant performance in their 2-1 win over France.
The United States will play England in the Women's World Cup semi-finals after a dominant performance in their 2-1 win over France.
The midfielder has been one of the most effective U.S. players during the tournament but will not get the start against France.
To compare, tickets for Thursday's quarterfinal match between England and Norway span from $28 to $170.
A number of flash points marred England's Women's World Cup win over Cameroon, while hosts France beat Brazil in extra time.
An extra-time strike from Amandine Henry settled France's Women's World Cup clash with Brazil in the hosts' favor Sunday.