The agony came in the second half when White was already celebrating equalizing until the VAR determined she was just offside in the buildup.
While Wednesday morning's (AEST) semi-final did not go to spot-kicks, the penalty hoodoo was back - Steph Houghton hitting the ball straight at American custodian Alyssa Naeher, who had no problems holding it.
Afterwards, Neville said of the post-match huddle he had had with his players: "I didn't want to see tears". England - as well as the United States - obviously need to tidy up their backline but, importantly, I really want to see England convert their penalties. The courage they had to play football, to keep going and to battle was outstanding.
It was, in a sense, the highest form of flattery, to push his players to compete with an attacking style and convince them that not only could they win their first Women's World Cup, but they should win. "I'm proud the world finally got to see that. We've had the best 46 days of our lives".
A day after pitcher Tyler Skaggs suddenly passed away at the age of 27, his Los Angeles Angels teammates were tasked with taking the field for the first time without him, to play the Texas Rangers.
"I feel like I'll be ready for the final", Rapinoe told the Fox Sports broadcast after the game. I would never be able to do this in a lot of other places.
"But on Saturday in Nice we need to go out there and produce a performance - that's elite sport". No, they wanted to win.
"I feel like this team just has had so much thrown at us, and I felt that we didn't take the easy route to the final this tournament, and that's the tea", she said.
Houghton stopped what she was saying, and said the outburst was "ridiculous".
Rapinoe made headlines when an interview circulated showing her preemptively and profanely declining a visit to the White House after the World Cup.
In the first half, White's goal canceled the U.S.'s early lead through Christen Press, but birthday girl Morgan's header at half-hour mark again put the defending champions ahead. An incredibly emotional press conference played out after the game, with Mike Trout leading the way. "We had the goals early and we had to hold on", said Morgan, who is back in Lyon having had a spell with Europe's leading club side in 2017. England tied up the game less than ten minutes later. They have talked of legacy the whole way through this tournament, but there can be few more inspirational figures in the women's game than Houghton.
When Rapinoe sat out the warm-up shortly before the game started, it was obvious she had picked up an injury in the 2-1 quarterfinal win against France on Friday in Paris.