The USA takes on England in the World Cup semifinal game at 3 p.m. Eastern on Fox. The winner advances to the World Cup final and the USWNT would have a chance to win back-to-back titles if they can top England. Megan Rapinoe is not starting in a surprising move as Christen Press takes her spot at forward. Lindsey Horan is also back in the starting lineup in the midfield.
It will be interesting to see if Rapinoe gets an early call from the bench. SB Nation’s Kim McCauley suggests the move is made for defensive purposes.
“So You’re Wondering Why Megan Rapinoe Isn’t Starting For The USWNT: As good as Pinoe is, she doesn’t contribute a lot defensively. Christen Press is the fastest and fittest player on the USWNT. England RB Lucy Bronze has been the best player at this tournament. So, that’s why,” McCauley tweeted.
The major question heading into the match is if there will be any sort of a letdown for Team USA coming off their win against France. The host country was considered the co-favorite with the USWNT to win the World Cup.
England enters today’s matchup as a more than formidable opponent. England started the knockout round with a 3-0 victory over Cameroon then followed it up with another 3-0 win against Norway. Ellis is originally from England and reflected on her time in her home country heading into the match.
“Yeah, England is… I have a lot of fond memories,” Ellis told Yahoo Sports. “I was a Pompey [Portsmouth] lass — I can’t say I supported Pompey all the time. I was a Man United fan since I was seven. But yeah, a lot of fond memories, a lot of great people, spent many, many summers up in Edinburgh. So my whole British culture in growing up, still I think is with me for sure. And I’m very grateful for that.”
Alex Morgan Hopes to Celebrate Her 30th Birthday With a Trip to the World Cup Final
USWNT star Alex Morgan is celebrating her 30th birthday today and is hoping to spend the day advancing to another World Cup final. Morgan had a predictable response on Twitter about her priorities.
“Birthdays come every year. World Cup comes every 4 YEARS!! It’s aaaaaaall business today,” Morgan tweeted.
Here is a look at the USA’s starting lineup and roster heading into their matchup against England.
USA’s Starting Lineup vs. England
England’s Starting Lineup vs. USA
USWNT Roster for World Cup
|1||GK Alyssa Naeher|
|2||F Mallory Pugh|
|3||M Samantha Mewis|
|4||D Becky Sauerbrunn|
|5||D Kelley O’Hara|
|6||M Morgan Brian|
|7||D Abby Dahlkemper|
|8||M Julie Ertz|
|9||M Lindsey Horan|
|10||F Carli Lloyd|
|11||D Ali Krieger|
|12||D Tierna Davidson|
|13||F Alex Morgan|
|14||D Emily Sonnett|
|15||F Megan Rapinoe|
|16||M Rose Lavelle|
|17||F Tobin Heath|
|18||GK Ashlyn Harris|
|19||D Crystal Dunn|
|20||D Allie Long|
|21||GK Adrianna Franch|
|22||F Jessica McDonald|
|23||F Christen Press|