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USWNT names Finals starting 11

Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:38 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2011 1:40 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

We speculated yesterday that after substitute Megan Rapinoe's heroics in the U.S.'s two elimination games and the continued struggles of starting forward Amy Rodriguez, head coach Pia Sundhage might promote Rapinoe to the starting lineup or drop Rodriguez to the subs' bench for today's Women's World Cup final.

As it turns out, Sundhage has elected to kill both of those birds with the same stone. Midfielder Lauren Cheney has been moved to striker, both opening up a position for Rapinoe on the wing and moving Rodriguez to the bench.

Cheney has plenty of experience at striker and proved her goalscoring chops in the semifinal against France, finishing cooly to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 9th minute. Her superior passing to Rodriguez's could also help what projects to be a substantial U.S. deficit in possession against the highly technical Japanese.

As expected, central defender Rachel Buehler has returned to the starting lineup after her red-card suspension against the French. Replacement Becky Sauerbrunn returns to the bench.

The full U.S. starting 11:

GK: Hope Solo

D (right to left): Aly Krieger, Rachel Buehler, Christie Rampone, Amy LePeilbet

M: Heather O'Reilly, Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe

F: Abby Wambach, Lauren Cheney

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 6:32 pm

USWNT names Finals starting 11

No.19 Ferris Buehler kicked the ball across the crease where Japan tied the game 1-1..why not kick it out of bounds!!!Too bad she wasn't suspended for this game too or the US could be celebrating

Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 5:27 pm

USWNT names Finals starting 11

I hate seeing girls choke. Some criticize women's sports, but girls seem to play with so much more heart. Their salaries aren't comparable, so they play the games for the love of the sports. It was a nice run... too bad they didn't show up to the shootout. The shootout should have been much more exciting.

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