Megan Rapinoe sits in USWNT’s stunning World Cup move
The United States will start the World Cup semifinal matchup with England on Tuesday without their purple-haired hero Megan Rapinoe.
USA coach Jill Ellis has inserted Christen Press in Rapinoe’s place, joining Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath on the front line.
Fox Sports reported at halftime that it was a hamstring injury that kept Rapinoe sidelined.
Press’ header in the 10th minute put the US ahead 1-0 and they took a 2-1 lead to halftime.
This is the second time this tournament Ellis has raised eyebrows with her lineup decisions. Ellis kept Lindsay Horan out for a majority of the USWNT’s quarterfinal win over France in favor of Sam Mewis.
Rapinoe has recorded the Americans’ past four goals — two goals against Spain in the Round of 16 and two goals against France in the quarterfinals — ensuring their advancement through the first two knockout stages of the tournament.
Alex Morgan and Rapinoe are tied with England’s Ellen White for the most goals in the tournament with five.
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