US shuffles lineup again and Ertz out with injury
LE HAVRE, France (AP) — The United States was without defensive midfielder Julie Ertz because of a hip injury but the team returned to a lineup similar to the one it used in its Women’s World Cup opener for the final group match Thursday night against Sweden.
Ertz, a defensive midfielder, started and scored her first World Cup goal in the team’s 3-0 victory over Chile on Sunday. She also started in the team’s tournament-opening 13-0 victory over Thailand, falling back to the defensive line because center back Becky Sauerbrunn sat out with a minor injury.
Sauerbrunn was at center back for the second straight game alongside Dahlkemper, with Kelley O’Hara on the right and Crystal Dunn on the left.
Carli Lloyd, who started up front against Chile and scored two goals in the victory, returned to the bench. The 36-year-old Lloyd scored a hat trick in the 2015 World Cup final victory over Japan.
Sweden made seven changes from the lineup that played to a 5-1 victory over Thailand on Sunday.