July 17, 2011

Sundhage Makes Lineup Change for Final

Suprisingly, Pia Sundhage has elected to start Megan Rapinoe on the wing, moving Lauren Cheney to a more central position and has elected to start Amy Rodriguez on the bench. Rodriguez had started every previous match for the US in this World Cup.

Defensively, Sundhage has put Rachel Buehler back in her starter's role, after using Becky Sauerbrunn against France while Buehler was suspended.

Norio Sasaki has decided to stay with Nahomi Kawasumi in his starting lineup and keep Yuki Nagasato on the bench at the start. Other than that, Japan's lineup remains unchanged.