US uses same lineup against Japan that it used for Germany

US uses same lineup against Japan that it used for Germany

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The United States stuck with the lineup it used to defeat Germany in the semifinals for the title match on Sunday against Japan at the Women's World Cup.

The U.S. women started Alex Morgan up top as the lone forward, while Abby Wambach was listed as a substitute.

The Americans found success in the past two matches with allowing midfielder Carli Lloyd to roam up top, while keeping Morgan Brian deeper in more of a holding role. The alter helped re-energize an offense that has been stagnant at times during the tournament.

p>The game against Japan was a rematch of the final in Germany four years ago, which Japan won following a penalty shootout.

Source: “Associated Press”