Lets get this done ladies!!!
Lineup should be up any second. I expect the same starting XI as against England except to see Rapinoe back in place of Press. The key to this game will be to defend set pieces well. Netherlands is very dangerous on set pieces but I think they have trouble scoring on us in the run of play. And I don't think the Dutch can keep us from scoring a couple.
Well its out and I was close. Ellis is starting Mewis in place of Horan. Which is pretty close IMO. I would still have liked to seen Ellis move Ertz back to CB so she could start a midfield of Lavelle, Mewis, and Horan but this is ok as we have seen. Now the question is how fit is Rapinoe and how will Lavelle's hammy hold up. If Lavelle is strong she is going to pair with Rapinoe and Heath and cause all kinds of havoc in the middle of the field....and that means open space for Morgan to exploit.
Ive been staring at this lineup for a while now. Just doesn't feel right to me. I mean I thought we played much better last game with the subs than we have in the elimination bracket so far. I don't know that I would have gone back to the default lineup. Like you said, maybe it's just one move at midfield. Maybe it's Heath out for Press. I think deep down I'm more worried about how our D is going to stand up to the Dutch offense. I don't think we can afford those gaffs where Dunn gets beat and gives up a chance, then scrambles to get back in after they've missed or had something blocked. Gonna be a lot of pressure on Julie to get back there defensively.
I guess for me, I look at the changes they have been making in the final 10-15 min every game, it's always Heath out for someone, another change at MF. And Lloyd comes in. If you think that's your shut down lineup you use to cinch the win, why wouldn't you start with that?
Maybe I'm just overthinking it, but I guess we'll see.