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USWNT starting XI vs. Spain: Morgan, Ertz back as expected

Lindsey Horan, a typical starter, is not in the lineup due to a coach’s decision.

United States' Tobin Heath, right, celebrates with her teammates after their team's second goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and the United States at Stade Océane, in Le Havre, France, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

REIMS, France — The United States women’s national team plays Spain in the 2019 Women’s World Cup round of 16 Monday at noon ET. 

Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz are both starting again after resting minor injuries.

Morgan is up top with her usual partners, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath. Ertz is joined by Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle in the midfield. And Becky Sauerbrunn and Abby Dahlkemper center a back line flanked by Crystal Dunn and Kelley O’Hara. Rapinoe will be captain.

Lindsey Horan, a typical starter, is not in the lineup due to a coach’s decision, according to U.S. Soccer. She does have a yellow card, so that could have played a factor in the decision. Two yellow cards equal a red and a one-match suspension. U.S. coach Jill Ellis also said she’s been impressed with Mewis’ play during the tournament. Mewis scored two goals in the opening 13-0 victory over Thailand. 

Spain is a creative, young team that lost 1-0 to the United States in the countries’ first-ever matchup back in January. 

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United States starting XI: Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher; defenders Crystal Dunn, Becky Sauerbrunn, Abby Dahlkemper, Kelley O’Hara; midfielders Sam Mewis, Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle; forwards Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath.

Substitutes: Ashlyn Harris, Adrianna Franch, Mallory Pugh, Morgan Brian, Lindsey Horan, Carli Lloyd, Ali Krieger, Tierna Davidson, Emily Sonnett, Allie Long, Jessica McDonald, Christen Press. 

Spain starting XI: Goalkeeper Sandra Panos; defenders Marta Corredera, Irene Paredes, Maria Leon, Leila Ouahabi; midfielders Vicky Losada, Virginia Torrecilla, Patri Guijarro; forwards Lucia Garcia, Jennifer Hermoso, Alexia Putellas.

Substitutes: Dolores Gallardo, Celia Jimenez, Ivana Andres, Marta Torrejon, Mariona Caldentey, Silvia Meseguer, Aitana Bonmati, Amanda Sampedro, Andrea Pereira, Andrea Falcon, Nahikari Garcia, Maria Quinones.

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