PARIS — The starting XI for the United States women’s national team’s second World Cup match is set, and the lineup has been heavily rotated for the noon ET kickoff against Chile at Parc des Princes.
U.S. coach Jill Ellis made seven changes to the lineup that defeated Thailand 13-0 in the opening match last week.
Mallory Pugh, Becky Sauerbrunn, Morgan Brian, Carli Lloyd, Ali Krieger, Tierna Davidson and Christen Press were added to the starting XI. Sam Mewis, Kelley O’Hara, Alex Morgan, Megan rapinoe, Rose Lavelle, Tobin Heath and Crystal Dunn all moved to the bench.
Lloyd is captain for the Sunday match. Julie Ertz remained in the lineup, but will play a different position at defensive mid.
Davidson, 20, is the youngest player to start a Women’s World Cup match for the U.S. since 1995, when Tiffany Roberts started against Norway on June 15 in Sweden. Davidson also is just the sixth player under 21 to ever start a Women’s World Cup game for the Americans.
FIFA announced an expected sellout at the nearly 48,000-seat stadium. Fox will broadcast the match.
Here is the full lineup:
Starting XI: Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher; defenders Becky Sauerbrunn, Abby Dahlkemper, Ali Krieger and Tierna Davidson; midfielders Morgan Brian, Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan; forwards Mallory Pugh, Carli Lloyd and Christen Press.
Substitutes: Ashley Harris, Adrianna Franch, Samantha Mewis, Kelley O’Hara, Alex Morgan, Emily Sonnett, Megan Rapinoe, Rose Lavelle, Tobin Heath, Crystal Dunn, Allie Long, Jessica McDonald.
Chile’s starting XI: Goalkeeper Christiane Endler; defenders Carla Guerrero, Francisca Lara, Su Helen Galaz, Javier Toro and Camila Saez; midfielders Claudia Soto, Karen Araya and Rosario Balmaceda; forwards Maria Jose Urrutia and Daniela Zamora.
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