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USWNT starting XI vs. Sweden: Julie Ertz benched for injury precaution

Julie Ertz is on the bench as a precaution because of a minor hip contusion.

United States' scorer Samantha Mewis, center, and her teammates celebrate their side's 4rth goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Thailand at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

LE HAVRE, France — The United States is back to its preferred starting lineup for the Sweden matchup that will close out the group stage of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup at 3 p.m. ET Thursday. Fox will broadcast the match.

Alex Morgan is captain and joins Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe back up top, leading a U.S. attack that is difficult to stop. Julie Ertz, a typical defensive starter, is on the bench as a precaution because of a minor hip contusion, according to U.S. Soccer. 

Becky Sauerbrunn and Abby Dahlkemper center a backline flanked by Crystal Dunn on the right and Kelley O’Hara on the left. Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis are in the midfield. 

This match will determine the winner of Group F. Both the United States and Sweden will advance to the round of 16 regardless since they will be the top two teams in the group, each beating Thailand and Chile in their opening matches. See a full match preview here.

Here is the full U.S. lineup:

Starting XI: Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher; defenders Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Abby Dahlkemper and Crystal Dunn; midfielders Samantha Mewis, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle; forwards Alex Morgan (c), Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe.

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

Sweden’s lineup:

Starting XI: Goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl; defenders Jonna Andersson, Linda Sembrant, Amanda Ilestedt and Nathalie Bjorn; midfielders Kosovare Asllani, Julia Zigiotti, Caroline Seger and Olivia Schough; forwards Sofia Jakobsson and Stina Blackstenius

Substitutes: Hanna Glas, Nilla Fischer, Magdalena Eriksson, Madelen Janogy, Lina Hurtig, Jennifer Falk, Julia Roddar, Fridolina Rolfo, Anna Anvegard, Mimmi Larsson, Zecira Musovic, Elin Rubensson.

See all of our World Cup coverage here.

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