Miss­ing pieces

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

The U. S. will be with­out two key mid­field­ers for Fri­day’s quar­ter­fi­nal with China af­ter Lau­ren Hol­i­day and Meg Rapi­noe drew their sec­ond yel­low cards of the tour­na­ment in the first half, earn­ing a one- game sus­pen­sion.

El­lis said Mor­gan Brian, who started ear­lier in the tour­na­ment, will likely re­place Hol­i­day. El­lis didn’t name a sub­sti­tute for Rapi­noe, the Amer­i­cans’ most cre­ative midfielder, but that job will likely go to Chris­ten Press.

“No mat­ter who they put on, I know they’re go­ing to step up,” Wam­bach said.

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