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Women's World Cup: U.S. team relies on depth as two sit out for yellows

Women's World Cup: U.S. team relies on depth as two sit out for yellows

U.S. Coach Jill Ellis loves to boast about her team's depth. And in Friday's Women's World Cup quarterfinal with China, that depth probably will determine whether the Americans go on in the tournament or go home. U.S. midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday will miss the match after each was handed a second yellow card in Monday's 2-0 win over Colombia. That will force the U.S. to call on its deep bench to replace them and could lead Ellis to ditch the 4-4-2 formation she's been wedded to, going with three midfielders and three forwards instead. Holiday has played every minute of the World Cup in central midfield, though she hasn't been the offensive...

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