Christen Press Likely To Start U.S

Published: June 26, 2015

Christen Press Likely To Start U.S, The United States is still looking for its offense at the Women’s World Cup even though its stellar defense has it three wins from a title.

Despite glimpses of the formidable attack that the United States has been known for in the past, the Americans have just six goals in their four tournament matches. Top-ranked Germany has 19.

The search for offense is more complicated now that midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday won’t be available against China because of accumulated yellow cards.

Former Stanford star Christen Press will likely start for Rapinoe, who has been one of the most effective players in the tournament with two goals against Australia in the opener. Morgan Brian is expected to stand in for Holiday.

The second-ranked Americans play China on Friday in Ottawa in the first World Cup meeting between the teams since the 1999 final, which the U.S. won on penalty kicks. China, ranked No. 16, has five goals through four matches.

Players say they’re happy to be in the quarterfinals but don’t think they’ve shown their best yet. They’ve still won.

“At the end of the day, we all know we’re not playing our best football,” midfielder Carli Lloyd admitted, “and we’re still finding ways to win. I think that’s the history of this team is no matter if it’s good, bad, we still find a way to get it done.”

Former U.S. goalkeeper Briana Scurry has been predicting Press will be one of the U.S. breakout players this summer.

“There is going to be a point where she is going to get an opportunity, and this game might be it,” Scurry told this Bay Area News Group on Wednesday. “She is deadly accurate, uniquely so. She doesn’t need a whole lot of opportunity or space to make something matter. She just hasn’t had an opportunity in the position where she is strongest.”

Lloyd expressed optimism despite frustrations.

“I’ve got full confidence and faith in everyone that we’ll eventually find our rhythm,” she said. “We’re working, we’re grinding. The effort’s there. We just need to kind of put it all together on the field.”

Star striker Alex Morgan’s return to form may be just what the team needs moving forward.

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