U.S. Women's Soccer Makes Two Substitutions, Doesn't Solve Tactical Problems

So far, in their 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal matchup against France, the United States have suffered from an inherent tactical deficiency. Pia Sundhage has started with a 4-4-2 formation throughout her reign as the USWNT head coach, and most of the time, it works well. Today has been a different story, as the dreaded 4-2-3-1 vs. 4-4-2 matchup has reared its ugly head. A counter-attack goal has kept the USA alive, but make no mistake about it: They're getting outplayed.

Sundhage has made two substitutions, but incredibly, neither substitution was made to address the biggest problem that the United States is facing. That is an inherent numbers disadvantage in the center of midfield, where France has three players to the United States' two. This allows France to keep the ball rather easily and forces Shannon Boxx to chase the ball all over the pitch.

Lori Lindsey would have been a good addition to add numbers to the center of midfield, or perhaps Tobin Heath could play slightly out of position in the middle, but both these players remain on the bench at present. Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan have entered the game for Amy Rodriguez and Carli Lloyd, and neither has improved the team a whole lot. Morgan looks better than Rodriguez and Lauren Cheney is faring better in the center than Lloyd was, but the same problems still exist, and France is still in control of the game.

The United States needs Lori Lindsey. A lot.

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