The USWNT is playing a series of two friendly matches against Canada in the United States over the next few days, partially as a warm-up leading into the 2012 Summer Olympics and partially to give the team a celebratory run-out. After the 2011 Women's World Cup and their finals appearance, the team experienced a surge in popularity and demand to see the team has gone up significantly. As a result, Pia Sundhage has called in the exact team that went to the World Cup for these two games.
The alignment of the team looks slightly different than the World Cup games, however. It's no secret that the USWNT has to find an eventual replacement for Shannon Boxx, and this game is the first attempt at a solution to her eventual departure. Lauren Cheney is expected to play as an advanced central midfielder, while Carli Lloyd is expected to play deeper than she normally did when partnered with Boxx. Megan Rapinoe re-joins the starting lineup on the left wing. Here are the lineups.
United States lineup: Solo; Krieger, Buehler, Rampone, LePeilbet; O'Reilly, Cheney, Lloyd, Rapinoe; Rodriguez Wambach
Canada lineup: McLeod; Sesselman, Zurrer, Moscato, Wilkinson; Kyle, Matheson, Schmidt; Julien, Tancredi, Parker