The United States is used to beating down on Canada, having gone 11 years without losing to their neighbors from up north and winning both of their matches against the Canucks this year by a combined score of 6-1, but those two matches were just friendlies. Now, the U.S. and Canada play for real, in a match that really matters. They are playing in the Olympic semifinals, with a spot at Wembley in the Gold Medal Match on the line.
Both the U.S. and Canada are going with fairly predictable lineups. Neither has made any drastic changes from their usual XI so it is familiarity vs. familiarity. These teams have played each other enough time. Both teams know what the other is going to do. There are no smoke and mirrors here, just 90 (maybe 120?) minutes for a spot at Wembley.
United States (4-4-2): Hope Solo; Amy LePeilbet, Christie Rampone, Rachel Buehler, Kelley O'Hara; Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Lauren Cheney, Tobin Heath; Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach.
Canada (4-3-3): Erin McLeod; Rhian Wilkinson, Carmelina Moscato, Lauren Sesselmann, Marie-Eve Nault; Desiree Scott, Diana Matheson, Sophie Schmidt; Christine Sinclair, Melissa Tancredi, Jonelle Filigno