The U.S. is going all in on Alex Morgan against Germany

MONTREAL – For the first time this World Cup, Jill Ellis has changed the formation of her lineup.

Sticking with a traditional 4-4-2, with four defenders, four midfielders and two forwards through five games, Ellis has decided to spice things up for the semifinal against Germany with a 4-5-1.

Alex Morgan will play the lone striker, with Carli Lloyd sitting in front of Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian in the central midfield. This change gives Lloyd more freedom than she had against China to roam and attack, playing even more forward than she did in the quarterfinal.

Asked Monday if she thought she’d be given an attacking role again, Lloyd appeared to be in a very good mood and said everything would be left up to the coaches.

“At the end of the day, Jill knows what’s best and she knows that I’ll do anything she and the coaching staff want,” Lloyd said. “Wherever I need to be for the team is best. Of course I would love to have the freedom to roam and do what I do best attacking-wise, but I definitely think it’ll be sorted out and we’ll be good to go.”

As an attacker last game, Lloyd scored the game-winning goal.

Coming off her suspension, Megan Rapinoe will resume her spot on the left flank while Tobin Heath plays on the right.

The back line will start as usual with Meghan Klingenberg, Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Johnston and Ali Krieger, anchored by Hope Solo.


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