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EDMONTON---The United States has
made it through to the quarterfinals
at the Women s World Cup but not
The Americans will have to face
China without two key contributors.
Midfielders Lauren Holiday and
Megan Rapinoe won t be able to play
because of accumulated yellow cards.
Both received their second yellows in
Monday night s 2-0 victory over
upstart Colombia in the round of 16.
It s a blow to the United States,
which has struggled to find its offense
during the tournament. Rapinoe has
been one of the most creative and
dangerous players for the Americans,
while Holiday has been steady and
"Obviously we ve got some deci-
sions to make but I think we ve invest-
ed in players significantly over the
past six months and we ve dealt with
injuries," coach Jill Ellis said. "So I feel
very confident in the players we have
to be able to come in and contribute.
And I know they re going to be con-
fident to be able to step up and help
Rapinoe said she felt her caution in
the 41st came as the result of a series
of calls. Holiday was carded in the
"I guess you could say I accumu-
lated all those fouls so that s worth
the yellow card. But (Holiday) got the
yellow card on her very first foul of
the game so I didn t think that was
that fair," Rapinoe said.
Ellis said after the game that Morgan
Brian is likely to take Holiday s spot
at center with Carli Lloyd. At 22, Brian
is the youngest player on the team.
Rapinoe suggested that Christen Press
would likely step into her spot.
The United States has won the
World Cup twice, but the team s last
title came in 1999. The second-ranked
Americans are among the favourites
in Canada, along with top-ranked
Germany and third-ranked France.
The US will play No 16 China on
Friday night in Ottawa. The winner
of that game will go on to face the
winner of the Friday quarterfinal
between Germany and France in Mon-
Abby Wambach, who missed a
penalty kick in the match against
Colombia, was asked after the match
whether the yellow cards for Rapinoe
and Holiday were deserved.
"I don t know," Wambach said.
"That s definitely a great question. I
don t know if they were yellows. It
seemed like she (the referee) was pur-
posefully giving those yellows to
maybe players that she knew were sit-
ting on yellows. I don t know if that
was just a psychological thing, who
knows. Who knows," Wambach said.
Those comments concerning French
referee Stephanie Frappart could merit
discipline by Fifa, soccer s international
governing body. Canadian striker
Christine Sinclair made comments
about the officiating following her
team s loss to the United States at the
London Olympics and she was later
suspended for four matches for
Fifa did not immediately respond
to an email seeking comment Tues-
The tournament s rules state that
players who receive two yellow cards
in two different matches before the
semifinals will be suspended for their
team s following game. Single yellow
cards are cancelled after the quarter-
finals to ensure that no players miss
the final because of a caution in the
Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd each
scored for the United States in the
match against No. 28 Colombia, which
had pulled off one of the biggest upsets
of World Cup with victory over France
in the group stage.
Wambach missed a penalty kick
early in the second half after Colombia
goalkeeper Catalina Perez was ejected
from the match for a foul on Morgan.
With Colombia a player short, Mor-
gan got a right-footed shot past Perez s
replacement, Stefany Castano, in the
53rd minute, and Lloyd scored on a
penalty kick in the 66th.
"This team is one of the deepest
teams that I ve ever seen or played
on," Holiday said. "I think that we
have so many players on the bench
that can fill in and do an excellent
Colombia's Angela Clavijo (13) stretches for the ball in front of
United States' Lauren Holiday during first half Fifa Women's World
Cup round of 16 soccer action in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,
Monday. AP PHOTO
Rapinoe, Holiday out for US in quarters
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