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Lavelle’s suspension leaves void for USWNT — and questions for Andonovski — vs. Sweden – Equalizer Soccer

Jenna Watson-USA TODAY Sports activities

Reporting from Melbourne, Australia

A wholesome Rose Lavelle was a part of, if not the first, reply to the United States ladies’s nationwide crew’s struggles through the group stage on the 2023 World Cup. Lavelle is wholesome sufficient to begin now, however she is not going to be out there for Sunday’s elimination recreation in opposition to Sweden within the Spherical of 16.

Lavelle is suspended for Sunday’s match after choosing up two cumulative yellow playing cards within the U.S.’ three group-stage video games. Now U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski should devise a plan to defeat Sweden with out his finest playmaker.

“Rose is a superb participant,” Andonovski mentioned. “She’s the most effective gamers on the earth and never having her is certainly going to vary a number of the methods we’re going to strategy the sport, or sure phases of the sport. However on the similar time, we’ve nice gamers on the roster which might be right here for a purpose, which might be right here for moments like this, which might be prepared and in a position to step in at any level and time.”

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