Megan Rapinoe starts for USWNT in World Cup final
Megan Rapinoe has been named in the US Women’s team starting line-up for Sunday’s World Cup final against the Netherlands.
US star, who will captain the USWNT for the final, had missed Tuesday’s semifinal against England due to a hamstring injury. Rapinoe has scored 49 goals for the US team.
Rapinoe has scored five goals at France 2019 and will be playing in her third World Cup final.
Lieke Martens had also been an injury doubt with a toe injury for the Netherlands, but the Barcelona forward was included in the Dutch team to start.
French woman Stephanie Frappart is the referee for the final. She was first woman to referee a professional men’s game — in France’s Ligue 2 — before then taking charge of matches in Ligue 1.
USWNT: 1-Naeher; 5-O’Hara, 7-Dahlkemper, 4-Sauerbrunn, 19-Dunn; 8-Ertz, 3-Mewis, 16-Lavelle; 17-Heath, 13-AMorgan, 15-Rapinoe (c)
Subs: 2-Pugh, 6-Brian, 9-Horan, 10-Lloyd, 11-Krieger, 12-Davidson, 14-Sonnett, 18-Harris, 20-Long, 21-Franch, 22-McDonald, 23-Press
Netherlands: 1-Van Veenendaal; 2-Van Lunteren, 6-Dekker, 3-Van der Gragt, 20-Bloodworth; 14-Groenen, 10-Van de Donk, Spitse; 21- Beerensteyn, 9=Miedema, 11-Martens
Subs: 4-Van Dongen, 5-Van es, 7-Van de Sanden, 12-Pelova, 13-Jansen, 15-Kaagman, 16-Kop, 17-Jansen, 18-Kerkdijk, 19-Roord, 22-Van der Most, 23-Geurts