Lauren Cheney shifted up-top for the US Women's National team in the Women's World Cup, and performed admirably throughout the first half. Unfortunately, Cheney also picked up a knock early, playing thorugh it over the first 45 minutes before succumbing to a swollen foot or ankle at halftime. Because of the injury, Cheney was forced to the bench as head coach Pia Sundhage made a halftime change, shifting the lineup and, perhaps, the tactics.
Alex Morgan is on for the USA, making an appearance earlier than normal in the Women's World Cup Finals. Typically, Sundhage has used Morgan as a late substitution, bringing her on to provide a life and some energy late in the game. With her hand forced by Cheney's injury, Sundhage opted for Morgan, choosing her over Amy Rodriguez.
Early in the second half, the USA and Japan remain tied at zero, though the US has put together multiple dangerous chances throughout. The lack of finishing, though, has been frustrating, with the USA hitting posts, the side netting and everything but the back of the net.