Get a Hartford Courant subscription for less than 29 cents per day

Sydney Leroux

Will U.S. women's World Cup coach mess with lineup success?

With the women’s World Cup at the semifinal stage, beginning with Tuesday’s USA-Germany match in Montreal, my thoughts are on offense.

The first one is what lineup U.S. coach Jill Ellis will send out against the Germans after her team turned a potential negative into a positive to beat China 1-0 in the quarterfinals.

Ellis had to revamp her team because accumulated yellow cards sidelined midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday, who each had started the first four games, with Holiday having played every minute.

The shuffle, which also included the benching of Abby Wambach for the first 86 minutes, led to Team USA’s best offensive...