Valued commenter Trollhattan informed us of some potentially consequential changes in the lineup in an earlier thread:
Two big changes to US starting XI: Horan instead of Mewes and Press instead of Rapinoe. Horan isn’t a huge surprise (her yellow card is now cleared) but Press is. Pino injured, or is Ellis simply player-matching?
ETA Big changes for England, too: Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley is injured so Carly Telford comes in for only her second major tournament game, having played in the group game against Argentina. Rachel Daly is also in for Fran Kirby, while Beth Mead replaces Toni Duggan
I have no idea what this means, but I hope everyone is okay. May the best team win!
Speaking of our Pino, her girlfriend, WNBA star Sue Bird, wrote an essay for The Players’ Tribune:
What’s it like to have the literal President of the literal United States (of literal America) go Full Adolescent Boy on your girlfriend? Hmm. Well… it’s WEIRD. And I’d say I actually had a pretty standard reaction to it: which was to freak out a little…
I mean, some of it is kind of funny….. but like in a REALLY? REALLY? THIS GUY??? kind of way. Like, dude — there’s nothing better demanding your attention?? It would be ridiculous to the point of laughter, if it wasn’t so gross. (And if his legislations and policies weren’t ruining the lives of so many innocent people.) And then what’s legitimately scary, I guess, is like….. how it’s not just his tweets. Because now suddenly you’ve got all these MAGA peeps getting hostile in your mentions. And you’ve got all these crazy blogs writing terrible things about this person you care so much about. And now they’re doing takedowns of Megan on Fox News, and who knows whatever else. It’s like an out-of-body experience, really — that’s how I’d describe it. That’s how it was for me.
It’s like that for all of us, Sue. But I have to keep believing that some day we’ll have a president who is fit to receive sports ball club members again. Such meet-and-greets must be among the simplest duties a president performs, but the orange clown fails even at that.
Anyhoo, open thread for the fútbol and other topics.