US Swaps Goalies For Cup Game

On eve of semifinal, Solo out, Scurry in for the women's team
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2007 11:38 PM CDT
US Swaps Goalies For Cup Game
United States women's national soccer team goal keeper Briana Scurry talks to members of the media after a training session Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007 in Hangzhou, China. Scurry will be making her first start when the U.S. plays Brazil in a semifinal match in the FIFA 2007 Women's World Cup soccer tournament...   (Associated Press)

Brianna Scurry, not Hope Solo, will be in goal for the U.S. Women's team in today's semifinal World Cup match against Brazil.  The decision was announced yesterday by coach Greg Ryan, citing tactical concerns for his last minute switch.  To counter the Brazilian style of play "I think Bri is the best goalkeeper in the world," Ryan said.

The move is nonetheless surprising, given that Solo has been in goal for all of the earlier rounds of the tournament, and has been lights out following the opening 2-2 draw versus North Korea. She has been the team's No.1 keeper throughout their 51 match winning streak. (More US women's soccer stories.)

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