US without Ertz against Sweden because of hip contusion

LE HAVRE, France (AP) — Julie Ertz was not in the lineup for the U.S. national team’s match against Sweden on Thursday night because of a hip contusion.

The defensive midfielder started and scored her first World Cup goal in the team’s 3-0 victory over Chile on Sunday. U.S. Soccer did not reveal how or when she was injured.

Ertz also started in the team’s tournament-opening 13-0 victory over Thailand, falling back to the defensive line because center back Becky Sauerbrunn sat out with a minor injury.

Ertz was one of just four players who started in both U.S. games.

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Ertz played on the U.S. team that won the World Cup in Canada four years ago. She had a more defensive role on that team. She has since shifted to midfield as the U.S. seeks its fourth overall World Cup title.

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