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July 27, 2012
Midfield switch for US on Saturday

By Michael Lewis Editor

Shannon Boxx won't play vs. Colombia on Saturday. Her status is day-to-day.
Shannon Boxx won't play vs. Colombia on Saturday. Her status is day-to-day.
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GLASGOW -- U.S. midfielder Shannon Boxx has been ruled out of the Americans' Olympic women's soccer game with Colombia on Saturday with a right quad injury.

Carli Lloyd, who came off the bench as Boxx's replacement in Wednesday’s tournament-opening win over France, will start instead, U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said during a team media briefing on Friday.

Boxx was "day-to-day," a team spokesman said. She was doing "pretty well." After Saturday's encounter, team trainers will make a determination for Tuesday's game against North Korea in Manchester, England.

"She is important to the team so that's why we don't want to jeopardize her," Sundhage said. "The tournament is long."

Sundhage was happy with the way Lloyd responded to coming off the bench in the 4-2 win over France on Wednesday.

"The way Carli played, especially coming off the bench, I was impressed with that," she said. "That's a very good way to . . . make a difference, score goals. She is ready."

Lloyd said that she is always ready for matches, whether it as a starter or a reserve.

"It's a bummer for Shannon," Lloyd said. "It's gut-wrenching. It's not something you want to wish upon anyone.

"I've had chats with Pia prior to the start of the start of the games. It's going to take all 18 of us. It's going to take me, Boxxy, Lauren Cheney. It's all about keeping us fresh and ready for the latter stages. Mentally, I was preparing to play that game.

"That's the most important thing. If you're not mentally ready to come off the bench, it can't go as well for you. I was both mentally and physically ready. I didn't think it was that soon. But I did have a sense after chatting with Pia that I would get in. I was ready for that chance and seized it."

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