The United States won't have many forwards to choose from when they play Brazil in the final of the Brasilia International Tournament on Sunday. Alex Morgan is still out with an injured ankle, Sydney Leroux is suspended after getting a red card last match and now Christen Press is going home after a death in the family.
With three forwards out, the U.S. is left with Abby Wambach and Amy Rodriguez up top. Wambach played more than an hour on Thursday, so asking for another long showing from her on Sunday may be a bit much. That means Rodriguez may get a look.
It will be good to see Rodriguez get a chance. She has played great in the NWSL and her constant movement is a good fit for the style the U.S. is trying to implement.
One of the problems for the U.S. has been their striker play. Wambach is clearly aging and may not be a realistic option as a starter by the World Cup, Morgan has been hurt and Leroux has been in dreadful form. Press has been good, but she's been pushed out wide more often than not. Maybe Rodriguez can make some headway and strengthen the position some?
It's unfortunate that the U.S. is in this position against Brazil. Nobody wants to see Morgan hurt, Leroux suspended and our thoughts are with Press and her family, but maybe Rodriguez can make something good of her opportunity.