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“It’s a big problem for us,” Ghedin said. “It’s very important for us, and she cannot play. I tried to recover her, but it’s not possible.”

Italy still has Patrizia Panico, who scored 10 goals during European qualifying. The Azzurre went undefeated in winning their qualifying group only to lose to France in the playoffs to determine Europe’s first four qualifiers. (Germany automatically qualified as host.) It then beat Ukraine and Switzerland to earn the spot in the playoff against the U.S.

But the United States has won nine of its last 11 games against Italy and is 21-1-2 against European teams under Sundhage.

“We’re going out there to win,” Lloyd said. “We’ve got the same game plan we had the first game. We’re going to go at them, we’re going to create chances and we’re going to get the win. We’ve just got to all be on the same page, work hard and get the job done together.”