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Jill Ellis Facing Criticism After Controversial Lineup Decision vs. France

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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Julie Ertz of USA Women Celebrates with Kelley O Hara of USA Women, Tobin Heath of USA Women, Crystal Dunn of USA Women, Alex Morgan of USA Women, Allie Long of USA Women, Megan Rapinoe of USA Women during the World Cup Women match between USA v Chile at the Parc des Princes on June 16, 2019 in Paris France (Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images)

The USWNT is less than two hours away from their biggest game in years as they take on France in the World Cup quarterfinals. But manager Jill Ellis made a big lineup change before the game that has a lot of people questioning her abilities as a coach.

Prior to the official lineup reveal, soccer insider Grant Wahl revealed that star midfielder Lindsey Horan is no. The move by Jill Ellis comes after a week of controversy that was highlighted in part by her in-game management in their 2-1 win over Spain.

The Yanks conceded on open play for the first time all tournament, but could not score on their own. Megan Rapinoe needed to convert two penalty kicks for the USWNT to advance.

Ellis was criticized for her tactics in the game as well as her stubborn decision to wait until late in the game to make substitutions. With the decision to bench Horan, many fans and pundits have declared that today's game against France may very well define Ellis' tenure as a coach. There are also suggestions that the USWNT will need to try and beat Les Bleues in spite of her.

The USWNT is still favored to win the game and advance to the semifinals, but France is the host nation and the No. 3 ranked team in the nation.

Horan came off the bench for the U.S. Women in the game against Spain - where the USWNT struggled mightily. Ellis certainly knows soccer a lot better than we do, but fans aren't happy with the decision.

Given the team's performance against Spain and Ellis' decision to roll with a similar lineup could prove costly.

The game will be played at 3:00 p.m. EST on FOX and Telemundo.