LYON, France — The United States Women's National Team is through to its fifth World Cup final and third in a row.
Alex Morgan became the first player to score on a goal on her birthday, snapping a 1-1 tie in the 31st minute on a header, and U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher stopped a penalty off the foot of England's Stephanie Houghton in the 84th minute to seal it.
The U.S. will play the Netherlands-Sweden winner in Sunday's 11 a.m. (EST) final.
The Americans, playing without star midfielder Megan Rapinoe, struck first. Christen Press scored a header from the centre of the box to the top left corner, assisted by Kelley O'Hara in the 10th minute.
England answered in the 19th minute to make it 1-1. Ellen White scored her sixth of the tournament, hitting a right-footed shot to the top right corner, assisted by Beth Mead.
Rapinoe had scored two goals in each of the last two games for the United States and five for the tournament.
She did not participate in pregame warm-ups. U.S. Soccer did not give a reason for the change, but she reportedly was ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Press started on the wing in front with Morgan and Tobin Heath. Coach Jill Ellis did not change her backline of Crystal Dunn, Becky Sauerbrunn, Abby Dahlkemper and O'Hara.
Lindsey Horan started in the midfield after coming off the bench in Friday night's victory over France, along with Rose Lavelle and Julie Ertz. Alyssa Naeher started in goal for the United States.