The USA lost midfielders Megan Rapinoe
and Lauren Holiday
for Friday's quarterfinal against China when French referee
issued them yellow cards -- their second of the tournament -- in the first half of the 2-0 win over Colombia.
Asked about the situation, captain Abby Wambach
questioned whether Frappart took the previous cards into account.
"I don't know,"
Wambach told reporters. "That's definitely a great question. I don't know if they were yellows. It seemed like she was purposefully giving those yellows to, maybe, players that she knew were sitting
on yellows. I don't know if that was just a psychological thing, who knows? Who knows?"
Holiday and Rapinoe were the only players issued yellow cards for the USA despite its 22 fouls --
the most any team committed in the seven round-of-16 games to date, more than the combined of three other games and more than double the combined total of 10 fouls issued in Monday's other game,
England's 2-1 win over Norway.
Rapinoe told reporters
received her yellow card "for an accumulation of calls, all of which were questionable, I felt," but she added that Holiday "got her yellow on her very first foul of the game so I didn't think that
was fair." According to FIFA's account of the game, the foul was Holiday's third in the first 17 minutes.
Frappart's calls, in total, favored the USA more than Colombia, though. Two
penalty kicks to the USA -- the first missed by Wambach, the second converted by Carli Lloyd
-- and a red card to Colombia keeper Catalina Perez
changed the complexion of the game in the second half.
The suspensions will leave Rapinoe and Holiday out of the game against China, considered a much easier
game than a potential quarterfinal against France or Germany. They are the only players who have picked up yellow cards, so no players will miss the semifinals or final because of yellow-card
accumulation. Slates will be wiped clean after the quarterfinals.
Coach Jill Ellis
was not concerned with losing Holiday or Rapinoe.
"We have obviously got some decisions to make but we have invested in players significantly in the last six months," she said after the game. "We have dealt with injuries and so I feel very confident
in the players that we have to be able to come on and contribute and I know that they are going to be confident that they can step up and help us advance."