These ways USWNT could improve its chances of staying in World Cup

The US women cannot start from zero in the World Cup even if FIFA allows it.

The US team will not have Mallory Swanson or Becky Sauerbrunn back at the World Cup.

The US now faces a round-of-16 game against Sweden on Sunday night.

For the US team to move forward, Julie Ertz and Crystal Dunn should be kept in the midfield, which will prove to be of great help.

No one else the USWNT could find matched Julie and Dunn's combination of smarts, speed and skill.

If Dunn moves to midfield, Emily Fox will have to shift to the left, which creates an opportunity for O'Hara.

The USWNT needs to show some aggression early against Sweden, which O'Hara can do.

Alyssa Thompson's speed and unpredictability could be particularly effective against Sweden.