The United States qualified for its fifth World Cup final Tuesday, with a 2-1 victory over England in Lyon, France This is the third consecutive finals appearance for the Americans after facing Japan in back-to-back championships, falling in 2011 before winning the last World Cup in 2015 It’s the third straight match decided by a 2-1 score for the US this tournament, but the first one without Megan Rapinoe Here’s how they did it: 1. No Rapinoe, no problem The US continues to flaunt its impressive depth, this time by replacing offensive weapon Megan Rapinoe with Christen Press and getting the same results Sliding Press in at the front line with Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan was partly because Rapinoe was suffering from a hamstring injury, but also to contend with England’s star right back, Lucy Bronze But with Rapinoe netting the United States’ last four goals entering the matchup, there was concern for the American offense Press being the one to put the US on the board first perfectly fit the narrative of this team No matter what injury challenges they face, there’s someone else who will step up to the challenge Press not only contributed on the stat sheet but also on the defensive end. see also USWNT survives Rapinoe absence, nerve-wracking ending to reach final LYON, France — Alex Morgan celebrated her go-ahead goal with 2. A little bit of luck always helps The second half was England’s to win. They briefly knotted the game at 2-2 in the 67th minute with another goal from Ellen White, but it was taken away after it went to video review and the play was deemed offside The goal was early enough in the half it could have been serious trouble for the Americans 3. Team win This was a team win through and through. From up and down the field, off the bench and in the goalie box, everyone contributed Midfielder Rose Lavelle played a tremendous transition game until she was subbed out for Sam Mewis after going down in the US half holding her hamstring Mewis came in cold off the bench and continued the pace that Lavelle held. After Alyssa Naeher’s penalty shot save in the 87th minute, the United States’ dominance truly took over as the Americans controlled play There was no way the US was going to let her effort go without earning a win.