Julie Ertz is once again the USWNT’s anchor

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Julie Ertz is back and looks to be in Olympic form.

The USWNT midfielder made her return to the squad’s starting lineup on Saturday after being sidelined for over two months with an MCL injury.

Ertz previously came on as a sub in the USWNT’s Wednesday loss against Sweden as the team tried to re-take control of the midfield. In the win over New Zealand, the USWNT veteran showed why she is so essential to the team’s success as both a defensive anchor and offensive facilitator.

Ertz recorded two stellar assists against New Zealand, helping Lindsey Horan and Christen Press to notch their first goals of the tournament.

The Chicago Red Star quieted any lingering questions around her health, putting in a 90-minute shift and making her presence known all over the pitch.

With Ertz fully back in the USWNT rotation, the midfielder looks to be more irreplaceable than ever. Her presence and form should give the team confidence heading into their all-important Tuesday match against Australia.