Ryan shrugged off any criticism. “That’s not important to me at all,” he said. “From Day 1 I’ve just tried to make decisions that will help us win the next game.” Unbeaten in 51 straight games, the No. 1-ranked United States is seeking its third World Cup title, but Brazil figures to be its toughest test. A victory today (5 a.m. PDT, ESPN2) puts the U.S. squad into Sunday’s final against defending champion Germany in Shanghai. Solo, 25, has been excellent defending crosses and high balls, but Ryan wants Scurry for her scrambling. From news services Greg Ryan will be seen as a savvy strategist if it works. If it fails, he’ll be blamed for benching goalkeeper Hope Solo, who hasn’t yielded a goal in almost 300 minutes in the Women’s World Cup, and switching 24 hours before the match to veteran Briana Scurry for today’s semifinal against Brazil in Hangzhou, China. The U.S. coach surprised almost everyone on Wednesday, going with the 36-year-old Scurry because her quick reflexes could frustrate the tricky, fast-paced Brazilians led by strikers Marta and Cristiane. “The way the Brazilians play in terms of creating off the dribble in the penalty box and making a goalkeeper make reaction-type saves, I think Bri is the best goalkeeper in the world in those situations,” Ryan said. The move split opinions. Scurry is a longtime star. Her decisive penalty-kick save against China in the 1999 final in the Rose Bowl captivated the nation. But this switch could be disruptive to a young, close-knit group. The game is expected to be tight, although the United States has lost only once to Brazil in 22 games. Ryan broke the news to Solo on Tuesday, but she sensed what was coming. “The moment I got tapped on the shoulder saying I need to meet with you, I had a pit in my stomach and I knew what it was,” said Solo, who’s given up only two goals in four games. Germany advances Defending champion Germany broke a shutout record in defeating Norway, 3-0, in a semifinal match at Tianjin, China, and claimed a spot in the final. An own goal by Norway’s Trine Ronning just before halftime sent Germany on its way, and it dominated the second half, with goals by Kerstin Stegemann and Martina Mueller. Germany has gone 529 minutes without conceding a World Cup goal, dating to the 2003 tournament. That broke China’s record, which was 442 minutes in the 1999 and 2003 events. Manchester United upset Manchester United was eliminated from the English League Cup by lower-league Coventry. Man United, which lost at Old Trafford for the first time this season, wasn’t playing its top team, but still had six international players in its lineup. Michael Mifsud scored two goals to lead Coventry.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!