Alex Morgan tied a World Cup record by scoring five goals in the United States’ 13-0 tournament-opening win over Thailand.In the team’s second game, Morgan didn’t play a single minute. And she was fine with it.For head coach Jill Ellis, heavy squad rotation at this World Cup was all part of her grand plan. Against Chile, it worked. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “It’s been this big-picture plan for a few months now,” Ellis said after her team defeated Chile 3-0 in Paris, a game in which she made seven changes to her team from the Thailand match and still got the result needed to send the U.S. into the World Cup last 16.In addition to Morgan, the other two members of the USWNT’s deadly front trio, Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe, were also rested. So were starting midfielder Rose Lavelle and first-choice full-backs Kelley O’Hara and Crystal Dunn.Of course, Ellis’s plan was made possible by the deep bench full of world-class talent she has to call upon. When she started her reserves, it wasn’t as if she made Chile the favorite. Far from it. “The bench that we have is ridiculous,” Rapinoe said, “It’s by far the deepest that we’ve ever had.”Indeed, if the U.S. were to field a second-choice team at this World Cup, it would likely be a contender to lift the crown. What other country can bring the likes of two-time world player of the year Carli Lloyd – who scored twice against Chile – off the bench?“We knew going into this that it takes all 23 players,” Lloyd said. “It takes the entire roster to ultimately lift this trophy.”Remarkably, the U.S. has now used almost that entire roster in the first two games of the tournament. All 20 field players have seen the field, with only the team’s two backup goalkeepers yet to play.“This team has incredible depth and when [Ellis] chooses who goes on during a game and who starts, there’s no explanation needed,” Morgan said. “We trust in her and it was pretty incredible we were able to get all [20 field] players on the pitch in the first two games.”Morgan didn’t seem perturbed at all about being benched right after her incredible five-goal performance. It was a testament to how the entire team has bought into Ellis’s philosophy.Rather than ride the hot hand, Ellis’s thinking goes, the U.S. wants to create as many hot hands as possible by giving every player a chance at minutes.“Every single one of them has got butterflies out of the way,” Ellis said.“They know that trust is there and that’s a huge part for a coach to show that trust in terms of playing players in the biggest stage of their careers.”Naturally, not every coach has the same luxury as Ellis. Most teams at the World Cup must select their top-choice lineup every game.But the U.S. is different.“We know how deep we are, we know how competitive it is in training, how hard it is to get a spot on the field,” Christen Press said.Press joined Lloyd and Mallory Pugh in a remade front three that caused Chile plenty of problems and would have generated several more goals were it not for the heroics of Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler.That attacking trio might all return to the bench against Sweden in the team’s group-stage finale on Thursday. But Ellis has now given them all a start in the World Cup, and knows she’ll be able to call upon them and all their teammates should they be needed.“We need them in a good place,” Ellis said. “And if they can have minutes and the butterflies are kind of out of the way, I think it helps us down the line.”
DBT has signed a contract to supply a fourth automated plow longwall system to the Tiefa Coal Mining Group located in Liaoning Province, China. This will bring the total to nine automated plow systems sold into China since delivery of the first system, which commenced production in January 2001.The new package takes a further step in the application of DBT’s state of the art systems by using the PMC®–R roof support technology, the lowest version of the Gleithobel plow capable of operating to an extracted height as low as 800 mm and also the latest standard of AFC drive frames and sprockets. The package also includes significant upgrades to the second and third systems to increase their face lengths to 240 m each; same as the fourth system sold.A spokesperson from Tiefa at the contract signing ceremony held in Beijing stated that the DBT automated plow longwall system has been proven as the most productive, safe and efficient method of mining China’s thin coal seams, while also maximizing extraction. He added that now 26% of Tiefa’s thin seams reserves are mined using the DBT automated plow system and the company’s plans include extending this approach to all of its thin seam reserves. He added that the successful operation of the DBT plows had considerably extended the life of mines by allowing them to access and profitably mine reserves which otherwise would have been uneconomic.The success of the automated plow systems operating in China has sparked interest and sales of the systems in a number of other countries where thin seams with high quality coal are prevalent and the operators wish to eliminate the need for mining costly and unwanted rock in the run of mine product, DBT reports.In China DBT automated plow longwall faces hold all the production records for coal seams of 2 m and below.As normal, part of this latest system will be manufactured in DBT’s Chinese facility in Langfang, which also serves as customer service centre to support DBT longwalls in China.