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NatsFan wrote:
. . . To be fair, most of the US Women's Soccer Team are respectable and hard-working athletes . . .   
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I agree with the respectable part, but they certainly did not play as though they worked hard . . . though I recall one or two new players, whose names I cannot recall right now, who seemed to be playing at a higher level.  Perhaps the problem is the team's popularity (and, hence, TV viewership) rests on the known (and aging) players who arguably should see less playing time in favor of the younger players.  I am reminded of Herb Brooks, who got some push-back from the powers that be (such as they were back then) because he selected many less well-known players (at least in college hockey circles) when assembling his Olympic hockey team.



-- Edited by boomer on Friday 13th of January 2017 01:42:35 PM

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boomer wrote:
NatsFan wrote:
. . . To be fair, most of the US Women's Soccer Team are respectable and hard-working athletes . . .   
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I agree with the respectable part, but they certainly did not play as though they worked hard . . . though I recall one or two new players, whose names I cannot recall right now, who seemed to be playing at a higher level.  Perhaps the problem is the team's popularity (and, hence, TV viewership) rests on the known (and aging) players who arguably should see less playing time in favor of the younger players.  I am reminded of Herb Brooks, who got some push-back from the powers that be (such as they were back then) because he selected many less well-known players (at least in college hockey circles) when assembling his Olympic hockey team.



-- Edited by boomer on Friday 13th of January 2017 01:42:35 PM


 Well, there are several points to ponder when talking about the US Women's National Soccer Team's (USWNT) implosion at the Rio Olympics.

 

1. Yes, they were a bit (ocky and played with a sense of entitlement during the Olympics, and had the better team on paper against the Swedes. But...

2. Often times in a soccer tournament the inferior team will sit back and play a defensive game in the hopes of getting a tie and taking their chances in the shootout. Sweden did this and it paid off.

3. Pia Sundhage, the Swedish coach was the USA coach before Jill Ellis, so she knew her opponent well and was able to set up the best line-up to counter the US. 

4. The USWNT won every game of the Women's World Cup in 2015 except a 0-0 draw in the group stage (or preliminaries) against...you guessed it-Sweden. So the Swedes gutting out a draw and taking it to the penalty shoot-out wasn't a major surprise.

5. The USWNT had a huge target on their backs as World Cup winners, so most neutral fans in Rio were rooting hard for them to lose. Hope Solo didn't help the situation with her Twitter rants about Zika; if you remember every time she kicked the ball on a goal kick the crowd in Rio yelled "Ziiiiiiiikaaaaaaaaaaaa!!"

I'm not making excuses for their poor performance in Rio, they should have at least gotten a medal, but when you look at the circumstances it's understandable they lost.

That being said Jill Ellis has since brought in new blood to the USWNT and I expect them to still be a force in women's soccer for a long time to come.



-- Edited by NatsFan on Saturday 14th of January 2017 01:18:24 AM

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