Tuesday, June 23, 2015

You are next, China.

Yep, the USWNT did the business after halftime to shove aside Colombia on their way to the World Cup quarters. A rematch of the 1999 final with China will be played on Friday, with the winner heading to the final four.







- Greg Seltzer

9 comments:

Patrick said...

I love all World Cups, Men's, U20, Women, etc. As a US fan, watching the US as a favorite is such a change; especially now that the competition is better. I have to admit to not following the women as closely the past 4 years as in previous decades (man I'm getting old). But it seems that the same Lalas-Twellman American brand of neutral observer negative commentary applied to favorites with problems is becoming unbearable. The USWNT isnt pretty, maybe looking like a 90s Italy team. But the constant negativity makes watching the games grating.

Reading sites with real dedicated USWNT fans, it seems like the midfield problems are due to the current coach playing older past cycle stars past their prime. Now we know how it is to be a Spain or Brasil fan ha-ha. Very strange.

I think the coaching from the booth by Decicco is getting unseemly. When it takes a German on the panel to point out that only allowing 1 goal in four WC games is something to cheer, I just think the negativity has gone too far. Yes, Wambach is running the team for her own narcissistic reasons (the one thing nobody has the guts to say outright) and Ellis is maybe fourth in the decision tree and is completely right that losing with Abby and Carly will get her another job but losing with them "Donovan-ed" would kill her career.

BTW, the USMNT would kill for four such results. Actually, any Men's team would kill to start a WC 3-0-1 with a +5 GD and only having conceded once.

If we lose to Germany in the SF, so be it. But can we just enjoy the ride a little?

Patrick said...
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Patrick said...

I thought of a good example of the overly negative commentary that is ruining the fun of watching these games:

After saying for 47 minutes that the US attack was "too one dimensional" and solely consists of "crosses to the head of Wambach"; Morgan scores near post. But then Morgan is repeatedly castigated for not crossing it to Wambach! They are looking for reasons to criticize and it is turning US fans against the team.

Dany Tzvi said...

i didnt start counting until the 20th minute and i went to the bathroom around the 75th minute, but when i was watching, and i counted every time, we did not string together more than 6 passes ever. 6. our high score was 6. it's maddening to watch the extreme lack of patience. and one point whitehill in the booth said the US needed to be more creative. i disagree, i think they needed to be far less creative. turning and running upfield or playing a long, unlocking ball is only creative play if you ever do anything else.

turn away from the opponents. this is what i teach the u10s. it is not what has been taught to the WNT. they always want to go straight up the field, regardless of how many opponents are in the way. i still have not seen megan rapinoe pass the ball backwards a single time all tournament.

Patrick said...

I do agree that the US midfielders are not showing for passes and are very aggressive and direct. But if it only takes 5 passes to get the ball to a forward then that is enough. There are no style points, ask Arsenal fans.
Both penalties were the result of passes over the top.

The US was going to win that type of game 99% of the time. If they played more wide open maybe they could win 5-2 but invite Colombia to do what they can do, counter attack from midfield. Maybe more goals were possible but the loss is more like 25-50%. Colombia beat France after all. This is the World Cup, you take a 99% win every time over 50-50 with style.

The biggest cliche is true, play to your strength. This US teams strength is defense. Embrace it. Let's stop this rampant negativity!

Patrick said...

I do agree that the US midfielders are not showing for passes and are very aggressive and direct. But if it only takes 5 passes to get the ball to a forward then that is enough. There are no style points, ask Arsenal fans.
Both penalties were the result of passes over the top.

The US was going to win that type of game 99% of the time. If they played more wide open maybe they could win 5-2 but invite Colombia to do what they can do, counter attack from midfield. Maybe more goals were possible but the loss is more like 25-50%. Colombia beat France after all. This is the World Cup, you take a 99% win every time over 50-50 with style.

The biggest cliche is true, play to your strength. This US teams strength is defense. Embrace it. Let's stop this rampant negativity!

Patrick said...

I do agree that the US midfielders are not showing for passes and are very aggressive and direct. But if it only takes 5 passes to get the ball to a forward then that is enough. There are no style points, ask Arsenal fans.
Both penalties were the result of passes over the top.

The US was going to win that type of game 99% of the time. If they played more wide open maybe they could win 5-2 but invite Colombia to do what they can do, counter attack from midfield. Maybe more goals were possible but the loss is more like 25-50%. Colombia beat France after all. This is the World Cup, you take a 99% win every time over 50-50 with style.

The biggest cliche is true, play to your strength. This US teams strength is defense. Embrace it. Let's stop this rampant negativity!

JJO said...

Defense might be the strength of this team, but Krieger had an pretty terrible game last night, particularly in going forward and supporting the flank. And Johnston, who has been mostly solid, hoofed a bunch of ridiculous balls downfield to no one or crossfield straight out of bounds. Plus we've seen her get caught out by speedy forwards. I think the defensive solidity might be a mirage, although I rate Solo as the top keeper in the tournament. A savvy tactical team like either of the potential semifinal opponents is going to give our backline serious trouble.

Count me in the "we better get our attack squared away ASAP if we are going to have a chance" group.

Dany Tzvi said...

playing direct every time is good enough to beat colombia, who are literally an amateur team, because we can athletically dominate them. we kept possession by winning almost every 50-50, being bigger and faster. against a better team, that's not going to work out.