Hope Solo blog: 2015 NWSL Championship

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Hope Solo, Seattle Reign FC (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Hope Solo, Seattle Reign FC (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Editor’s note: The following is an unedited, original piece of writing from Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo. FC Kansas City and Seattle Reign FC play in the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League Championship on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET, FS1) in Portland, Ore., in a rematch of last year’s championship, which Kansas City won, 2-1. The following words are Hope’s own. To read FC Kansas City midfielder Erika Tymrak’s blog, click here.

19 Reasons Why We’ll Win the NWSL Title
By Hope Solo

This is my third season playing in the NWSL and for the Seattle Reign FC. For the most part, it has been a great experience. Even during our first season, when we sat at the bottom of the charts, we had memorable moments together. It was that first season that started an incredible bond and it was that first season that helped us define the team we wanted to become.

Believe it or not, I knew even then — in that losing season — that we had something special in Seattle. Teresa and Bill Predmore set the stage for what would become a model franchise in many ways, and our coach, Laura Harvey, added her expertise to that vision. We continue to have laughs about our first season and joke about how it seemed like a lifetime ago.

Despite the losses that first season, we were developing our Seattle Reign style of play, and we remain true to that style today. Coach Harvey has always made us pass the ball with intent, and we have never resorted to playing scared despite the scoreline or standings. Even in those tough beginnings, we stayed true to what we wanted to become, and that commitment has helped us build a club that knows itself. That is always half the battle. Our motto is, “Be bold.”

We are a team of players who are bold and strong, and unapologetic in who we are.

Thursday’s game is a rematch of last year’s final. I’m happy we’re playing Kansas again, but that’s not what’s motivating me or any of my teammates. For us to take home the championship, it’s not about our opponent. It’s not about anything other than us, the 20 very different individuals who represent the Reign. If we play unapologetically and boldly, if we play Seattle Reign soccer, I am 100 percent confident that we can beat any team. I will take our mix of players over any other mix any day.

For that reason, I want to talk about our awesome and unique players. I want to share what makes each of them so special, and so amazing together.

Haley Kopmeyer is incredible in goal, a great teammate and an awesome athlete. She makes things look easy, which is the art of goalkeeping, and why so many efficient goalkeepers get overlooked. In America, we praise players who score goals or goalkeepers who turn goalkeeping into acrobatics. Goalkeeping is a fine art, not a circus act. Haley respects the position in a way many don’t. I learn from Haley’s efficiency, and she’s one of the best people and goalkeepers I’ve ever trained with.

Lou Barnes is one of my favorite center backs I’ve ever stepped on the field with and I’m so glad she got the recognition she deserved this year. She is the smoothest defender I’ve ever played with on the ball (she is left footed), and she’s fun to play with because all of us in the back like to pass the ball around. Playing with Lou and with our other center back, Rachel Corsie, allows me to enjoy soccer, to laugh, and to have fun within the intensity of a match. I owe them many thanks for bringing the joy of soccer back to me.

Rachel Corsie is solid, consistent, calm and someone you don’t want to mess with — the perfect qualities for a center back. She has my back, and knowing that makes me want to play that much better for her. It’s contagious, and it’s not something that can be coached. It’s either there or it isn’t, and our players are always there for one another.

Kendall Fletcher (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Kendall Fletcher (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Kendall Fletcher was an awesome center back last season. To see her evolve into an outside back has been inspiring. It is tough to play a position you’re so comfortable in and so great at, only to be moved out wide where everything changes — your footwork, your positioning and the amount of running. She took it like a trooper, and continues to elevate her game as an outside back. And don’t forget: our defenders score goals. Both Kendall and Rachel find themselves scoring. (Kendall has the better celebration with her patented flip and fist pump.)

I have played with Stephanie Cox for many years on the U.S. team. What I know about Steph is that she is a gamer — another calm, cool and collected defender who is incredibly gifted on the ball, and also very intelligent when it comes to organization. Without players comfortable on the ball, we would not be able to be the team we want to be: one who passes the ball around with confidence and ease. Her support off the field has always meant the world to me, and I want to win a championship with her, in part because of everything we’ve been through together.

Keelin Winters is the unsung hero on our team. She does all the little things right. She prides herself on these little things, and together, those amount to greatness. She can run endlessly, and she almost always connects her passes. Simplicity should never be overlooked, and the beauty in her game is her ability to make things look simple. That comes from her expertise, her experience, her maturity and her positioning. Keelin can always be counted on, and that is a solid trait for a captain!

Jess Fishlock is a BADASS. She is the type of player who other players hate to play against. She’s also the best teammate I’ve ever had. She is sophisticated, intelligent, skilled, and tough as hell. She prides herself on defense, which is hard to find in a midfielder of her caliber. Her intensity, and desire to win reverberates through everybody. She is a force to be reckoned with, and a player who I look up to. And wow, does she hate to lose!

Kim Little is the most talented player I have ever played with. Kim is great at everything — yes, including defense. Her ability to hold the ball is second to none. Her passing and vision and technical skill are what I believe to be the best in the world. We are lucky to have a player like Kim Little in this league, and I am honored to be able to say I have played with the best in the world.

Beverly Yanez (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Beverly Yanez (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Beverly Yanez is consistently good in every game. She does the unselfish running that allows for others to have space. She is a true team player, and she puts her heart and body on the line every single game. She makes us all smile and laugh, and has such a kind heart. Her love for the game shows with every touch she has. And when she scores, the entire team lights up along with her because we know she’s excited that WE as a team scored.

Megan Rapinoe — Pinoe, to all of us — is flashy and brilliant, and a game winner. She serves the best ball in the game, and she loves offense. She loves to create. She takes her time, or suddenly breaks towards goal. She’s unpredictable and brilliant, and that makes her impossible to defend against. You could study all the film in the world on Pinoe, and you still wouldn’t have a chance at slowing down her creativity. Her ideas are endless.

Merritt Mathias works her butt off every single game. Some forwards only feel great about themselves if they are scoring goals. What I admire and respect about Merritt is that she knows her role, and she embraces it. She doesn’t need goals for self -confidence. She knows that what she brings to this team by sheer work ethic and is irreplaceable. She does what she is told without complaint. She will sprint endlessly to pressure the ball, and make it easier for the players behind her to win the second or third ball. She is the player we were missing last year in the final.

Caroline Stanley is a young goalkeeper out of USC. She reminds me of myself when I was that age, always wanting to do more, to train more, and to work harder. I can’t wait to see her grow into herself. It’s fun to sit back and watch her mature. It makes for an incredible mix with the three of us.

Dani Foxhoven brings us all together. She stays after practice to work on shooting, and is always ready when her name is called to go into the game. She gives us exactly what we need as a sub, keeping her energy level high when we need to secure a win, or when we need a goal. She shows nothing but happiness no matter what, and that’s a quality I really admire. It’s a great example of the how I learn from the individuals on this team daily.

It was really hard to come back from the World Cup, and not have Elli Reed as our right back. I had built such a great relationship with her on the field. I really had become reliant on her in the box — she cleared the ball off the line at least three times that I can remember. What is awesome to see is just how versatile she really is. She can go in as a midfielder or as a forward, especially in games where we need a defensive presence higher up on the field. As sad as I was to see her gone from the right side, I have a newfound sense of excitement when she comes into the game.

Amber Brooks has incredible talent. She is another midfielder who stays calm, and has real talent on the ball. She is young, and will only continue to grow into a complete midfielder. She has all of the tools to have the perfect mix between talent and toughness (which is a rare thing).

(Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

(Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

I always have so much fun playing with Michelle Cruz, another young player with so much talent already, and even more potential. She plays center back when Rachel is on call with her national team, and when Cruzie slides in, it’s seamless. Playing center back is difficult as a sub because you don’t want change when it comes to defense. But she asks questions, and studies both Lou and Rachel so she can come in and keep the standard high, the line the same, and the shifting the same. It’s a mature thing for such a young player, and it is very selfless and helpful to all of us. I can’t wait to spend more time playing behind Cruzie.

Katrine Veje came to us all the way from Denmark. She is fast, and dynamic. She has an excellent outside shot, and always gets back on defense from the wide forward position. Her pace brings a whole different element to our team, and she’s unlike any player we’ve ever had. Katrine has been so fun to get to know, and I hope we made her experience here enjoyable.

Kiersten Dallstream went to Wazzu, but we’re still friends anyway. She’s another versatile player who comes in to run down opponents, and keep the high pressure on. Kiersten is harder on herself than any player I’ve ever played with — so much so that we all crack up at her sudden bursts of emotion — but the truth is that she has high expectations, and is committed to meeting them. She stays after everyday to work on the things she feels she needs, and that is a quality everyone looks up to.

Mariah Bullock preserves our wins. How would anybody like to have that kind of pressure? She comes in to help us close out games, in some of the most stressful situations, and she does it better than anyone I’ve ever seen. She wins airballs. She’s tough on both offensive and defensive set pieces. She connects passes and helps us get the ball out of the back and up the field. She blocks outside shots and marks players running in. (Whew! I’m stressed just writing about the expectations we have for her.) Without her, we wouldn’t be as dominant in the closing minutes of many games. And my favorite moment was when she came in, and scored that incredible goal against D.C. in the semifinal.

Of course, we wouldn’t be who we are without our fine assistant coaches. There’s Sam Laity — Thumbs Up Sam — who brings fun and enjoyment to every training, And there’s goalkeeper coach Ben Dragabon, who has single handedly kept me sane and focused through many ups and downs. He has always kept me motivated and on track to help me fulfill our team’s needs, and my personal goals, too.

So that is our team, and we are short of nothing. We’ve been the best team in the league two years in a row. As long as we all play our own individual style — whatever that style may be — and combine it into the way we play together, I believe we’ll be victorious Thursday at Providence Park.

Let it Reign!

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  • Guest

    Love the tribute to her teammates. Love the confidence to say that they’ll win. Love the acknowledgement of the team’s past. It’s classic Hope Solo and I wouldn’t change a word of it.

    • Ethan

      Agreed. However, regarding “Love the confidence to say that they’ll win”, Hope Solo’s confidence is conditional. Seattle may not play the way they want to. I certainly hope that they do though.

      • Guest

        I think it’s the same with a lot of pro athletes. I loved the twitter exchange between Keelin and Becky. Keelin’s posted about her niece predicting a Reign win and Becky replied “oh Keelin, disappointment at that age can be so long-lasting…” What a comeback!

        • Ethan

          A draw at the end of extra time and a Seattle PK shootout win will make an incorrect prediction not all that disappointing.

  • ladywing

    That’s our team, one for all and all for one.

  • FCKCEvans

    Interesting approaches, In Solo’s piece she gives well-deserved props to each individual player. And Tymrak’s post she pretty much says that KC doesn’t think of themselves as individuals but a team. I wonder which philosophy will prevail. Both very different but admirable approaches.

    Side Note…As a Kansas Citian I HATE when “Kansas City” is referred to as “Kansas.” KC’s borders stretch to both MISSOURI and KANSAS. A city and state are not the same thing. Just something to avoid if you ever visit the area….The airport, and home stadiums for Royals, Chiefs, and FCKC are all located in Missouri. Rant ended….

    • Guest

      I noticed the Kansas part too and was like ‘um pretty sure the city crosses two states’. I don’t know how the equalizer decided which players got to write blogs but I’m happy they picked people who have been with the teams since year 1. Gives a more well rounded perspective to see their evolution as clubs with diverse philosophies.

    • Nicole C.

      Do residents of KC, Kansas call themselves “Kansas Citians” or is the term reserved/assumed to be for the Missouri side?
      Just wondering. The farthest west I’ve been is Pittsburgh.

  • Guest

    My takeaway from this besides the clear love for the team is her comments about goalkeeping. I read an interview with her and she said the saves she’ll remember the most are the ones most will forget because they were more technically difficult but looked easy. Goalkeeping really is a misunderstood position.

    • Ethan

      Well, I remember the saves that were technically difficult/required very good reflexes and didn’t look easy (i.e. Ogimi in the 2012 Olympics final and Sinclair’s deflected shot in the 2012 2-1 friendly victory).

      I do agree though that goalkeeping is misunderstood at times. I would prefer a goalkeeper who has better positioning so that he or she doesn’t have to pull off flashy-looking saves as often.

      • asher45s

        are you kidding me? Hope Solo is the best GK in the history of the world.

        • Ethan

          I never actually state an opinion on Solo’s overall goalkeeping ability, and her save on Ogimi is my probably my all-time favorite save from a female goalkeeper. Just so you know though, I do think Solo has been the best international goalkeeper for a while now.

  • g

    If you had told me year one that Hope would write what is essentially a love letter to the team I would have laughed at you. It’s nice to see someone who was so leery of yet another league being formed, and wasn’t 100% on board, has done a complete 180. It’s been a pleasure to support this team since day one, even during 2013, and I look forward to tomorrow as well as next season. #IHWT

    • Guest

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ9f_I8-1-4

      Throwing it all the way back to Harvey and Hope’s post game interviews after their first ever franchise win. 2-1 at Boston. What a journey it has been.

      • g

        Her most recent interview with the Reign is quite a bit different.

        • Guest

          Is it really THAT different though? The seeds were planted in year one for the loyalty she feels now. I give credit to Laura Harvey for finding just what makes Hope tick but also to her teammates who even when they were losing, gave it their all and by extent made Hope buy in. I think she’ll always enjoy the challenge of NT level soccer but she’s all in for the Reign.

          2013 – “It’s not playing for the paycheck. It’s playing cause these athletes are working hard. I like our defenders…and it makes me want to win for them not for the people in the stands”

          2015 “It feels good to be home. With this club, this organization. I get to be with a great team…it allows me to play for the love of the game”

      • mockmook

        That’s the most relaxed and candid I can remember Hope being in an interview — wish we could see this Hope more often — she’s announcer material.

      • mockmook

        I wonder how A-Rod would have worked out under Harvey — would they have found this rapport that Hope and Harvey have — would A-Rod have meshed here like she does in KC — and, would her style of play have gone in a different direction.

        • guest

          A-Rod would have had to fit in or she would have been let go, just like any other player. I don’t know if she would have been as prolific in the Reign lineup as she is for FCKC, she seems to do better when she’s the tip of the attack rather than another piece of it.

        • Steglitz49

          ARod going to KC was a blessing for her and KC.

        • asher45s

          well you might have found out if the reign had not traded her just because she was pregnant what a dick move.

          • Miki

            She was simply traded. Her pregnancy has nothing to do with this. Maybe there were thoughts about if she could come back well- but certainly not directly because of that fact she was pregnant. She hadn’t even played with Seattle at all. And with her poor World Cup and Olympics, it wasn’t exactly a bad move at the time one could say.

  • Miami66

    Hope to see another exciting match. Good for the league!

  • Guest2

    So many “guests” on this page. I think the Reign and Spirit’s journeys from basement dwellers to playoff teams is nice. It gives me hope as a Breaker’s fan that we can get there too.

  • mockmook

    Wonder how her USWNT teammates will react to her calling Little the most talented player she has played with — will Alex, Carli, Brunn, and DUNN take this lying down…actually, I suspect they would agree with her.

    • Anotherguest

      imo she probably should have qualified it as most talented attacking midfielder. But Little has more technical ability that any uswnt player and they’d be fools to not admit that in their hearts.

      • guest

        Why would she have to qualify what is her personal opinion? Little is quite possibly one of the best current players in woso, that she doesn’t play for one of the major teams seems to be counting against her. She’s not falling into the easy trap of saying that her good friend Carli Lloyd is the best player in the world.

        • Anotherguest

          To spare her NT teammates feelings. It can’t be nice to hear/read that she feels Fishlock is her best teammate or Little is the best player in the world. Wouldn’t you see her name dropping all these players as threatening? If Hope had sway, she’d probably want call ups for half the Americans in the Reign squad. That must be uncomfortable for her nt teammates.

          • guest

            And I’d be more than ok with a good number of them getting call ups. They’ve prove over the last two years to be some of the best players the in the country and deserve to be rewarded for their effort. If having Hope name dropping them could have any effect on things I’d be more than ok with it.

          • asher45s

            why should they get callups?nobody on the reighn are better then the current USWNT roster.

          • One of a Kind

            It SHOULDN’T be uncomfortable though. In a perfect world where meritocracy reigns suprme, each and every person on the USWNT should be striving to ensure their spot is secure at all times through their play on the pitch rather than politicking their way to the role. Of course, we all know that’s not the case.

            Hope’s words shouldn’t be threatening in any way. If anything, it should be motivation to not only work harder on the pitch, but to try to form relationships with club teammates off of it. Hope lives in Seattle so it’s probably easily for her to mingle with her SRFC teammates than a Leroux that was essentially dumped in Rochester, but compare the sense of camaraderie between the good teams and bad teams in the league. It certainly seems to make a difference.

          • Steglitz49

            Hope may well be the player in the uS with the most international exposure, at least to good players. She played a season for Göteborg in Sweden and then for a while for Lyon in France. At Seattle she had Nahomi (Japan), Kim (Scot) and Jess (Welsh) not forgetting any Canadians and Mexicans in Seattle’s squad (which all teams have). That is quite a mixture.

        • asher45s

          in fact Carli is the best mid in the world what more does she have to do?

      • asher45s

        really more then Rapinoe or Tobin heath or in fact Morgan Brian? if you think little is better then them then your the fool.and Carli Lloyd is the best mid in the world attacking or otherwise.

        • RM27Fan

          I think Little is better right now than any of the players you named and is the best footballer in the NWSL. She would be a star at the international level if she played for a team like the US, Germany, Japan, England, or any of the top teams really(I think Fishlock would be too). I am a big Morgan Brian fan and I do think Morgan Brian has the potential to be a truly great player. But to this point she has not had the impact for her teams that Little has.

      • asher45s

        and fyi the NWSL is not the same level as international play.little has not performed as well for scotland.

        • Miki

          Again, Check. The. Stats. She HAS performed for Scotland. She has 44 goals in 108 appearances for them, and most recently scored a hat-trick in their opening Uero qualifying match. How many Scotland games have you actually watched, if any? And Heath or Brian better than her? That’s got to be the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while.

    • Steglitz49

      They would allow Hope a little leeway and hyperbole being secure in their achievements. I guess that leaves Dunn out. I blame JE and the veterans.

    • asher45s

      Hope has always been good at talking up other international players she once said Sinclair was the best forward in the world i dont think much of it.and Carli and Alex would not agree with litttle being the best mostly because its not true.Carli has scored more goals then any midfielder in the history of the USWNT.she scored all the goals for the USA in the past 2 gold medal matches in the olympics.6 goals in the WC including the fastest hat trick in the final.she won the golden ball and silver boot and she wil be the FIFA player of the year.as soon as little accomplishes a fraction of that you can compare her to Carli Lloyd.Rapinoe is a better mid then Little and so is Cheney and

      Morgan Brian as well

      • Miki

        Little has never gotten an opportunity at the biggest stage- simply because her national team side is not the strongest. No Euros, no Olympics, and no World Cup appearances for Scotland at all yet. They’ve never qualified for a major tournament. How can Little accomplish a fraction of what Lloyd’s done if she hasn’t gotten anywhere near the opportunities Lloyd has at the international stage?

        • asher45s

          She played in the 2012 Olympics for
          Great Britain so looks like you don’t have any idea get your facts straight also she has 1 goal in the past 2 NWSL playoffs seasons.Rapinoe has 3 and Amy Rodriguez has 6.they are both WORLD class players little is not.

          • Miki

            Yes…I know that. I was talking specifically about the actual nation she plays for, Scotland, not a one time exception for the Olympics. (And she was starting for GB after just turning 22, and had 2 assists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xufbb6W25yI) – Do you have something against Little?! I’m not sure what she’s done to upset anyone, but whether you like her or not, saying she’s not world class or among the world’s best is actually ridiculous. it’s simply ignorant that you cannot recognize Little, a player who won league MVP in her first season, and is widely regarded by players, coaches, and fans as the best player in the league, the best No.10 in the world, and possibly even the best player in the world at the minute. And you cannot compare these players solely by goals scored. That is not Little’s job. Her job is to set up others and CREATE because it’s what she’s best at. That is why she is a No.10. (Your USWNT bias is preeeety clearly showing.)

    • RM27Fan

      I don’t see why Hope’s teammates would be bent out of shape over her opinion. I am sure every player on the USWNT acknowledges what a special player Little is and some might even share her opinion. It probably does not hurt that I agree with her and think Little is the best player in the NWSL.

  • Cc W

    I really love this Hope since the WC win! It seems like she has become more comfortable and possibly finally grown up and figured things out. I love the way she wrote this. Here’s hoping the Reign can win it tomorrow!

  • One of a Kind

    Calm, articulate Hope Solo seems like an even stranger Hope Solo. I mean that in a good way and it seems like she’s tried to stray away from her previous badass-like brashness. I absolutely love these type of blogs and it’s pretty awesome that she highlighted literally every player on the team. I don’t necessarily want the Reign to win (I wouldn’t mind if they do because it’s well deserved), but that Hope Solo mixture of confidence/arrogance is still there when she titles the blog as nineteen reasons they’ll win the title. That’s what makes Hope, Hope!

    • Guest

      I call it Hope Solo 3.0. More mortal and vulnerable than she’s ever been but still confident and bold. She’s an odd one but she’s our odd one, so it’s alright then. I so want a Reign victory but I won’t be mad if FCKC takes it. I have such respect for Lauren Holiday and after a few days to process would be nothing but pleased for her if she takes home another championship.

      On that note, it’s a real shame that she’s retiring so early. I maintain that if she was used properly on the national team that she would have stayed longer.

      • One of a Kind

        Hope’s certainly an odd one, but she’s woso’s odd one. Rather have a character like her than someone that’s cookie-cutter to the core.

        In regards to Holiday, I feel the same.. I’m a huge Holiday fan and it’s a shame she’s retiring so early, but I (we) should’ve seen it all coming. Holiday’s a very charitable individual and her husband is making millions upon millions in the NBA. She’s done all one can do after winning the WC, so she really has no reason to keep playing besides personal enjoyment. She doesn’t need the money like some on the NT need to cling to their spots.

        I too wish we would’ve seen Holiday in the hole behind the forwwrds on the NT, but it is what it is. The NT isn’t exactly accommodating for its individual parts.

        • Steglitz49

          I contend that Holiday is doing precisely right. Like ARod, if she gets bored Lauren can always come back and play but, as you type, with a WC under her belt, what is left to win? Another WC or the Champions League, seeing that she has won the NWSL?

        • Guest

          Off topic but do you feel that the NT takes the most talented players it can find and shoe horns them into any position or does it have a system and finds the right players for it? Do you think Ellis is the best possible coach for the squad?

          Winning the WC is the pinnacle, so it’s not like they could possibly be more effective but I still think aren’t using our players as effectively as possible.

          • Steglitz49

            You have answered your own question. They won the WC.

            Granted, they could not have expected the final to be decided in the first 15 min or so but these wonky results happen from time to time, even in the men’s game.

            In the sense that WC-15 will not be remembered as a classic the way some of the other are, there may be your answer. The winner is always the winner, not least in the WC, but a bland WC takes the shine off, not least a strange final by modern WoSo standards.

          • Guest

            2011 despite us losing was actually my favorite women’s world cup. Everything felt really prestigious. The games were fantastic and the goals were beautiful. Of course the game has grown and the style has improved but Germany really felt like a great tournament.

          • Steglitz49

            Hear hear! It had everything and not just on the pitch.

          • mockmook

            I think the USWNT in 2011 was better than 2015 (except at finishing chances).

            In answer to (I think) your question: JE seems to shoehorn the best anywhere on the pitch — that works for some players, but she takes it too far — for example, she stuck with Carli and Lauren at CM (pseudo-DMs) far too long.

          • asher45s

            im sorry are you high right now? the USWNT is 10 times a better team now then in 2011.long ball and bad defense was the style in 2011 i mostly blame sundaghe.speaking of putting players in the wrong positions she benched Rapinoe and had Cheney playng outside mid.Morgan should have started every match with Abby up top.they got to the final in 2011 thanks to an amazing effort by the players and despite bad coaching.dont understand how you can say 2011 was better when the USA lost.and system Carli LLoyd had the best perfomance by any player in the history of the WC.

          • One of a Kind

            For sure. The USA has way too deep of a talent pool, which creates a case of just calling up the best prospects and converting some of them to a new position. It’s definitely a good problem to have unless one’s favorite player is on the short end of the stick. People are still clinging on to the hope that Alex Morgan, Christen Press, Sydney Leroux, and now Crystal Dunn can all play on the same team at the same time. However, those position changes can be crucial i.e. O’Hara randomly becoming a LB for London 2012 after AK tore her ACL.

            In regards to Ellis, I’ve never been impressed with her. The team turned things around right when the media was slowly starting to amp up the pressure. She won the WC though so I can’t really say much else (for now), but I’m intrigued to see how she’ll operate without the Old Guard. The team hasn’t really evolved yet despite winning the cup.

          • Guest

            Too much world class talent can be a blessing or a burden. I think in the case of the uswnt it has been both even within the past six months. We have so much attacking talent it seems a shame to not play for 4-3-3 but it worked so much better during the WC when Morgan was the lone striker.

            On that note about the old guard, I understand why people keeping piling on about Abby not leaving but there is no way she is not retiring. She doesn’t seem to have any motivation to play. I thought for the longest time that she was still playing cause she’s that fierce a competitor but now I think it was all about the WC. After she Rampone, Boxxy, and Chalupny leave, that’s over half of their generation. The only ones left are Hope, Becky, Carli, Pinoe, and Ali Krieger.

          • Steglitz49

            There is good reason not to play Krieger in the NT again. Why JE has, is beyond me.

  • john

    Wouldn’t it be more accurate to describe this (and Tymtak’s) as unedited by EQ? Like most celebrities it is highly likely that someone “helped” each of them. Given the tone of Solo’s I’ll say that help came from someone in the Seattle organization. It is no different than canned blogs and tweets.

    • Guest

      Because it’s impossible to believe Hope could string a sentence together, forget ones where she says something nice about 19 people? Whatever keeps your universe ordered, bro.

    • Guest

      Believe what you want but this seems very Solo like. References to goalkeeping as an art, constant emphasis on defense and loyalty,support off the field, keeping her stable. Well written but not canned.

    • Daniel Strick

      I would assume that they were picked because they are both already writers (bloggers) in their own right (write?). Tymrak; http://thehangryvagabond.com/
      Solo; http://hopesolo.com/blog/