USWNT rolls past Costa Rica in final Rio tune-up

The Equalizer Staff July 22, 2016 422
Next stop: Rio. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Next stop: Rio. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Everything played out as expected on Friday night in the United States women’s national team’s final official exhibition match before the Rio 2016 Olympics. Crystal Dunn, Mallory Pugh, Carli Lloyd and Christen Press all scored to lift the U.S. past Costa Rica, 4-0 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.

The Americans now turn their attention to Brazil, where they are in search of unprecedented milestones. No team has ever won the Olympics the year after winning the World Cup, something the 2015 world champions are determined to change. And the U.S. women are looking to claim an unprecedented fourth straight Olympic gold medal and fifth in six Games to feature women’s soccer.

Friday’s match didn’t necessarily offer anything new, which U.S. fans can take in both a positive and a negative light. U.S. coach Jill Ellis’ lineup was nothing new or surprising, but it also lacked Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Morgan Brian as all three look to recover from injuries. Heath and Brian are dealing with nagging hamstring issues, while Rapinoe has since returning to full training strained her right calf. Heath and Brian played the final few minutes, but Rapinoe was withheld from the match altogether for precautionary reasons. She hasn’t played a competitive match since October after tearing her ACL on Dec. 4.

On Friday, Dunn opened the scoring in the 15th minute, tapping in a low cross from Meghan Klingenberg. Seven minutes later, Pugh finished a left-footed shot after an individual effort on the dribble.

Lloyd made it 3-0 just before halftime, finishing a feed from Becky Sauerbrunn, and Press added an insurance goal in the 79th minute.

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  • Ando91881

    Alex Morgan goes 63 minutes tonight against a tomato can and does not score a goal. This happens more often than people believe. Wonder what her overall scoring rate per 90 minutes would be if she was forced to play back more in the midfield sometimes like Christen Press is forced to do. Instead of always getting to start at center forward no matter what. Considering how many starts she has had at center forward against weak teams, Alex Morgan definitely should have 10 more career goals than she currently has.

    • Ethan

      “This happens more often than people believe.” I completely disagree with this statement. It’s pretty well known that Morgan doesn’t historically perform at her highest level when it comes to goal scoring against weaker teams, with the exception of Mexico. I think she may be the US striker (in all of USWNT history) whose goal stats are least “padded” by goals against “tomato cans”.

      Regardless, I’m not going to dispute the fact that Morgan probably should have had a goal today. However, she was instrumental in both the US’ first two goals (perfect pass for the first goal and a little bit of luck and great play from Pugh on the second).

      • AnotherGuest

        Morgan typically doesn’t score against “tomato cans” because they don’t usually leave space in behind for her to run into. Costa Rica did tonight and she just couldn’t capitalize. I see Pugh’s goal a much more of a solo goal(and abysmal keeping). After the lay off Pugh still had to complete a dribble to get into the open field. Her play to Klingenberg for Dunn’s goal was excellent though.

        • Ethan

          I see your point. However, I also don’t like it when people claim that Morgan’s just a speedster player who’s only effective when there’s space to run into, and they use your point to reinforce theirs. I simply don’t agree with that evaluation of Morgan’s play.

          No disagreements on Pugh’s goal. Morgan still did well to check back though, and she had the right idea on the link up play. Got a bit lucky though.

          • AnotherGuest

            I didn’t say only effective but using her speed in the open field is where she is, by far, the most effective. She’s underrated in the air and can connect well with teammates around goal but I would never confuse her for a poacher like Press for example. How many of Morgan’s goals this year have come in transition or set pieces. My guess is that it’s the majority. There’s nothing wrong with it though, it’s how she is productive.

          • Ethan

            I wasn’t talking about you; I was talking about various posters on this site and others.

            Fair enough. I just feel that it’s led some people at times to overlook Morgan’s footballing ability outside of her athletic gifts when they evaluate her play.

          • HOFCToDi

            Alex Morgan is one of the best headers on the USWNT.

            youtube.com/watch?v=njzY5-MdwmU

          • kernel_thai

            I really dont understand why Morgan gets criticized. Would she be a better player if she padded her goal totals against bad teams? Mittag put 4 on Ghana yesterday…does anyone think Neid wouldnt swap her in a heat beat for Morgan? Morgan has been no less than brilliant all year especially with her passing. And yes, Im very content having Morgan get goals in big spots like the two that leveled with Japan, the stoppage time goal against France and the goal that tied the match against Germany than a bunch of goals against weak teams after the match is decided.

          • Ethan

            Agreed although I do quite like Mittag’s play.

        • x

          I agree that Pugh’s goal had abysmal keeping, but it’s still important she was able to punish that poor decision. She’s been doing so much damage getting endline and sending the ball back across that some keeper was bound to take that risk eventually and see if she’d screw up the shot.

          • AnotherGuest

            I wasn’t criticizing Pugh’s decision to shoot and capitalize on the goalkeeping error. More pointing out that it’s not something the team should rely on. I still think the team is having trouble generating offense from possession. There were a couple moments of good build up play such as Brian and Heath’s combinations but all of the goals came in transition and a set piece.

          • kernel_thai

            On the Pugh goal Lloyd was open coming down the center of the box. If Im the CR GK and have been looking at video of Pugh, I think Im expecting her to pass it to lLoyd and cheat that way. Pugh made her pay for playing the percentages.

          • guest

            On the Pugh goal Lloyd was open – but in an offside position
            agree that GK is cheating over expecting cross to Lloyd and that Pugh placed the shot well

          • kernel_thai

            And it really tough for a GK to have a sense who is off side unless she is counting hands. Also GK who count on off side calls have short careers.

          • guest

            I think that Pugh did recognize that Lloyd was offside (and that GK had cheated over) so took the shot. If Lloyd run had been delayed (so she was onside) then Pugh might well have passed/crossed to Lloyd

          • JL

            That was my thought as well. And if Pugh actually saw Lloyd as offside and took the shot herself, that is great awareness from her to recognize her first option was off and just go for it.

      • anon

        I’m not going to crucify Morgan for this one… she has done enough this year. And she really is looking like a workhorse and a much more selfless player out there. I think she knows that with Dunn, Pugh and Press she bears less of the scoring burden

      • kernel_thai

        And there is more to this game than scoring goals. Morgan sprung Klingenberg for the first goal and likely got an assist on the Pugh’s goal (though a cheap one). Im a big believer in all things equaling out so for me Id much rather have Morgan save those goals for the Olympics than get a hat trick against CR. The positive is the team is creating lots of easy chances and the four they scored were finished inside the box instead of a long bombs.

    • guest

      i await the arrival of the rest of the morgan gang troll brigade. remember, alex morgan is DANGEROUS.

    • anon

      There’s no doubt in my mind that had Christen Press been given Alex Morgan’s time at forward that she would have an equal if not better scoring record. Their scoring rates are about the same despite Press being forced back in the midfield.

      • Ando91881

        In NWSL competition over the past two and a half years, where there are no tomato cans (other than the Boston Breakers this season), and the teams have quite a bit of parity, Ms. Press performs a little better than Ms. Morgan. Of course, Portland had Christine Sinclair to share some of the goal scoring with Ms. Morgan while she was there.

        But overall, Ms. Press has scored slightly more with CRS than Morgan has with Portland and Orlando.

  • Ethan

    Some thoughts:

    1) Lloyd was excellent in this match. A number of good through balls and clever touches, and she almost had a great assist with her cross to Horan.
    2) Great play from Horan, Morgan, and Klingenberg on Dunn’s goal, and Dunn was again at the right place at the right time.
    3) Dangerous wing play throughout the match from Dunn and Pugh. Favorite play by Pugh for me though was when she hustled to rob Cruz of the ball. Dunn’s best play was her smart move and great cross to set up Morgan for a close chance.
    4) Morgan’s combination play and movement and positioning were great, but the finishing touch wasn’t there. It’s great seeing her cutback more to create a scoring opportunity for herself though; I don’t remember seeing much of that from her over the previous couple years.
    5) Sauerbrunn can put in some quality deliveries from deep.
    6) Good to see Naeher get some game time even though she didn’t have much to do.
    7) I think the Costa Rican player who fouled Morgan on that one breakaway could have easily been sent off, but I don’t know the specifics of DOGSO when an offensive player isn’t yet in control of the ball.

    • HOFCToDi

      The USWNT allowed a shot attempt. Back to the drawing board.

      foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=27321&type=1

    • x

      1) So many through balls. All the through balls. Some pretty ones too.
      4) Speaking of through balls, yeah, Morgan had a great one to set up Kling’s assist of Dunn. Pause and let it sink in that Morgan and Kling were somehow in a position for Morgan to pass upfield to Kling. (I needed Alex to finish today, though).
      7) I think if the fouled attacker doesn’t have the ball it’s almost always going to be the yellow version, which is something like denial of advantage. Don’t remember if the ref did but I think yellow would’ve been appropriate given the rule.

      • Ethan

        4) True. However, Morgan has been dropping back a lot for the Pride and the USWNT, and Klingenberg does play like your modern full back. (Note: Morgan also did pretty well to set up Dunn early on. Granted, a goal there would have been more about Dunn’s finish.)
        7) Yeah, I figured. The ref did give a yellow.

      • kernel_thai

        Morgan used to come back for the ball and automatically look to push it back to a midfielder. Now she is looking for options to play it forward.

        • Cc W

          I’ve noticed that and I think it is because Alex is becoming a better overall player, She had a nice back heal that didn’t connect, but she’s becoming a more complete player and seems to be enjoying making plays too.

    • Cc W

      3) Dunn and KO had several nice give and go plays. While defense wasn’t really needed, it does seem like there is a plan – it seems like there is always 2 people hanging back when earlier it would be Becky and Hope. Now if Becky moves up, JJ and either KO or Kling – seemed like mostly KO stayed back.

    • Steglitz49

      In short, if the USWNT don’t win gold in Rio, it will be an upset on he scale of Japan becoming world champions in 2011.

      • MrTemecula

        Looking back at that Japanese team, it was a great team. Gold in the World Cup, and silver in the Olympic Games. I don’t think it was that big an upset. That 2011/12 US team had to struggle for wins which in turn produced great matches, e.g., beating Canada in the Olympic Games.

        I hate to say this Steg, but the biggest upset was Japan beating Germany in the World Cup. That German team was stacked with talent.

        • Steglitz49

          Without beating Germany, Japan would not have become world champions in 2011.

          (With a competent referee, Japan would have won the OG-12 gold.)

        • JL

          Germany also had a number of players who were past their prime in 2011.

    • Guest

      The wing play is still too heavily reliant on counter-attacking and open space for me to feel to confident. Costa Rica pushed their full backs too far forward and surprise surprise the US had Pugh, Dunn, Lloyd and Morgan running at isolated center halfs. I’m kind of surprised the scoreline wasn’t worse.

  • Cc W

    Mal freaking Pugh! This team is so much more dynamic than last year’s WC team. I realize it was CR, but it seems like they are on the same page. I liked Dunn and KO on the right – some chemistry developing.

    • Andrew

      They seem wildly inconsistent, but I agree tehy looked very good tonight. CRC was terrible…I just felt bad for them. Their goalkeeper got quite a workout… much respect

      • anonymous

        This is why benching Naeher and Harris for years to give Solo her records is so ridiiculous. Compared to Diaz last night, solo could have been sitting there in a lounge chair with a Mai Tai. True for so many of these ridiculously lopsided games. How many looks on goal do most of their opponents get, really?

      • Coast of Riches

        Their GKs are not bad, not bad at all. They could start in the NWSL. Why aren’t they?

        • JL

          There are only so many spots for keepers, and considering how many good keepers are already in the league, there’s just no room.

      • Cc W

        I really wish there was a way for teams like CR and Puerto Rico could get some of there players into the NWSL or development leagues or soemthing. There is some possible talent, but with so little support, tough for them to overcome. That they are punishing a player for speaking out to get paid? Sad.

    • kernel_thai

      Which brings up the question…what is the rush to get Pinoe back? If Pugh is a revelation, Heath is playing her best soccer in her career and Dunn has given u 10 goals why r u taking minutes away to bring back Rapinoe before she is 100%?

      • Cc W

        I agree – and it doesn’t sound like they will rush her back. Pinoe said she’s probably a 30 minute player. A lot of this really depends on the first 2 games – if US has locked up the group, you can rest a few players and maybe Pinoe is part of that. There is a lot of depth up top.

        • kernel_thai

          My concern is there r only three subs to use. Assuming Press and Dunn start on the bench Id rather use two of them getting proven goal scorers field time. That leaves one sub for anything else including getting Pinoe up to speed.

      • guest

        uswnt olympic bonus money. same reason leroux rushed back not 100% to the 2015 world cup.

      • With Rapinoe still out due to injury, I won’t be surprised if she doesn’t play more than 60 minutes all tournament. By the time she is healthy and back in shape, she will only be sub minutes towards the end anyway. Basically a wasted roster spot.

  • Jersey Shore Rises

    Awesome game by the USWNT before their Olympics start and great shout out to Carli Lloyd looking back in form from her WC games…. Love ya Carli…

    • HOFCToDi

      I agree with the second part.

      Headline should read “USWNT slogs past Costa Rica”.

    • HOFCToDi

      The “Press Gang Troll Brigade” are completely apoplectic. The minutes for Press will further decline once Rapinoe comes off the bench.

      USWNT
      2016 Calendar Year
      Games Started
      Lloyd -12
      Morgan – 12
      Heath – 11
      Dunn – 11
      Horan – 11
      Pugh – 10
      Brian – 9
      Long – 5
      Press – 5
      Mewis – 4

  • Paul Klee

    Carli looked very good some nifty touches, many nice through balls. Committed too many fouls called and uncalled could have been cautioned for persistent fouling. Looked better though than she has in a long time.

    How do you keep Pugh out of the starting XI? I know people won’t like this but I would sit Crystal or Tobin.

    • anon

      Dunn is going to sub. Press should be starting over Morgan during at least one game to see how she does. Morgan flubbed tonight.

      • washfan

        Depends on what you want – if you want to have someone likely to score a goal in a game in some way or some fashion it is going to be Dunn. Tobin helps possession, Pugh gets end line and likely assist but for some reason Dunn finds a way to score. Just can’t play all 3 at the same time.

        Also, the world wants to see the person that had 4 pages of coverage in the Sports Illustrated magazine

        • anon

          It’s interesting. If Tobin had been out longer, it’s very possible Dunn could have pulled on Tobin what Pugh did on Rapinoe and solidified a starter spot. Tobin is a better winger from what we’ve seen from Dunn though IMO

          • mockmook

            Not sure that Pugh has supplanted a healthy Pinoe yet, not in JE’s mind.

    • anon

      Carli Lloyd has been resting for months. She’s going to be a fatigued foul machine 2 games into OG.

      • Joseph V Steel

        We shall see. You negative comment is poison not truth. You know nothing, you just say anything you can negative about Lloyd because you are simply a hater. Along with the dopes who liked you comment.

        • Steglitz49

          It is a bit bizarre, to say the least, the invective thrown at Carli given her role in OG-08, -12 and WC-15.

          • rkmid71

            It doesn’t seem that bizarre to me. I honestly think a lot of it is self inflicted. It’s hard to root for someone that’s so consistently self centered, trashes teammates in the press, didn’t really play her position when she was in midfield in previous years, apparently insists on playing 90 minutes every game even against the likes of Haiti or similar teams (and take every PK in rout), for no apparent reason other than to rack up meaningless stats, and consistently tallies the most fouls not only on the team but amongst all the teams in almost every competition. And then playing for Houston shoots an insane amount with very poor accuracy and conversion %. And then this year, decides not to play in the NWSL when she surely could have 3-4 wks after her injury. That’s what I observe. So when she scores important goals like in OG08, OG12 and WC15, it doesn’t generate much enthusiasm or support.

    • Cc W

      It would seem really tough for Ellis not to start Pugh – she is dynamic! Especially against NZ – they will be physical, but might as well let her start and get the nerves out – if she has them – in a game like that. Who knows, maybe Tobin won’t be 100% and she’ll be coming off the bench.

  • HOFCToDi

    USWNT from calendar year 2011 to 2016

    2016 15 GP 52 GF 04 GA 3.47 GFA 0.27 GAA
    2015 26 GP 74 GF 12 GA 2.85 GFA 0.46 GAA
    2014 24 GP 79 GF 15 GA 3.29 GFA 0.63 GAA
    2013 16 GP 56 GF 11 GA 3.50 GFA 0.69 GAA
    2012 32 GP 120 GF 21 GA 3.75 GFA 0.66 GAA
    2011 20 GP 41 GF 17 GA 2.05 GFA 0.85 GAA

  • guest

    another uswnt game. another carli lloyd free kick shot not on goal. LLOYD’S BACK!!

    • Observed

      I was surprised the shot was not ten feet over the crossbar.

  • HOFCToDi

    youtube.com/watch?v=T4642j9bkS0

    twitter.com/MiaHamm/status/756664136814108672

    twitter.com/PCarrESPN/status/756688403333251072

    • Guest

      Just ignore Press’ great finish.

    • Observed

      How many goals did Press score?

  • anon

    Should pugh turn pro? I always look at Vanessa Atler as the cautionary tale. Turned pro, burned out, and it basically ruined her life. She has said many times how she wishes she could have gone to college and competed NCAA. Her comrade, Jamie Dantzscher, became UCLA’s most decorated gymnast.

    • Guest

      Gymnastics is a much more .. fickle spot than soccer. you basically have a span of 4-6 years to make a name for yourself. She was also given endorsements before she had won the big tournament. I do think she would have really enjoyed college gymnastics, it’s unfortunate

      • anon

        Mohini missed out on ’96, completed a full NCAA season, gianed confidence and had a lot of fireside chats with Miss Val, and ended up on an Oly team at 26.

    • Kevin

      Pugh should definitely go pro… if that’s what she wants to do of course.

      She’s not going to play this first year in college anyways and has the opportunity to play in Portland right now alongside many of her USWNT teammates.

      This risk of injury is probably the same in both college and the pros, so I really don’t see that as a determining factor.

      If she turns pro though, she’ll be able to focus 100% on soccer.

      • CED

        There may be a good chance Pugh turns pro. There is no real purpose for her to go to college soccer wise. Not turning pro in January when it was rumored is understandable b/c she had not proven herself. Since she has shown that she is a legit starter for the NT. Playing against weak competition in college, where she can dominate is not going to help her develop quicker than being in NT training and pro club training. Monetarily she would be Tier I allocated player via making OG roster. Not being pro for OG could cost her 400K just this year, not to mention sponsors would be immediately signing her to a multitude of endorsement deals.

        • Kevin

          100% agree with all of this.

      • newsouth

        the key here is pugh’s agent. she has to be sold to a nike competitor as the next morgan. strike a guaranteed six figure per year along term deal with Adidas or rbk if they can’t get nike. the problem is, the nt is tied into nike, so a competitor deal could have her on the bench vs full development in her teen years. i have to watch her more to say , is she a better teenage version of morgan, press or sydney? how would u compare her to an 18 yr old marta? can she be to soccer what serena is to tennis? if not, stay in school.

        • Kevin

          She’s light years ahead of Morgan, Press and Sydney at age 18. Hell, Press and Leroux are in their primes right now (ignoring the pregnancy) and I’d argue Pugh is already better than them.

          That doesn’t mean she’ll have a better career than any of them, but Nike/Adidas/etc sign these players at young ages to beat their competitors to the punch.

    • kernel_thai

      As I see it the only pro to going to UCLA on a soccer scholarship is it may prolong her career. If she has ten good years in her she can either have them 18-28 or 21-31. The cons r many. Playing in college will slow her development, will cost her a lot of money and does nothing to increase her value in the work place. And of course as soccer isnt a full time job here is nothing stopping her from turning pro and going to college at the same time.

      • #1Fan

        please explain why playing in College will stunt her development ?

        • Guest

          Perhaps “stunt development” is a bit of an exaggeration but I would have preferred her training with the Thorns or any top NWSL club this year. I don’t think there is anything wrong with going to college though

          • #1Fan

            i can make a strong case that she would play high quality competition and that training would be high level. UCLA have several top players on campus and good coaching. Salaries being what they are in NWSL, remove the allocated players and where is the quality ? Nutrition and facilities are probably better at UCLA as well.

          • Guest

            I’m not sure if you’re saying that there isn’t quality in the NWSL without the allocated players. If you are I don’t agree and that wouldn’t really matter much for Pugh anyway because she will only be playing in the league when the other allocated players are also playing in the league. Lots of the NWSL players attended good colleges too before they decided to go pro for a small salary. Other than Boston there haven’t been many blowouts in the NWSL this year. I never said UCLA didn’t have all of those other things but I have a hard time imagining Portland doesn’t have those things either and many of the NT players take things such as diet and additional training into their own hands anyway..

          • #1Fan

            im saying that the quality at the very top of College teams is very high. I also saying that NOT being on the best team ALL the time is great for development. I saying that there is a lot she can learn by playing in College. I bet that UCLA has FAR more money that the Portland thorns and far better facilities. According to Wiki a 3.5 BN endowment. I dont but the argument that turning pro is a no brainer UNLESS she want to be a pro soccer player NOW. Other than that, everything she can get financially is not going anywhere and UCLA could be a big part of her growing up as a person and a player

          • Don Juan

            It really has nothing to do with the NWSL and everything to do with the opportunity costs of not being able to get paid over the next couple of years for endorsements, NT stuff, etc

          • #1Fan

            And what is the opportunity cost of an education ?

    • x

      Aren’t female gymnasts ancient by 21 though? We’d be better off looking at any examples of women who have skipped college for the WNBA/Russia, but I don’t know if there are any.

  • Guest

    Hey HOFCToDi:

    Attendance tonight 12,635. Rather low number yet still higher than past 5 USMNT home friendlies

    • Riveter

      Thorns do better than that.

      • Should have played the game in Portland, it would have been a proper send-off match. Providence Park would sell out quickly.

    • Craigaroo

      Seriously, only 12,635 in KC for the send-off match? KC fans can’t be bothered to come out for Becky Sauerbrunn? I think we can give up on KC becoming a strong NWSL attendance city any time soon.

      • In KC’s defense, I am not leaving my air conditioned confines for a friendly against a tomato can whose game time heat index is over 100.

        • Craigaroo

          But when people are buying tickets they don’t know what the heat index is going to be. For the US team, usually people buy tickets weeks in advance. No, I’m afraid we can write off KC as a hotspot of women’s soccer and the city shouldn’t be given the honor of hosting the women’s national team for a long time to come.

          • x

            It’s the Midwest in July. They have a pretty good idea what the heat index is going to be.

      • Rdalford

        As recently as May 28, 2016 for the USMNT v Bolivia international friendly match, also played in KC, Attendance: 8,894

        So at least USWNT with 12635 had better attendance than USMNT

    • guest

      12,635 people wasting $100 on a tomato can game in which that team couldn’t even get a shot on goal. but that’s what happens when there are only ten good women’s national teams around the world and the rest are tomato cans. no matter how much better the uswnt gets, if the tomato can teams don’t improve the sport won’t grow comparable to the men’s side. but hopefully the fans got some good pictures to get facebook likes.

  • Guest

    I always laugh at how fickle EQ is. Morgan can’t capitalize! This team is so fantastic! The back line is so much better than the WC and much more dynamic! I mean.. duh. Did Costa Rica ever even get into the attacking third this game? I think I blinked and missed it. They are pretty much the definition of a tomato can. Of course KO looked amazing this game… she didn’t really have to do any defending. I’ll make my final opinion about the whole thing after OG is done… though I certainly expect them to win

    • anon

      where was rocky this game? They have some decent players. I’m surprised at how bad they looked. The back line really was like traffic cones.

      • mockmook

        No one ever got Rocky (playing Forward) the ball — they were pinned in.

  • anonymous

    I’m still so salty that GBR/ENG can’t go to OG. I always want to see the best teams possible. These easy wins are so boring to watch

    • sal

      ENG was very good defensively and in the midfield during Sheba, but the Taylor/Duggan combo was not very effective. They need some better offensive threats. Duggan is good eye candy though.

      • anonymous

        you know it’s bad when you rely on your fullback (bronze) to score goals.

        I know taylor wants to come back to the US, but can we get Bronze in the NWSL instead?

        • saghj

          taylor would only come back for portland and why would they want her back? There’s no need

          Bronze seems like a very proud Brit.. I don’t see her coming to the craptastic nwsl unless it’s Portland. I’m sure she read Hope’s post

          • MurderOnZidanesFloor

            Bronze did play in the US before at college level, although that was before the formation of the FA WSL. I’m not sure any players from Manchester City would be likely to leave with their club about to compete in its first Champions League competition.

          • kernel_thai

            i would also be tough getting NT players out of England with Euros next summer.

          • Steglitz49

            But then England is switching to a winter season, like France, Germany and Spain already play.

          • kernel_thai

            Which helps u get non NT players who r in the WSL but I would think NT players would want to be based in England until after Euro 17

          • anon

            I believed she left UNC after one or two seasons to go back to England

      • MurderOnZidanesFloor

        Taylor only played one game IIRC. Duggan was quite ineffective, she isn’t a true centre forward and generally performs much better cutting in off the left hand side.

    • CED

      Tell GBR to get their politics sorted. There is no “England” in the Olympics in any sport. Scotland, Wales, England, N. Ireland compete as Great Britain. They can solve this by having them all compete independently in everything in the Olympics, like they do in international soccer events or they all have to agree to a united GBR team in soccer. Of course that would never happen to compete as 1 soccer team b/c of politics and it makes zero sense b/c they don’t do it for any other soccer tourney

      • guest

        that might get sorted out if scotland does another vote for scottish independence.

    • MurderOnZidanesFloor

      Would have been a strong side and could have definitely have been in the running for a medal. It really does suck that we won’t see a side along these lines…

      GK: Bardsley, Chamberlain
      DEF: Bronze, A. Scott, Houghton, Stoney, Greenwood, Stokes
      MID: Nobbs, Williams, J. Scott, Little, Fishlock
      FWD: Carney, Duggan, Ross, Davison, Taylor

    • guest

      true. especially when there are only like ten good national teams in womens soccer. leaving one out has a bigger effect than on the men’s side.

  • Reality

    I’m not sure how much fine tuning can be accomplished against such a weak opponent. We have thrashed CRC three times already in the past year by scores of 8-0,7-2 and 5-0. Lloyd did demonstrate she could hang in there for 90″, but I don’t think that this is a good thing if it means that will be standard practice for the OG. I suppose the best that can be said is that it helped our confidence and sent us off on a high note.

    • NYRick

      Here’s an easy prediction for MINUTES at the OG with our front 6 players: Carli is never leaving the pitch in any of the games all the way to the finals (if they get there). Put that is concrete.

      With that, Press will be misused again at this major tournament. I think CP will get a good chunk of minutes in the Colombia match (maybe even start, but I doubt that). She won’t see a minute against NZ or France because: Ellis will NEVER remove Morgan or Lloyd for a minute, and Dunn is the first flank sub in off the bench. In the knockout rounds, Ellis gets even more over cautious. She just doesn’t have confidence in her and she is married to Lloyd and Morgan too for the duration of her tenure. It’s disappointing.

      • Reality

        Your scenario is a likely one given that there are no deviations precipitated by injury or poor results with the starting lineup. I still have concerns about the coordination and coherence of the mid-field against the top flight teams. If they cannot move the ball forward, we will be forced into the limited direct over the top game. This OG will be a test of to what degree we have progressed in diversifying our offense.

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen Press has firmly cemented her legacy with the Senior USWNT:

          garbage time
          prima donna
          selfish shot hog
          tomato cans

          Keep up with current events.

          Christen Press
          USWNT
          2016 Calendar Year
          MEX, TRI, CAN, ENG, FRA, GER, JPN, JPN, RSA
          Goals 0, Assists 0

      • kernel_thai

        BUT….how do u play Rapinoe into the tournament except by giving her Dunn’s minutes off the bench? This great Rapinoe experiment is going to take minutes away from Dunn and Press and that’s not only a real shame but but pretty wishful coaching on Ellis’ part.

        • Steglitz49

          Pinoe may not play at all, like Engen in 2015.

        • Reality

          Lloyd will also be taking minutes away from Press in the “withdrawn forward” role.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press has firmly cemented her legacy with the Senior USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

    • kernel_thai

      So my question is why press? Wouldnt this have been a much more constructive tune up if they allowed CR to play? If they had actually had to defend? If they had to try and create goals without the advantage of pressure. And do they actually gain anything from practicing a press against a team that cant handle it?

      • Reality

        An intriguing question. I wonder, given the culture of the team, whether they would be capable of such discipline against such a clearly inferior opponent. Their natural instinct is to run over CRC offensively. This also fits in with Ellis’s coaching philosophy. I think this particular match was just an opportunity to keep the team in the public eye prior to the OG and in effect give them a bon voyage gift of a game.

    • HOFCToDi

      CP12 has firmly cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

      garbage time
      prima donna
      selfish shot hog
      tomato cans

      Keep up with current events.

      Christen Press
      International Women’s Friendly
      9 Jul 2016
      USA 1 RSA 0
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 0

      foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26928

      Christen Press
      International Women’s Friendly
      5 Jun 2016
      USA 2 JPN 0
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 1

      foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26862

      Christen Press
      International Women’s Friendly
      2 Jun 2016
      USA 3 JPN 3
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 0

      foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26754

  • Guest

    Carli was unable to contain her b*tchface when Pugh scored. Yep – she’s on your heels Carli… your time is coming to an end. Foudy also noticeably silent when any other commenter talks about Hope. The ’99ers really hate her don’t they. LOL.

    • anon

      Wasn’t Foudy the subject of one of Hope’s hilarious twitter rants? I love those. I think it was something about her choosing Scurry as the greatest American goalkeeper.

      • Anon

        Can foudy shut up about the “mighty Stanford Cardinal”. We know you went to Stanford. Same with press and Kelley. You don’t need to mention it every time the camera is on them

        • NYRick

          With KO yes, but not so much with Press. I don’t think Press was someone that Foudy particularly ever lauds, even with the Stanford pedigree. It’s strange. But if she over did it with Press, it steps on the toes of Alex and Carli, and Foudy is extremely political at all times with her commentary.

          • guest

            foudy loves her softball comments. wants everyone to like her.

      • x

        Yeah, when they named a USWNT All-Time Best XI they had old players vote on it. Of course all the 99ers (and Foudy might’ve published her ballot, being an ESPNer and all) picked Scurry and of course Solo flipped out on Twitter about it. Pretty sure it contained the phrase “ponytail posse” and an exhortation to remember that the 90s were over.

    • Cc W

      Both Foudy and Markgraf – they can’t say anything nice about Hope. It cracks me up that now Hope has surpassed every record and they will likely stand for a long time. And while Hope didn’t handle it correctly back then – she was right, she had been the best keeper and played all the games – she should have started against Brazil not Scurry.

      • Joseph V Steel

        Hope is right about a lot of things, it is what makes her a target of hate. She unique, forthright and not afraid.

    • Joseph V Steel

      Your an idiot.

      Pugh is 18 and there is no way anyone can predict if she ever reaches the level Lloyd is at. She could crash and burn for all anyone knows.

      Check your hate. It was no B-face, it was your hate seeing what it wanted to see and no more.

    • Steglitz49

      There is no need to comment Hope. Hopefully she will play to her usual standard in Rio.

    • guest

      i really enjoy all of julie foudy’s softball comments during uswnt games. always trying to stay in the middle rather than take a stand.

    • guest

      lloyd definitely wasn’t happy when pugh took her garbage goal. lloyd knows she is never going to overtake abby wambach’s all-time goal record if she doesn’t get all the garbarge goals.

      • Paul Klee

        I think Carli would’ve been offside if Pugh had passed to her. But she did create space at the near post for Mal to shoot as the keeper got caught looking at Lloyd.

  • Guest

    Thought Brian and Heath both looked good in limited time, some nice little combinations between them right before the Press goal. I think it’ll definitely be Tobin and Pugh starting with Dunn subbing in, assuming Tobin doesn’t have any setbacks with her hamstring.

  • NYRick

    1. CRC is really bad and that’s an understatement. They were loosely giving away so many balls in the final third it was beyond shocking. Why are we playing them? This is the type of team that can injure players due to simply being overmatched and fatigued during the full course of a match. It is what is but they are the ultimate tomato can.

    2. Did Pugh get bigger? It seems to me that she got a little taller or something. That would be scary because she is strong on the ball even with body contact. The comp was weak last night, but she is fun to watch stealing the ball on the flank and than flying into the final third. My goodness, I hope this girl can keep her head on straight because she is truly special.

    3. Flower Girl with a nice finish on the last goal, but an even better pass from Long on the play for the opportunity. You just know that HOFC’s poor little heart sinks every time she hits the back of the neck. That in itself is priceless.

    4. So it’s plainly apparent that the OG is going to be the Carli show. She had to prove her fitness last night to ensure not missing a minute at the OG. Call me crazy but the team is much better with you know who sitting behind Alex as the withdrawn forward. And Carli CAN NOT score in the run of play anymore.

    • Guest

      Carli not scoring in the run of play is nothing earth shattering or new. Props to her on a nice header though and she made a bunch of good through balls. However, Costa Rica did very little to take away her space so she had a pretty easy time out there against a defense set up to fail. Costa Rica deservedly conceded two goals after our wide players exploited space in behind because the Costa Rican coach though it was a good idea to push her full backs up the field.

      • NYRick

        If you play forward for the US team you must be able to SCORE IN THE RUN OF PLAY. The US team is simply so superior to 90% of their opponents that it is criminal not to really. If you want to stick Carli in the midfield (because Ellis has to, then so be it). She just shouldn’t be a forward.

        • Guest

          Lloyd can’t play in the pivot. That was a disaster at the WC and is setting her up for failure. She is an attacking center mid or a bench player. I am currently voting bench but my vote counts for nothing.

          • NYRick

            And therein lies the rub.

            Problem is, “the pivot” or proposed name now on this team for “withdrawn forward” is really the only position she could possibly play and start on this team. I don’t agree with that, but that’s how Ellis politically sees it and it best suits her narrative. I mean if you put Carli at attacking mid, who comes out? Brian? No way, they love her.

            As for voting bench, I’m obviously with you. That’s not to say that Carli can not still have a role and even an effective one on the team, but she should by no means be a starter anymore. Just too much better talent. Horan should always play before her as well. And I like Long a lot out there too.

          • Guest

            Pivot is the holding player or 6. The hole is the 10

          • Guest

            Pugh or Press should be in the hole in my opinion

          • NYRick

            Press for me is a better pure #9 if we are going to get technical. In fact, I think the roles of Alex and Press should be reversed on this team, whereby Press plays the first 65 minutes and then Alex comes in for the last 25+. I think Alex would be devastating in that role against tired teams, after dealing with watching Press for the first 2/3 of the match. Alex would also score more goals like this as well.

            I know people on here will say that I just want Press to start before her and all, but I’m looking at it from team effectiveness. I have two #9’s on the team, and that would be the best way to utilize them. Press is a better and more clinical finisher. Build the lead early and then crush your opponent (any opponent really) with Alex. When you have Heath, Pugh and Dunn out there with them, the opportunities are going to be numerous. The US has the depth to play a high press the whole match. Be relentless and just blow teams out.

          • kernel_thai

            If Im defending the US starters the only people who scare me r Pugh and Morgan. If they could add Press and Dunn to that it might not be possible to defend. Instead Press and Dunn will be on the bench and opposing coaches will be able to sleep nights.

          • kernel_thai

            Press. I dont like Pugh in the middle tho eventually she will own that spot. Pugh is so dangerous in space Id much rather have her wide and force the defense to react to her. Press on the other hand would be my first option at attacking mid and let Lloyd and Horan fight it out for the other spot. Press also gives Morgan the best passing option.

          • Reality

            Pugh is best on the wing where she presents a clear and present danger with her speed. Press’s natural position is at #9. But since Morgan is locked in there, Press would be best utilized in a complementary way to Morgan as a withdrawn forward. An attacking mid slot would place Press farther back from the goal, but is still a viable way to use her talent. Do you think that Lloyd would settle for just a specific mid-field spot?

          • kernel_thai

            The way they are currently playing the #8 has stayed in a higher position most of the time. I believe this was designed to get Horan closer to the box so her head is a factor. If u put Press in the #10 I think Lloyd would be happy with the #8 as long as they kept her high. It would mean Lloyd would have to defend in the midfield instead of hiding her at the top but the trade off is Press getting into the box with runs makes Morgan uber dangerous and impossible to double team. I dont think u get that if u pair Horan and Lloyd behind Morgan.

          • Steglitz49

            #8 is #10 on the other side. The reason #10 became coveted was that it was considered the most difficult position to play in position specific numbering — the in-side left — played by Gren and the Pelé.

          • Reality

            So the real challenge is to convince Lloyd that playing the #8 is more than just moving up field toward the goal.

          • kernel_thai

            Th real challenge is having Ellis deside that Press will score more goals as the withdrawn forward than Lloyd while Lloyd will still get goals in other ways.

          • Reality

            The only other ways Lloyd might get goals is on set plays with headers or PK’s. However, Lloyd is not the only player who can do headers or PK’s and Press adds much more to goal scoring in the run of play not to mention that she would also be great at PK’s.

          • kernel_thai

            Im not sure the most natural evolution isnt having Horan and Lloyd share a spot and having Brian and Long share a spot

          • Reality

            That sounds good to me. I wonder what Ellis thinks about that?

          • HOFCToDi

            CP12 has firmly cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

            Appropriate attire for Christen Press with the USWNT:

            i20.twenga.com/sports/soccer-pinnies/nike-unisex-scrimmage-vest-tp_7423537173855496984f.jpg

            No need for Christen Press to shed the garment.

            ROFLMAO!

          • HOFCToDi

            CP12 has firmly cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

            Appropriate attire for Christen Press with the USWNT:

            i20.twenga.com/sports/soccer-pinnies/nike-unisex-scrimmage-vest-tp_7423537173855496984f.jpg

            No need for Christen Press to shed the garment.

            ROFLMAO!

          • #1Fan

            The US dont need more goals vs poor teams. They need more creativity vs better ones and therein lies the issue. Stat whores point to numbers that are mostly piled up vs rubbish. Style of play is ignored for numbers. Lloyd will get hers even if she plays @ 40, but the reality is the TEAM would be better if she played less

          • guest

            I’d probably make a bunch of changes to the starting XI if the goal is creative goals. Morgan and Lloyd would both come out of the starting XI and I’d probably move Pugh or Press into the Hole. I’d try center midfield combinations of Brian, Long, Colaprico. Press and Pugh at the 10 with Wide combinations of Heath, Pugh, Dunn and Rapinoe(healthy) out wide. Horan or Press would be the center forwards I’d try with a preference for Horan since she is significantly better at winning and controlling arial balls.

          • Guest

            I’d switch JJ for Engen too.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press has firmly cemented her legacy with the Senior USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • HOFCToDi

            CP12 has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • NYRick

            In the case of Carli, I think she essentially plays anywhere she wants on the pitch and does anything she wants. If you have the talent of Leo Messi, I’m good with that. Any other living human, not so good.

            But…if Ellis wanted to allow one player on her roster to essentially freelance, that player should be Pugh.

          • CED

            Lloyd can;t play any other position b/c she is a turnover machine and every time she attempts to play any defense she fouls. She in not capable of playing MF..PERIOD!

          • kernel_thai

            And if u play her too deep her fouls become good scoring opportunities.

          • Joseph V Steel

            Sure you right even though there is no reality to back up your stupid statement. When have her fouls become good scoring opportunists for the other team? How about never. You just make things up because the sound intelligent to you, but their not.

          • kernel_thai

            Fact…Lloyd fouls a lot. Fact…free kicks 30 yards and in make good scoring chances. Fact….the US has trouble marking in the box.

          • JL

            Fact…. Lloyd plays in a position that can get players in foul trouble. No one calls Rocky a foul machine, but she leads SkyBlue in fouls committed. Look at the foul leaders for each team. Most of them are CM.

          • kernel_thai

            Lloyd is foul prone because she has bad technique which she tries to make up for with effort.

          • NYRick

            “she has bad technique.” Excellent analysis and one that is often overlooked with Lloyd, especially on the defensive end.

            No one questions her work ethic or effort and no one ever should really. She leaves it all out there in every match. But it is surprising that someone of her skill set (sometimes very poor footwork and positioning) has ascended this high in her sport. To that, she does deserve much credit.

          • Joseph V Steel

            Look at her stats and results dumbass. She will go down as one of the USWNT greatest players ever when she retires. Her teammates see it, the sports press sees it, fans see it only dumbass haters like you spreading vile and poison don’t see it. You have no soccer credibility. Discussion boards like this are daycare to keep you occupied so you don’t hurt yourself.

          • guest

            are you from the Jersey Shore that is allegedly Rising?

          • guest

            think the jersey shore is falling into the atlantic ocean.

          • mockmook

            Doesn’t every shore fall into an ocean?

          • Guest

            Which stats USWNT stats or her NWSL stats? The two tell very different stories.

          • guest

            but lloyd won’t get what she really wants. to be the greatest women’s soccer player of all time.

          • CED

            You haven’t a clue about the game. LLoyd has always been a lazy player that underachieved. She is wholly incapable of playing her actual position and has been for years. There is a reason the center midfieldwas garbage for 2013,2014, 2015. LLoyd was a disaster getting passed around like a traffic cone vs good teams. The luck and it was pure luck was people got suspended thus they moved her out of the midfield where she has been stinking the joint up for years.

          • Joseph V Steel

            yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah, you are the consummate, pathological Lloyd hater. You know nothing, you are just shooting of your mouth.

          • NYRick

            James Galanis online name: Joseph V Steel.

            And I’m almost afraid to ask what the V is for.

          • HOFCToDi

            The “Press Gang Troll Brigade” are really grasping at straws these days.

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • HOFCToDi

            youtube.com/watch?v=fDauPadTV_E

            A laundry list of “inadequacies” from Christen Press in the first half of the second international women’s friendly versus Japan (05 June 2016).

            03:21 DM3C Sideways Pass Incorrect/Incomplete
            07:51 AM3R Challenged/Dispossessed
            10:14 A18 Offside
            12:23 DM3L Challenged/Dispossessed
            15:03 AM3L Forwards Pass Incorrect/Incomplete
            20:30 A3C Challenged/Dispossessed
            24:46 DM3R Forwards Pass Incorrect/Incomplete
            43:08 A18 Sideways Pass Incorrect/Incomplete

            github.com/amj2012/wosostats/blob/master/resources/how-to-log-location.md

            A first half performance worthy of a seat on the bench.

          • HOFCToDi

            youtube.com/watch?v=fDauPadTV_E

            Enlighten us all to one completed pass from Christen Press to Alex Morgan in the first half of the second international women’s friendly versus Japan (05 June 2016). Please provide the match time stamp, location on the pitch where the pass originated, direction of the pass (forwards, sideways, backwards).

            github.com/amj2012/wosostats/blob/master/resources/how-to-log-location.md

          • HOFCToDi

            Poor Chrissie Pooh, rarely in on the fun in the first half.

            youtube.com/watch?v=9puqMZjpSj4

            youtube.com/watch?v=j9F0u_WfhoE

            youtube.com/watch?v=tqCcpUg51u8

            youtube.com/watch?v=rBMz0dt2Ud0

            ussoccer.com/matches/wnt/2016/160406-wnt-v-col#tab-1

          • HOFCToDi

            Poor Chrissie Pooh, rarely in on the fun in the first half.

            youtube.com/watch?v=8BLXvTOS-h4

            youtube.com/watch?v=F33bFe3n-YE

            youtube.com/watch?v=FprjRlNOBbA

            youtube.com/watch?v=-hJlbZABsGg

            ussoccer.com/matches/wnt/2016/160123-wnt-v-irl#tab-1

          • HOFCToDi

            The “Press Gang Troll Brigade” are really grasping at straws these days.

            USWNT
            2016 Calendar Year
            Games Started
            Lloyd -12
            Morgan – 12
            Heath – 11
            Dunn – 11
            Horan – 11
            Pugh – 10
            Brian – 9
            Long – 5
            Press – 5
            Mewis – 4

            Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

            ROFLMAO!

          • HOFCToDi

            The “Press Gang Troll Brigade” are really grasping at straws these days.

            FIFA Top Ten Ranked Opponents
            USWNT Goals Scored
            Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 8
            Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 3
            Johnston (DOB 06 Apr 1992) – 2
            Dunn (DOB 03 Jul 1992) – 2
            Horan (DOB 26 May 1994) – 2
            Mewis (DOB 09 Oct 1992) – 1

            ROFLMAO!

          • HOFCToDi

            The “Press Gang Troll Brigade” are really grasping at straws these days.

            Appropriate attire for Christen Press with the USWNT:

            i20.twenga.com/sports/soccer-pinnies/nike-unisex-scrimmage-vest-tp_7423537173855496984f.jpg

          • HOFCToDi

            The “Press Gang Troll Brigade” are really grasping at straws these days.

            Sunday, 21 Feb 2016
            TSG announces CWOQ Best XI, Awards
            ussoccer.com/v~13.17/~/media/images/wnt/gallery-images/2016/02/160221-wnt-v-can/photo-gallery/160221-wnt-vs-can-photo-gallery19.jpg?h=600&w=786&la=en&hash=BF5ABEEA5BE7034EF13FA4F320F9E7BB8E549331&yocs=6_&yoloc=us

            concacaf.com/article/tsg-announces-cwoq-best-xi-awards

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

            ROFLMAO!

          • HOFCToDi

            The “Press Gang Troll Brigade” are really grasping at straws these days.

            Friday, 11 Mar 2016
            Morgan, Solo and the USA Sweep Awards at 2016 SBC
            cdn-us-ec.yottaa.net/5682eca20b534438800014b5/www.ussoccer.com/v~13.19/~/media/images/wnt/gallery-images/2016/03/160309-wnt-v-ger/160309-wnt-vs-ger-gallery20.jpg?h=559&w=800&la=en&hash=B1A7B6E0C01C796F4C31CF422F0CC370A4D5CF89&yocs=6_&yoloc=us

            ussoccer.com/stories/2016/03/11/13/17/160311-wnt-morgan-solo-and-the-usa-sweep-awards-at-2016-shebelieves-cup

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

            ROFLMAO!

          • HOFCToDi

            The “Press Gang Troll Brigade” are really grasping at straws these days.

            Appropriate attire for Christen Press with the USWNT:

            i20.twenga.com/sports/soccer-pinnies/nike-unisex-scrimmage-vest-tp_7423537173855496984f.jpg

            ROFLMAO!

          • Reality

            We’ve got an interesting experiment going on in reply to your comment…2 trolls have found each other and are mating…or at least one is trying to seduce the other in a typically crude fashion…

          • mockmook

            “The pivot” and “withdrawn forward” are two completely different things.

            “The pivot” is the #6 / Holding CM / DM

            The “withdrawn forward” is the #10 / CF / CAM

          • kernel_thai

            Im surprised at the positive reaction to Lloyd’s play. She seemed healthy and certainly active and did look to produce chances for others. On the other side there were a lot of times she held onto the ball looking to create something when the most creative thing she could have done was quickly move it on.

          • Guest

            Lloyd was only okay for me. She missed a wide open Dunn who had like 30 yards of open space to run into.

    • Kevin

      1) At 35:25 in the match, the announcers said that they contacted between 25-30 teams trying to find an opponent and CRC was the only one interested.

      2) I immediately thought Pugh looked bigger as well. It looks like she’s bulked up her upper body for sure.

      4) Agree with all of it except the identity of “you know who” because I know you don’t mean Horan.

      • NYRick

        2) Yeah I know. I think she grew two inches in the last two months. Scary good player. And she has an edge to her too. She doesn’t mind mixing it up out there. She has no problem putting her body in the middle of a scrum and finding her way out of it with the ball. I didn’t expect that from her when I was hearing about how good she is, before I really saw her play.

        4) You know who I mean with “you know who.” However, I do agree with Horan being better utilized as a forward on the team as well too. She is an excellent target forward and I think a great finisher. Awesome one-touch shot she had last night that hit the post. Actually the team has obvious depth and talent. Every forward minute on this team should not be preordained to Alex and Carli. It’s silly. But it’s done for marketing reasons.

        • Anon

          Interesting. Most girls are done growing in height well before 18. I think she will bulk up a lot more muscle wise.

          • mockmook

            Ummm, it’s all conjecture at this point.

          • Breakers fan

            Right. Although fans with scales and yardsticks are at the ready they haven’t been permitted yet onto the training complex.

      • kernel_thai

        U know it was tough to find matches when Germany beat Ghana yesterday 11-0

      • JL

        1) That point cannot be repeated enough. Whenever people ask why the US is playing the opponent in front of them, just remind them that it takes two teams agreeing to play for a game to happen. As much as the US would rather play a top 5 or 10 team, those teams may not want to play the US so close to a tournament.

        • guest

          just to clarify. the uswnt would rather play a top ten team if it is in the us so that they get to keep most of the money. the top ten teams are not going to want to travel to the us all the time to play a friendly. the uswnt hasn’t played an away game in over a year. i’d like to see some historical stats on uswnt away friendlies.

      • guest

        that’s what happens when the uswnt will only play friendlies at home so that they get to keep most of the money. not to mention the fact that there is like ten other good national teams who probably don’t wanna keep traveling over here all the time.

        • Kevin

          If the game was played in Costa Rica, the stands would be empty and neither team would make any money off the game.

          It’s real simple… it’s more profitable for both teams to play the game in the US.

          • guest

            i wasn’t talking about playing tomato cans away. only the american fans are dumb enough to pay $100 to watch those games. i meant playing top ten or top five teams away. don’t think those stands would be empty. you can’t expect those teams to keep traveling here all the time.

          • guest

            but i guess the american fans get some good pictures for facebook likes so it evens out.

          • Kevin

            Ahhhhh! So the truth comes out… you’re not an American and want to whine about how many home games they play.

            I guess the USWNT should have scheduled a quality opponent like Ghana? GER was only up 9-0 in the 42nd minute in that one.

            Teams not going to the Olympics aren’t very active at this point in the cycle and not interested in throwing the team together for a game. It’s just a down time for a lot of teams.

            Your theory is completely invalidated when you look at how many of the top teams played here in the US in the past year…

            #2 GER
            #3 FRA
            #4 ENG
            #7 JPN
            #8 BRA
            #10 CAN
            #12 CHN

            #5 AUS was scheduled to play here but backed out for other reasons.

            But go ahead… keep pretending it’s because teams don’t want to travel to play against the USWNT.

    • HOFCToDi

      For USWNT posterity:

      30 June 2015 vs GER, 05 July 2015 vs JPN
      drawformation.com/post/56bc60cb89182/56bc60cb89182.png

      Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

      ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

      ROFLMAO!

    • HOFCToDi

      Christen Press
      2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
      16 Jun 2015
      USA 1 NGA 0
      Minutes Played 0

      resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/00/60/eng_31_0616_nga-usa_fulltime.pdf

      Christen Press
      2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
      30 Jun 2015
      USA 2 GER 0
      Minutes Played 0

      resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/52/49/eng_49_0630_usa-ger_fulltime.pdf

      Christen Press
      2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
      05 Jul 2015
      USA 5 JPN 2
      Minutes Played 0

      resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/66/12/93/eng_52_0705_usa-jpn_fulltime.pdf

      Christen Press was BENCHED!

      Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

      ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

      ROFLMAO!

    • HOFCToDi

      Christen Press
      2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
      26 Jun 2015
      USA 1 CHN 0
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 0

      resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/35/93/eng_45_0626_chn-usa_fulltime.pdf

      Christen Press
      2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
      22 Jun 2015
      USA 2 COL 0
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 1, Shots on Goal 0

      resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/26/11/eng_38_0622_usa-col_fulltime.pdf

      Christen Press
      2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
      12 Jun 2015
      USA 0 SWE 0
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 0

      resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/64/73/21/eng_19_0612_usa-swe_fulltime.pdf

      Christen Press could not even register a shot on goal.

      ROFLMAO!

    • HOFCToDi

      Christen Press has been overrun by the current youth movement:

      USWNT
      2016 Calendar Year
      Games Started
      Lloyd -12
      Morgan – 12
      Heath – 11
      Dunn – 11
      Horan – 11
      Pugh – 10
      Brian – 9
      Press – 5
      Long – 5
      Mewis – 4

      Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

      ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

      ROFLMAO!

    • mockmook

      “And Carli CAN NOT score in the run of play anymore.”

      That’s way Way WAY too premature a declaration.

      • Paul Klee

        Well she was offside on her goal. But there were several times when 4 squad members were offside by a couple of yards.

      • Breakers fan

        Did you, as I did, have the wish a time or two in the last game that Carli would have pulled the trigger on her rocket right foot shot, but she didn’t? Instead she tried to find some clever pass to make. And failed. She needs to not forget that she got to where she is by burying some 20-30 yard blasts with her right leg. I got the feeling that she was overreacting to people criticizing her for taking some shots from (semi) distance by instead of firing away when she had some space and opportunity she said to herself “The new Carli Lloyd makes the great clever pass here now”. Well, maybe, but I like the old Carli Lloyd too – the one who will take a shot when she has the chance.

        • mockmook

          Sorry, didn’t watch her that closely, was only hoping that she wasn’t a big negative (and HOORAY, she wasn’t).

  • Frozen Blue

    I know Pugh is the anointed one so no one take offense to this and crucify me but Pugh was on the weaker side for the first half of the game. When Pugh and Dunn changed sides after half, that is when Dunn made a number of nice moves herself, that defender was weak. Don’t get me wrong Pugh played great and her pressure was awesome especially on that goal. Was actually disappointed in Heath when she came on because she went to that weak side and didn’t make much of it.

    • nwslfan

      she used the matchup to her advantage. she played great

    • Guest

      I think the RB was the weaker defender but Costa Rica defended much better in the second half. They played a lot more conservative and didn’t let the wings get in behind nearly as often to attack attack their center halfs. Dunn had maybe 1 or 2 good crosses but I don’t think she was that great on the left. Overall, I thought Dunn had a good game. I thought Heath was fine but understand if some people think she should take on more and drive play. She played Press and Brian in to pretty good positions following some solid build up play but nothing came of it. I think Heath also drops back to pick the ball a lot more than either Dunn or Pugh.

    • Paul Klee

      Pugh did fine the first couple of touches in the second half were tentative but I attribute that to Klingenberg being subbed for Krieger once Pugh adjusted I thought she was even more dominant on the right than she was on the left in the first half. Of course that might’ve been fatigue from Costa Rica

  • Ray

    Thoughts :

    – the goal from Pugh was really sweet but I think the keeper really should have had that.
    – not much we can learn from playing CR
    – Happy with Carli’s play today. It was the least selfish I’ve seen her play.
    – Morgan: wish she finished at least one of her two chances. We’ve seen her make that header lots of times. Excellent secondary assist on that Dunn goal.
    – Press: nice shot from her
    – I can’t tell if Pugh or Dunn should start on the right wing.

    Just an overall thought on Morgan though – I dont actually think she plays better against non- tomato cans. I think she plays equally , but it’s more noticeable because it’s a bigger game. She consistently draws multiple defenders whether it’s CR or T&T or France or Germany. She’s used to that defensive pressure where not all other attacking players are because they aren’t defended properly by the CR’s of the world. (Dunn unmarked on 1st goal, less players on Press )

    • Steglitz49

      Alexandra is the Greatest.

    • kernel_thai

      I think the best Olympic scenario is for Press and Dunn to get the goals from play and Lloyd, Johnston & Horan to chip in on set pieces. That leaves Morgan, Heath and Pugh to provide the creativity that makes easy goals for others.

      • Bruce

        Neither Press nor Dunn will get significant minutes, I think.

        • Breakers fan

          I deeply hope this proves to be incorrect.

          • Bruce

            Dunn gets bumped by Tobin/Pugh. Press is withheld as a super-sub and plugs in for Carli, Horan and maybe even Alex.

          • Breakers fan

            That is the most likely occurrence, what smart money bets on right now, and for sure the top Vegas line but I’m hoping Ellis surprises with the use of these two in creative and unexpected ways.

          • HOFCToDi

            Tobin Heath and Mallory Pugh will start as the two flank (attacking) midfielders. Crystal Dunn will be the supersub off the bench. Megan Rapinoe will gradually increase minutes off the bench as the tournament progresses.

            Christen Press will wear a yellow pinny, sit at the end of the bench, and keep her mouth shut.

        • kernel_thai

          Depends if Ellis breaks conservative form and makes the bold choice. If she thinks she can win the group with Dunn, Pugh & Heath each starting two matches…if she can divide up the CM time between Horan, Press, Lloyd, Brian and Long… if u can get Morgan off some, then she can get thru to the quarters with a pretty fresh team. If she feels she has to play her starters until the game is decided she better hope she has an easy match in he Quarter finals.

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen Press will wear a yellow pinny, sit at the end of the bench, and keep her mouth shut.

          • Can you stop. You’ve posted these same links three times on this thread alone. You add nothing to the discussion.

          • HOFCToDi

            WoSo does not revolve around Christen Press. The USSF does not revolve around Christen Press. The USWNT does not revolve around Christen Press. The “Press Gang Troll Brigade” needs a daily reminder of the irrelevance of Christen Press.

          • You are the one who talks about her the most, even when it doesn’t apply, you post random stats, trying to discredit her. It gets old fast.

          • HOFCToDi

            The facts speak for themselves.

          • HOFCToDi

            The facts speak for themselves.

            Not once has Christen Press been named Budweiser Woman of the Match in calendar year 2016.

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/results-statistics

          • mockmook

            Your only recourse to this “spam” is to block HoF as a user.

            You, like me, are probably reluctant to block any user because even the worst sometimes have some interesting comments. But, HoF’s “disrespect” for this blog and other commenters is definitely edging me towards a singular block.

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen Press will wear a yellow pinny, sit at the end of the bench, and keep her mouth shut.

          Christen Press
          International Women’s Friendly
          21 Oct 2015
          USA 1 BRA 1
          Minutes Played 0

          ussoccer.com/matches/wnt/2015/151021-wnt-v-bra#tab-1

          Christen Press
          International Women’s Friendly
          25 Oct 2015
          USA 3 BRA 1
          Minutes Played 0

          ussoccer.com/matches/wnt/2015/151025-wnt-v-bra#tab-1

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen Press will wear a yellow pinny, sit at the end of the bench, and keep her mouth shut.

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/04/06/20/56/160406-wnt-lineup-notes-us-wnt-faces-colombia-in-first-of-two-april-matches

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/06/03/00/20/160602-wnt-lineup-notes-a-rivalry-renewed-in-denver-solo-goes-for-shutout-no-99-closes-in-on-history

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/07/23/00/01/160722-wnt-vs-costa-rica-lineup-notes

          Christen Press
          International Women’s Friendly
          9 Jul 2016
          USA 1 RSA 0
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 0

          foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26928

          Christen Press
          International Women’s Friendly
          5 Jun 2016
          USA 2 JPN 0
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 1

          foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26862

          Christen Press
          International Women’s Friendly
          2 Jun 2016
          USA 3 JPN 3
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 0

          foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26754

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen Press will wear a yellow pinny, sit at the end of the bench, and keep her mouth shut.

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/04/06/20/56/160406-wnt-lineup-notes-us-wnt-faces-colombia-in-first-of-two-april-matches

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/06/03/00/20/160602-wnt-lineup-notes-a-rivalry-renewed-in-denver-solo-goes-for-shutout-no-99-closes-in-on-history

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/07/23/00/01/160722-wnt-vs-costa-rica-lineup-notes

          Christen Press has been overrun by the current youth movement:

          USWNT
          2016 Calendar Year
          Games Started
          Lloyd -12
          Morgan – 12
          Heath – 11
          Dunn – 11
          Horan – 11
          Pugh – 10
          Brian – 9
          Long – 5
          Press – 5
          Mewis – 4

          Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

          ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

          ROFLMAO!

  • Zzzz

    I think every team is a huge underdog compared to this USA teAm. The offensive potency is nearly impossible to defend with a healthy Carli, Dunn, Pugh, Morgan. Not to mention horan and press. I will be rooting for Les Bleues myself

    • Guest

      I think South Africa somewhat proved the US are relatively easy to defend if you keep numbers behind the ball and organized. If you have mobile defenders and talented CMs like France does the US can be had. France doesn’t have a reliable striker though which makes me doubt their chances.

      • Steglitz49

        Losing to France in the group play would not necessarily be a disaster. The US lost to Sweden in WC-11.

      • mockmook

        Don’t have to have a reliable striker, just a “lucky” one.

    • Craigaroo

      US women are certainly the favorite but an upset wouldn’t be all that surprising. For example, according to both the FIFA ratings and the Massey Ratings, if the US were slated to face China, Australia, and Germany in the knockout stages, the US odds of winning the tournament is roughly around 35% (off the top of my head)

      • Steglitz49

        The USWNT are ¨berfavorites. Only force majeure can rain on their parade. Silver and bronze will be tight.

        • mockmook

          Just once, try “listening” to the other persons comment.

        • Gary Diver

          To determine mathematically the probability of USWNT winning a gold medal you have to multiple probabilities of winning each knock-out game. The total probability may be much less than one would expect. Winning three close games in a row is not the same as winning one close game.

          • Steglitz49

            Selfevidently. It is called a decision-tree in business.

            Before WC-11, Japan’s chances were considered 1:38. Before Rio many would put the US at 38:1.

          • mockmook

            WORST TROLL EVER (or dumbest)

          • Craigaroo

            Yes. For example, if the US had to face China, Sweden (or Australia), and Germany in the knockout stage, then their winning odds in each match would be roughly about .80, .70, and .60 (based on FIFA ratings) — Multiply them together and you get (.336)

          • Gary Diver

            Well done. People don’t seem to understand probability very well. You did a nice job (based on FIFA) ratings showing that USWNT are not as likely to win OG16 as a lot of people expect.

            An alternative approach would be to reason around the definition of probability. If USWNT has a 90% probability of beating France then that would mean you are really saying is that in 10 separate matches with France, you expect USWNT to win 9 out of the 10 matches. That is not realistic.

            Assuming a very high average USWNT winning probability of 80% for each of the 3 knock-out games, drops the overall probability of winning gold to a tad over 50%. USWNT may be favorites, but the odds are not stacked in their favorite as much as a lot of people would like to believe.

          • Gary Diver

            Could you briefly explain how FIFA ratings get transferred to odds/probability of winning? For example, the .60 winning probability of USWNT over Germany seems reasonable to me.

          • Craigaroo

            You’d think I could steer you directly to the formula. I’ll try; we’ll see if it shows up (and I hope it’s the right one). But for a rough chart:
            0 points rating differential = .500 expected chance of advancing in a knockout game
            50 points = .571
            100 points = .640
            150 points = .703
            200 points = .760
            250 points = .808
            300 points = .849
            400 points = .909
            500 points = .947
            600 points = .969
            700 points = .983
            800 points = .990
            ¶ Formula (graphic): https://wikimedia.org/api/rest_v1/media/math/render/svg/4cda1efa1a239dd6d3485fce66e435ce66e19270

          • Gary Diver

            Thank you. I’ll spend some time on this to try and get a better understanding.

            Next week we will hear a lot about USWNT being an overwhelming favorite to win the gold medal. Yes and no.

            USWNT is likely not to win the gold medal. USWNT is more likely to win the gold medal than any other team, but USWNT is less likely to win gold than one of the other 11 teams.

      • I believe that 35% is about 10% higher than the odds of the US winning the World Cup last summer. I know FiveThirtyEight did the odds and the US was around 25-25% favorites. I wonder if it’s higher this year because of the smaller field?

        • Craigaroo

          Partly because the USA’s rating has gone up (thanks to winning the World Cup) and Germany and France’s rating have gone slightly down. To a slight degree because my assumption is based on the US getting out of the group. Obviously they have a high probability of getting out of the group but it isn’t 100%. Also the World Cup has an extra round in the knockout stage (it begins with a Round of 16 rather than straight to quarterfinals) so the US had one more game it had to get through.

    • kernel_thai

      The biggest obstacle for either the US or France is the possibility of having to play each other twice. Going to be hard for either team to win twice. Might almost be better if the group match is a draw.

      • Steglitz49

        In OG-12 Sweden and Japan tied 0-0 in the group game. It did not do Sweden much good. Japan preferred to finish 2nd in the group. Canada was 3rd.

  • Craigaroo

    A couple days ago Jonathan Tannenwald posted the current TV schedules of the Olympics on philly.com: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/olympics/NBCs_2016_Summer_Olympics_TV_schedule.html
    ¶ All US group games will be on NBCSN
    ¶ Good news – All knockout games & medal games will be on NBCSN, MSNBC, or CNBC; additionally some matches will be on Spanish-language networks as well as the Soccer Specialty channel
    ¶ Bad news: Only two of the final group games will be shown live (outside of the Soccer Specialty Channel, which will show a 3rd match live, Brazil v. South Africa)
    ¶ Bad news: only three of the 2nd Matchday games, which is on Saturday Aug 6, will be shown live,outside the Soccer Specialty Channel, which will show two more. Colombia vs New Zealand, which is likely to be one of the most significant clashes in the group stage will not be shown live.

    • kernel_thai

      For me the bad news r the tight start times and not getting the scores of match going on at the same time. Example on Aug 6 the US plays France with Australia/Germany starting an hour later. Two great matches but what r the odds I’ll get to see an unsullied view of Ger/Aus?

      • Craigaroo

        Yes, good point. At least you can watch both of those matches live, simultaneously., as we’d have to anyway with the last group games.

        • Steglitz49

          Brazil has 3 time-zones.

      • Steglitz49

        Are there timezones in Brazil?

      • Breakers fan

        One way to try to preserve ignorance of what’s happening in games being played concurrently is to mute the volume. And if they have scrolling scores happening anywhere on the screen what I do to keep myself from seeing results of any game I want to watch later without knowing what happened in advance is I’ll either stack books or dvds up to cover that scrolling line at the bottom of the screen or if live scores are shown in say the top right corner I’ll fold paper to a necessary thickness and tape the paper over that area. I do this with March Madness basketball. If games start at the exact same time I’ll sometimes watch the first half of 1, then the first half of the other. from my dvr, to try and stay chronologically at the same point for both games. I don’t like muting the volume as 99% of the time the announcers are not talking about the other games but it only takes a second for them to say “Germany now up 1-0 over Australia” and all the suspense for me in my viewing of that game is wiped away.

        • Reality

          Preserving oneself from the ravages of being over-connected.:)

          • Breakers fan

            It’s definitely a war that is WAGED, let me tell ya. 🙂 And even with all of these measures taken sometimes I still fail in my efforts.

          • Reality

            I’m with you! I take periodic holidays from all connections in order to restore my balance and perspective. One has to slow the mind back down to smell the roses.

          • Breakers fan

            Yes. Here too. I want following sports to be above all enjoyable and not too deadly serious. That can be a challenge if one’s favorites aren’t doing well. Disconnecting can help with that for me.

          • Steglitz49

            I read that Kylie Strom is moving to a British club from Boston. Do you know what the story is?

        • Craigaroo

          This reads like the script of a Seinfeld show. Which one of them is going to all these great lengths to not hear the score? Which one bursts into the apartment and blurts it out?

          • Breakers fan

            Exactly! And I haven’t even mentioned all my efforts at work and how hard it is to cover every possible contingency of how I may find out about a certain game. From people who I’ve already told just being physically unable to keep their mouth shut to random passersby who I didn’t think I needed to say anything to. I’m probably only 50% successful.

          • JL

            There was a commercial during the men’s WC two years ago where a guy took every effort during his day to avoid finding out the result of a game he wanted to watch after work, only to have his kid blurt out the result the second he got home.

        • Steglitz49

          They squeeze all the matches in on the same day. That means starting quite early and finishing not too late. The latest starts are 10 pm European time, if I understand the timetable right — unless it is 10 pm ET.

    • guest

      For me the bad news is the 12 ET start times for one of the quarters and one of the semi’s because no bar will be open at that time for me to watch the games. So in order to see all the US games, I have to root for FRA and GER to win their groups, and for the US to meet GER in the quarters. Not ideal from the US standpoint, but tough cookies.

      • Steglitz49

        12 ET is 6 pm on the continent in Europe. The later slots are probably kept for the men’s games.

      • mockmook

        There may be a “soccer” bar in your area that opens up for the games.

      • Craigaroo

        Whaddya mean no bars open at noon ET? Besides, if the US is playing, a bar will open for it. (I’m the one who should be complaining – I’m West Coast).

    • Guest

      You can watch every Olympic event live on YT, every single one.

    • mockmook

      It appears that every WoSo game by every country will be streamed by NBC into the USA (maybe everywhere?)

      http://www.nbcolympics.com/live-stream-schedule/soccer?day=-2#

  • Bruce

    Really hard to gauge anything given how mismatched the game was last night. My main takeaways were:

    1) Lloyd was active and surprisingly unselfish enough to solidify her place at the 10. She may not be the NT’s best player there, but given her advantages as the incumbent “world’s greatest player” (cough) there is zero chance she doesn’t play.

    2) Long looks more and more comfortable in the pivot. I think Brian sits even if healthy.

    3) The only player who tends to look out of place at times is Horan. Her technical/tactical approach just doesn’t match the pace of play of just about everyone else in the attacking half.

    • Frozen Blue

      I agree especially on Horan, she still isn’t comfortable at that position and I would have brought Mewis instead or she needs to be playing farther up the field like in Lloyds position.

      • Bruce

        Horan might be third or fourth in line for that spot (CAM).

        • mockmook

          Last night, Lloyd seemed to be playing CF alongside of Alex in a 4-4-2

          I’d say that is the perfect position for Horan, but she isn’t replacing Lloyd (yet).

          • anon

            I think Press will be put there if she has a good OGs. She seems to be taking that spot when lloyd is gone.

          • NYRick

            Press will be gone before Lloyd. Do you really see Press playing 5 more years? No way. She may try to last to WC19 but I think even that is a stretch. Carli is with us to near age 40. That is a definite.

          • Kevin

            If Carli makes the WC19 roster, it will be riding the bench like Rampone, HAO, Boxx, etc.

            I highly doubt she continues after that.

          • Guest

            I think Horan would also be good as the lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 with either Press or Pugh playing in the 10. The only way that happens though is if Morgan sustains an injury.

          • Bruce

            She was playing more of a hybrid CAM/withdrawn striker. Same as Press played against RSA.

        • HOFCToDi

          Not even close:

          Lloyd
          Brian
          Pugh

          Christen Press will be wearing a yellow pinny and sitting at the end of the bench.

        • Tania

          You don’t think Pugh has passed Press on the depth chart?

          • HOFCToDi

            Only an idiot would bench Mallory Pugh for Christen Press.

            ussoccer.com/stories/2016/06/03/00/20/160602-wnt-lineup-notes-a-rivalry-renewed-in-denver-solo-goes-for-shutout-no-99-closes-in-on-history

          • Frode

            You have a loose purchase on reality.

            “Press played in the No. 10 against Japan in our second game [a 2-0 win on June 5, 2016]. I thought she was fantastic. … … I think Press has done really well of late and we
            could use her in the 9, 10, 7, 11. I think her skill set allows her to be that versatile.”
            — Jill Ellis, the actual coach of the USWNT.

            But don’t believe the coach. Believe in HOFCToDi, the vengeful and mustachioed god of WoSo.

          • Bruce

            Not at the central attacking midfielder position.

            On the wing however, it would be crazy to play press over pugh.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press has not even passed Morgan Brian on the depth chart.

            youtube.com/watch?v=0ODtZw0ZbJ8

            0:56, 7:20

            Christen Press is a roaring tire fire anywhere in the midfield.

          • Not for CAM. Wing, yes.

    • Reality

      1) Lloyd has a very low bar to hurdle with Ellis since she only has to be alive, breathing and ambulatory for Ellis to put her on the pitch.

      • NYRick

        LOL

      • Steglitz49

        Given Carli’s contributions to the success of the NT, she is a given player.

      • HOFCToDi

        Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

        garbage time
        prima donna
        selfish shot hog
        tomato cans

      • HOFCToDi

        Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

        garbage time
        prima donna
        selfish shot hog
        tomato cans

        For USWNT posterity:

        30 June 2015 vs GER, 05 July 2015 vs JPN
        drawformation.com/post/56bc60cb89182/56bc60cb89182.png

        Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

        ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

        ROFLMAO!

      • HOFCToDi

        Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

        garbage time
        prima donna
        selfish shot hog
        tomato cans

        2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
        Carli Lloyd #10 of the US poses after winning the Silver Boot
        img.fifa.com/mm/photo/tournament/competition/02/66/13/11/2661311_big-lnd.jpg

        By the way, that’s not Christen Press.

        ROFLMAO!

      • HOFCToDi

        Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

        garbage time
        prima donna
        selfish shot hog
        tomato cans

        2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
        Carli Lloyd #10 of the US poses after winning the Golden Ball
        img.fifa.com/mm/photo/tournament/competition/02/66/13/04/2661304_big-lnd.jpg

        By the way, that’s not Christen Press.

        ROFLMAO!

      • HOFCToDi

        Christen Press has firmly cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

        garbage time
        prima donna
        selfish shot hog
        tomato cans

        Christen Press has been overrun by the current youth movement:

        USWNT
        2016 Calendar Year
        Games Started
        Lloyd -12
        Morgan – 12
        Heath – 11
        Dunn – 11
        Horan – 11
        Pugh – 10
        Brian – 9
        Long – 5
        Press – 5
        Mewis – 4

        Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

        ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

        ROFLMAO!

    • guest

      2) Ellis said after the game that they will do everything so Brian can be ready for the first game, so no she won’t sit. I’m afraid Long is only waiting till Brian is 100% and if nothing happens she will be ready for the NZL game in Rio.

      • Bruce

        Didn’t see that. Thanks for the note. I don’t see a big difference between them at this point, though, as Long has really picked up the position quickly.

        • mockmook

          Maybe Long plays over Horan.

          • I think that is pretty likely at this point. Ellis praised Long after the game again, seems to like what she is getting out of her. I agree.

  • thegirlnextdior

    We need Ronaldo type of players in WoSo. There are no really flashy players in the game. Tobin Heath is the closest to flashy and USWNT fans claim she’s “magic” doing a few nutmegs and a cutback a game. I remember in the NWSL Erika Tymrak was the player that possessed those kinds of skills, and once she broke into the NT, she was deemed too selfish.

    • Guest

      WoSo has/had one in Marta but she doesn’t play for the united states. Heath is the furthest thing from ronaldo personality wise and that may be just as if not more important.

      • thegirlnextdior

        Heath’s personality is terrible in the NWSL, but contains herself on the NT. Consistency is key. Brazil is good for that. that’s why it’s a bit boring to watch NWSL games, they play long balls.

        • Guest

          I don’t think Heath has a terrible personality. I like it and her demeanor. Some people might classify Ronaldo as a narcissist and an egomaniac. He’s a polarizing character who is undoubtedly a special talent in his profession. Alex Morgan is a player that moves ticket sales because she has the it factor. I’m not sure I agree that NWSL games with teams that go direct are boring. I don’t really take sides with tiki taka vs direct play. I think both can be exciting when played with high tempo. Open games are by far my favorite to watch but not many teams think it’s in their interest to play open games.

          • thegirlnextdior

            The entitlement of NT players like Heath, Lloyd, Morgan, Rapinoe in the NWSL is so annoying. Alex Morgan is not very good playing with her back to goal. MF’s feed her through balls, and she splits defenders and shoots. What we need is better dribblers. Something to make the game exciting to watch. crowds go crazy when players demolish other players.

          • anon

            The speed and finesse of the women’s game just isn’t there, in part because most of the international teams are garbage, and not necessarily because the talent isn’t there.

          • Guest

            What entitlement are those players exhibiting while playing for their NWSL teams? Heath got a red for losing her temper and spiking the ball and hasn’t gotten a yellow card since. I’m not sure I’ve seen examples any of those players act entitled around their NWSL teammates. Players complain about calls against them in every league and complaining is hardly limited to allocated players.

          • thegirlnextdior

            Lol, you tried but Tobin complains so much in the NWSL. getting mad over clear calls. You’re only focusing what I say about the attitudes of NT players. Point is, WoSo is desperate for creative dribblers.

          • Guest

            I don’t know how much soccer you watch but players on every team complain about call, good or bad, in every single league in the world. Top players in the league usually complain the most because they are often fouled the most. I don’t necessarily see complaining about calls to be a show of terrible attitude not every player is going to react like Becky. Thinking it’s just the USWNT players is completely ignorant. Have you watched Fishlock or Little much by any chance? Their body language when they feel they are fouled or a foul goes against them couldn’t be more clear to me .

          • thegirlnextdior

            Heath is certainly not fouled the most, and she makes lousy tackles/challenges on opponents herself. Watch the second Spirit match where they thrashed them 4-1; the sliding tackle, the persistent challenges on Dunn etc.. I also mentioned Tobin in my first comment when I said she was considered “magic” despite the simple moves she does. You brought up Ronaldo’s ego and personality to which I said Heath was bratty in the NWSL. My MAIN comment was about how WoSo was lacking creative dribblers. I am an avid football viewer, thank you.

          • rkmid71

            My theory is that NT players don’t really like the challenge of the NWSL and all the players vying for their positions on the NT. If Heath (or other NT players) get smoked by a non NT player or some non NT player gets physical with them (or simply dishes out as much as they take), it’s not unusual for them to lash out (brattiness). The NT plays very few games that are actually tough. Having said that, I like that Heath competes hard in the NWSL and has been amongst the most committed NT players to her team. She was poised to have an awesome OG before her injury. Hopefully that doesn’t sidetrack her.

          • Guest

            “My theory is that NT players don’t really like the challenge of the NWSL and all the players vying for their positions on the NT.”

            I don’t really agree with this at all. Most of the NT players are the clear stars on their teams. If they were constantly getting ‘smoked’ they wouldn’t be on the NT. Even Lloyd who has terrible NWSL stats is a central figure to the Dash.

          • rkmid71

            Clear stars according to who? Simply because they are NT players irrespective of what they do for their club team? Why is Lloyd a central figure for the Dash with such terrible stats and the team losing? What matters to the Dash is what Lloyd can do or does for them. If the Dash is trying to win, shouldn’t they have been trying other options? Kling didn’t do much for Houston either last year. The NT players that standout to me in NWSL are Morgan (this year for Orlando), Dunn, Press, Heath, Sauerbrunn. Horan and Long have been solid most games. Previously Holiday, ARod. Do you think the USSF involvement in NWSL influences how NWSL coaches utilize NT players? Are NWSL clubs essentially forced to promote the NT players that are on their roster as “stars”?

          • Guest

            All of the NT players, who played a significant portion of this NWSL season are among the best at their positions right now. The only players who I think people would question are Brian and Lloyd due to their injury issues so far this year. I don’t think Lloyd is one of the best NT players or a good fit for the way the NT is trying to play but she is still an effective player that can score goals. Her shooting efficiency has been very good for the NT compared to the Dash and that could easily be attributed to position played on the field. I’ll accept that Lloyd is probably the one player on the roster who I don’t really think is among the best at her position though. Klingenberg’s defense and play for Portland this year has been very good. Portland had the best defense in the league before the NT players left but gave up 5 goals in the last 2 largely because teams skinned them on the wing. Judging her play last year when Houston has the worst center back pairing in the league is not a good way to evaluate an outside back. I think the names you didn’t mention like Sonnett, Mewis, HAO, O’hara, Krieger, Naeher, Harris, Engen or Rapinoe, prior to injury, are all among the best players on their teams too. I have a difficult time naming any NWSL player not on the NT roster that is clearly better than a player on the roster.

          • guest

            sydney leroux the last two years at club level.

          • brdn08

            Wambach Rampone Chalupny and Kling were getting smoked and they still made it to the World Cup roster

          • Guest

            You brought up the ‘terrible’ NWSL attitude not me. I’m even inclined to agree that she deserved a yellow card in that game but those were soccer plays not evidence of ‘terrible attitude’. Your definition of bratty seems to be players that complain about calls to which I pointed out that, by that definition, there are a lot of bratty players in every single league in the world and you should judge every player that complains about a call or surrounds the referee by that same standard. Guess what there are perpetual complainers of refereeing decisions on every single NWSL team(with good reason some times) and not all of those players are NT players.

          • thegirlnextdior

            You brought up attitudes in general. did i say we needed ronaldo tempered, egoistic personalities? i said we needed more players in woso with creative dribbling. all those paragraphs you wrote were useless, since you never agreed or disagreed

          • Guest

            I thought it was pretty clear from my first comment that I disagreed with your statement. I think that part of the reason that Ronaldo is so popular is because of his polarizing personality coupled with his ability. Marta is a player with flair and goal scoring ability you are seeking but those types of players I don’t find essential to making matches entertaining. I think the character of the matches themselves can determine whether or not it is enjoyable to watch, not flashy dribblers. In any case people go to matches to watch stars play and I think a player’s demeanor along with their ability determine how popular a player is. Alex Morgan is the only player in the league that moves the attendance needle significantly and it isn’t because she is a flashy dribbler.

            I whole heartedly disagree that Heath has a terrible attitude in the NWSL. She can be bratty and petulant at times but also works very hard and is passionate about her NWSL team. I don’t really agree that Heath, Morgan, Lloyd, Rapinoe or any other NT player act like their entitled.

          • thegirlnextdior

            oh yeah, the thrashing of tomato can teams is exciting, right. woso is in dire need of a female ronaldo, or messi. morgan is a popular player, she’s no great dribbler by any means.if anything it’s sad that fans only come out for the big name players, like morgan, heath etc.. NWSL would be very competitive when the NT players are away if there were a couple of dynamic players, and offensive threats. even on the National level, players w major skills are needed, since there are about 10 national teams that are legit.

          • Guest

            I never said thrashing ‘tomato cans’ was exciting. Again, I disagree that being an exceptional dribbler in WoSo is going to move attendance needles. There are some truly great players playing in the league right now with the NT players gone. I could make the argument that Kim Little is a top 3 player in the world but attendances to rise when Seattle goes on the road like it does when Morgan does. Pugh could be another but right now I doubt being a the next young talent in a fringe sport is enough to get more butts in seats. Morgan has that it factor. She’s the only WoSo player moving the club attendance needle right now.

          • Steglitz49

            American players pull in the fans in America. WoSo has a bit to go till international stars can pull in the punters with ease, not least in the US but also in other countries.

            Alexandra is not the Great nothing for nothing. As for players like Mallory, Ashley and the Flores twins, we have to wait 4-5 years before we see them in the NWSL.

            Kumi Yokoyama scored the 3-3 equalizer but how many Americans know her best known goal? Why would they? She is Japanese and scored it against North-korea. Who cares? Yokoyama, I guess.

          • thegirlnextdior

            Kim little doesn’t have the same success w her scottish national team. It’s obvious morgan rises attendance in the nwsl, because she’s the current face of woso.

          • Guest

            I do think the sport needs a Ronaldo and/or a “Villian”, if you will, at the top of the sport. I just don’t agree that flashy dribbling is the path to make matches more exciting. I find goals and matches with good tempo more exciting than any dribbler.

          • Steglitz49

            Ladies are slower than men and do not hit the ball as hard for obvious reasons. Therefore, the ladies game will always be slower than that of the blokes.

            Nevertheless, over the past 5 years we have had some truly exciting ladies matches at club as well as NT level.

            I put it to you that the players you miss are missing from the US line-up but seeing that the US keeps doing well at WoSo, the USSF are not too bothered.

          • Guest

            Slower is fine. Teams passing the ball around endlessly is just as boring as parking the bus from my perspective. Matches that have good tempo and have quality are good regardless. The Japanese ladies made the first match a lot of fun to watch and they play with a good tempo while looking to attack.

          • Steglitz49

            Japan did not become world champions nothing for nothing and then played in the next world cup final to boot. Because of what they give away in size — differences of 4″ and 20 lb — they must needs emphasize ball skills and vision and also acceleration.

            Nevertheless, it would be interesting to know the relative column inches that Seattle overseas players get: Kim, Jess, Manon, Naho and Rumi?

          • Frode

            Sure, biology dictates certain differences in absolute strength and foot speed between men and women, but it’s a mistake to hold women to a lower expectation when it comes to skill and quickness of play. There is no reason that women could not match men in these aspects of play.

          • Steglitz49

            The Nadeshiko showed us what ball skills and crisp passing and never giving up can achieve.

          • brdn08

            Nothing, unless aided by several injuries to the opposition and abosolutely horrid finishing by your opponents.

          • Steglitz49

            It seems that WC-11 has become the new Vietnam.

            Maybe one day Vietnam too will have a more than average WoSo team? If North-Korea can, why not Vietnam?

          • thegirlnextdior

            a couple of skillful dribblers in woso would make it more exciting, didn’t say it’s all we need. let’s put this case to rest pls, since you have obvious comprehension issues

          • brdn08

            I disagree about dribbling though. Bachmann is a show all by herself.

          • Steglitz49

            Unfortunately for WoSo — at least American WoSo — some of the greatest players of the past 5 years or so have been Japanese and the odd South-Korean.

            What you are truly typing is that US WoSo needs a player to go with Alex but of a different caliber.

            Someone who like Miyama or Necib can hit dangerous freekicks with aplomb. Tobin did that in the first NWSL Championship final but does not do it consistently.

            As for dribbling, maybe Mallory Pugh or Ashley Sanchez could sit by the poolside and share a drink with Kumi Yokoyama next Algarve.

          • thegirlnextdior

            Pugh is a fresh player, very exciting!!

          • Steglitz49

            Mallory will be playing college soccer for the next 4 years. The next big senior tournament for USWNT is WC-19 in France.

          • thegirlnextdior

            she’s playing in the U-20 WC in Papua New Guinea in November. She’s not missing out much

          • Steglitz49

            “Senior as in “the next big senior tournament” … What is the time-zone difference between the US and Papua New Guinea? Probably not as bad as to Europe, I guess?

          • Gary Diver

            The time zone difference between Papua New Guinea and ET is nearly 12 hours, which can be brutal especially when you are playing soccer in 90 F with 90% relative humidity.

          • Steglitz49

            Soccer is the world’s game. There may be reasons why cricket became the game of the empire.

            A 12h time difference is OK. Evening there = morning ET.

          • Gary Diver

            “Soccer is the world’s game.” Yes, but there are limits. A couple of weeks I was on a ship cruise around New England and met an Australian soccer fan who was an accountant who specializes in

          • Steglitz49

            I think one of the Nordic countries (Sweden?) bid to host but it went to PNG partly on the grounds of spreading the game further around the globe.

            As to whether it makes any sense climatewise etc I can’t comment.

          • Gary Diver

            I may be wrong, but this my understanding of what happened.

            Originally Soth Africa, Republic of Ireland, and Norway put in bids to host the tournament. FIFA awarded the games to South Africa but for some reason they reneged. Sweden and Papua New Guinea then offered to host U20 WC and FIFA in its wisdom gave the games to Papua New Guinea. Too bad Puerta Rico didn’t put in a bid.

          • Steglitz49

            Safety is a big concern, obviously — but where can you be safe these days?

            I guess the young ladies will be as safe there as anywhere if not more so. When you read about girls teams being harassed and sexually assaulted at competitions in the western world … . (In some cases, allegedly it had been going on for years but hushed up in the usual ways.)

          • guest

            1 v 1 take on players can certainly be more exciting to watch than endless perimeter parallel passing.

          • Steglitz49

            The exciting players have been around in WoSo for the past 5 year and still exist in WoSo it is just that they are not necessarily American nor white nor play in the NWSL.

            Provided Mallory and Ashley stick to their guns of going to college we have to wait 5 years or so to see them in club soccer. Maybe they could play as amateurs in the vacs for some exciting club?

          • Guest

            Also, you need to check your facts according to the NWSL stats page Heath is the most fouled player in the league with 22 fouls suffered. She does also foul back quite a lot which isn’t exactly unexpected given the edge she tends to defend with. Megan Rapinoe is another player who fouls a lot.

          • guest

            according to the nwsl stats page tobin heath is also the player who looks for the most fouls.

  • anonymous

    Ill praise Pugh after I see her at the OGs. Not yet.

    Is HOFCToDi aware that Press’ scoring rate is, I believe, BETTER than Alex Morgan’s? And she doesn’t even play forward most of the time? Numbers don’t lie

    • Steglitz49

      Alex Morgan scores the goals that count. Such goals are remembered. She is such a threat on the pitch that she pulls defenders out of position.

      • Gary Diver

        You are right. The memorable goals in crucial games are the goals we remember. Alex has earned her Alexandra the Great status.

        • Steglitz49

          If Alex were more at ease in front of a camera, she would be stratospheirc in the US. As it is, Alex is just a megastar.

          Nevertheless, provided she plays with a straight bat and her cards with aplomb, she could get the same exalted status as someone like Cruyff. Maybe she needs a new agent who can take her from the girl next door to the young woman.

          • Gary Diver

            I agree Alex still has upward potential. OG16 is going to be very interesting because so much is riding on who shines brightly. To the winners go the spoils of fame. It is the last kick at the big can until WC19 for these players. And the outcome of the equal pay dispute will partially depend on what happens in Rio.

            Watched the France-Canada game won by France 1-0 on a free kick goal. Tough defense and so-so passing on both sides. I expect low-scoring close games in the OG16 knock-out phase. To win gold, USWNT will need to win 3 consecutive close games.

          • Steglitz49

            I can’t see a team able to compete with the US. I know Sweden has been their bogey-man or bag-lady in the past but not this time round. Maybe, just maybe, Germany provided Neid lets their younger players off the leash like Däbritz, Petermann and Bremer.

            As for Alex, maybe Kristi Yamaguchi could be her model. Kristi wrote children’s books and before that started a charity for handicapped kids. But Kristi is more natural in front of the camera. They both married other sportspersons. Michelle Kwan married into wealth and political connections.

        • HOFCToDi

          FIFA Top Ten Ranked Opponents
          USWNT Goals Scored
          Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 8
          Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 3
          Johnston (DOB 06 Apr 1992) – 2
          Dunn (DOB 03 Jul 1992) – 2
          Horan (DOB 26 May 1994) – 2
          Mewis (DOB 09 Oct 1992) – 1

          • brdn08

            The gap widens even further when you list the actual teams. Germany, France, and Japan’s back lines have nightmares about Alex Morgan.

          • HOFCToDi

            The “Press Gang Troll Brigade” are really grasping at straws these days.

            Christen Press
            International Women’s Friendly
            9 Jul 2016
            USA 1 RSA 0
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 0

            foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26928

            Christen Press
            International Women’s Friendly
            5 Jun 2016
            USA 2 JPN 0
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 1

            foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26862

            Christen Press
            International Women’s Friendly
            2 Jun 2016
            USA 3 JPN 3
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 0

            foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26754

          • HOFCToDi

            The “Press Gang Troll Brigade” are really grasping at straws these days.

            Christen Press
            USWNT

            Algarve Cup
            2013 – 1 goal(s), 0 assist(s)
            2014 – 1 goal(s), 0 assist(s)
            2015 – 1 goal(s), 1 assist(s)

            SheBelieves Cup
            2016 – 0 goal(s), 0 assist(s)

            CONCACAF Women’s Championship
            2014 – 2 goal(s), 1 assist(s)

            CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
            2016 – 2 goal(s), 1 assist(s)

            FIFA Women’s World Cup
            2015 – 1 goal(s), 0 assist(s)

            Christen Press has only scored more than one goal in a tournament when the opponent was HAI (FIFA Ranking #65) or PUR (FIFA Ranking #103).

          • HOFCToDi

            The “Press Gang Troll Brigade” have failed miserably at the laughable propaganda to vilify any player on the USWNT roster at the expense of Christen Press since the conclusion of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

          • HOFCToDi

            The “Press Gang Troll Brigade” have failed miserably at the laughable propaganda to discredit and vilify any player on the USWNT roster at the expense of Christen Press since the conclusion of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

            Not once has Christen Press been named Budweiser Woman of the Match in calendar year 2016.

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/results-statistics

            ROFLMAO!

          • HOFCToDi

            I will laugh my ass off if Megan Rapinoe plays more minutes at Rio Olympics 2016 than Christen Press.

          • brdn08

            How embarrassing to be benched in the biggest tournament of your life…….wait, that already happened. And they proceeded to be better without her.

          • HOFCToDi

            Based upon the number of games started in calendar year 2016, the phase out of Christen Press has commenced.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press has never scored a goal against GER, ENG, SWE, JPN, BRA, PRK, CAN, NOR.

            fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/women/

          • brdn08

            Also important to note that tje only goal she has scored against France happened while their two best defenders, Renard and Georges were not on the pitch. That’s not a coincidence.

          • HOFCToDi

            Amel Majri did not start, as well for France in the final of the 2015 Algarve Cup.

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/tournaments/2015-algarve-cup/150311-wnt-v-fra#tab-1

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/35/00/eng_46_0626_ger-fra_fulltime_neutral.pdf

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/33/81/eng_46_0626_ger-fra_tacticalstartlist.pdf

          • brdn08

            Shhhhhhh……. the “Press Gang Troll Brigade” is not going to like this lol

          • HOFCToDi

            I will laugh my ass off if Megan Rapinoe plays more minutes during the knockout stage at Rio Olympics 2016 than Christen Press.

        • HOFCToDi

          Carli Lloyd (DOB 16 Jul 1982)
          USWNT
          Tournament Record
          Algarve Cup
          2007 – 4 goal(s)

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Algarve_Cup

          Christen Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988)
          USWNT
          Tournament Record

          Algarve Cup
          2013 – 1 goal(s), 0 assist(s)
          2014 – 1 goal(s), 0 assist(s)
          2015 – 1 goal(s), 1 assist(s)

      • HOFCToDi

        Poor Pressie Pooh! Back to the bench for you!

        ussoccer.com/stories/2016/07/23/00/01/160722-wnt-vs-costa-rica-lineup-notes

        Christen Press
        International Women’s Friendly
        9 Jul 2016
        USA 1 RSA 0
        Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 0

        foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26928

        Christen Press
        International Women’s Friendly
        5 Jun 2016
        USA 2 JPN 0
        Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 1

        foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26862

        Christen Press
        International Women’s Friendly
        2 Jun 2016
        USA 3 JPN 3
        Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 0

        foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26754

        Must be that three strikes rule for Pressie Pooh!

        Christen Press
        USWNT
        Tournament Record

        Algarve Cup
        2013 – 1 goal(s), 0 assist(s)
        2014 – 1 goal(s), 0 assist(s)
        2015 – 1 goal(s), 1 assist(s)

        SheBelieves Cup
        2016 – 0 goal(s), 0 assist(s)

        CONCACAF Women’s Championship
        2014 – 2 goal(s), 1 assist(s)

        CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
        2016 – 2 goal(s), 1 assist(s)

        FIFA Women’s World Cup
        2015 – 1 goal(s), 0 assist(s)

        Christen Press has only scored multiple goals in a tournament when the opponent was either HAI (FIFA Rank #60) or PUR (FIFA Rank #108). Neither opponent reached the knockout stage of the respective CONCACAF Women’s tournament.

        ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/tournaments/2014-concacaf-womens-championship/141020-wntvhai#tab-1

        fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/women/rank=547/concacaf.html

        ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/tournaments/2016-concacaf-womens-olympic-qualifying-championship/160215-wnt-v-pur#tab-1

        fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/women/rank=552/concacaf.html

    • Andrew Alberico

      Please watch Morgan carefully. She is an excellent passer. Extraordinary. She sets up the other players time after time. She does not do a good job of positioning herself for the final goal attempt. She should watch Christiano Ronaldo to learn more about that. He is amazing with that skill. Better than Messi. Press is a Ronaldo as far as positioning and getting into scoring position. She is excellent at that. But her passing and playmaking are not quite as good. Morgan is not going to score many goals. But she is going to set up other players to score. Watch carefully the next game. She also does a good job pressing the backline and keeping them from starting an attack.

      • Frode

        Insightful comments about these two strikers, and good argument for having them on the pitch together.

        • ARED

          Add that they both move so well -fast, smart, sneaky, and usually in cohesion (despite rare chances to play together).

          This is the biggest glaring error to using Lloyd -she is not fast, and not particularly smart or efficient with her movement….aside from final runs to attack crosses. And even beyond movement in possession, the USA pressures opponents into self-destructing more often then not when they play a fast, high pressing lineup. They just almost never do because Wambach and/or Lloyd have been at the core of the attack for so long.

      • Steglitz49

        Alex Morgan has many and various critical goals to her name as well as her marvelous eye for passing, as you note. She is one of the games mega-stars on the female side quite comparable to Messi, CR7 and Zlatan.

        Christen Annemarie does not have such an exalted status. She may well have a great career in broadcasting. She would have to truly excel in Rio to advance her claim to fame.

        • HOFCToDi

          Poor Pressie Pooh! Back to the bench for you!

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/07/23/00/01/160722-wnt-vs-costa-rica-lineup-notes

          Christen Press
          International Women’s Friendly
          9 Jul 2016
          USA 1 RSA 0
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 0

          foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26928

          Christen Press
          International Women’s Friendly
          5 Jun 2016
          USA 2 JPN 0
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 1

          foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26862

          Christen Press
          International Women’s Friendly
          2 Jun 2016
          USA 3 JPN 3
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 0

          foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26754

          Must be that three strikes rule for Pressie Pooh!

          USWNT
          2016 Calendar Year
          Games Started
          Lloyd -12
          Morgan – 12
          Heath – 11
          Dunn – 11
          Horan – 11
          Pugh – 10
          Brian – 9
          Long – 5
          Press – 5

          ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/stats

          Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

          ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

          ROFLMAO!

      • NYRick

        I agree with you completely on Morgan’s passing ability. It is extremely underrated. She is an excellent passer with great vision about two touches in advance.

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen Press will wear a yellow pinny, sit at the end of the bench, and keep her mouth shut.

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/04/06/20/56/160406-wnt-lineup-notes-us-wnt-faces-colombia-in-first-of-two-april-matches

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/06/03/00/20/160602-wnt-lineup-notes-a-rivalry-renewed-in-denver-solo-goes-for-shutout-no-99-closes-in-on-history

          Christen Press
          International Women’s Friendly
          9 Jul 2016
          USA 1 RSA 0
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 0

          foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26928

          Christen Press
          International Women’s Friendly
          5 Jun 2016
          USA 2 JPN 0
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 1

          foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26862

          Christen Press
          International Women’s Friendly
          2 Jun 2016
          USA 3 JPN 3
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots 2, Shots on Goal 0

          foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26754

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen Press will wear a yellow pinny, sit at the end of the bench, and keep her mouth shut.

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/04/06/20/56/160406-wnt-lineup-notes-us-wnt-faces-colombia-in-first-of-two-april-matches

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/06/03/00/20/160602-wnt-lineup-notes-a-rivalry-renewed-in-denver-solo-goes-for-shutout-no-99-closes-in-on-history

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/07/23/00/01/160722-wnt-vs-costa-rica-lineup-notes

          Christen Press has been overrun by the current youth movement:

          USWNT
          2016 Calendar Year
          Games Started
          Lloyd -12
          Morgan – 12
          Heath – 11
          Dunn – 11
          Horan – 11
          Pugh – 10
          Brian – 9
          Long – 5
          Press – 5
          Mewis – 4

          Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

          ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

          ROFLMAO!

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen Press will wear a yellow pinny, sit at the end of the bench, and keep her mouth shut.

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/04/06/20/56/160406-wnt-lineup-notes-us-wnt-faces-colombia-in-first-of-two-april-matches

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/06/03/00/20/160602-wnt-lineup-notes-a-rivalry-renewed-in-denver-solo-goes-for-shutout-no-99-closes-in-on-history

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/07/23/00/01/160722-wnt-vs-costa-rica-lineup-notes

          youtube.com/watch?v=fDauPadTV_E

          Enlighten us all to one completed pass from Christen Press to Alex Morgan in the first half of the second international women’s friendly versus Japan (05 June 2016). Please provide the match time stamp, location on the pitch where the pass originated, direction of the pass (forwards, sideways, backwards).

          github.com/amj2012/wosostats/blob/master/resources/how-to-log-location.md

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen Press will wear a yellow pinny, sit at the end of the bench, and keep her mouth shut.

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/04/06/20/56/160406-wnt-lineup-notes-us-wnt-faces-colombia-in-first-of-two-april-matches

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/06/03/00/20/160602-wnt-lineup-notes-a-rivalry-renewed-in-denver-solo-goes-for-shutout-no-99-closes-in-on-history

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/07/23/00/01/160722-wnt-vs-costa-rica-lineup-notes

          youtube.com/watch?v=fDauPadTV_E

          A laundry list of “screw ups” from Christen Press in the first half of the second international women’s friendly versus Japan (05 June 2016).

          03:21 DM3C Sideways Pass Incorrect/Incomplete
          07:51 AM3R Challenged/Dispossessed
          10:14 A18 Offside
          12:23 DM3L Challenged/Dispossessed
          15:03 AM3L Forwards Pass Incorrect/Incomplete
          20:30 A3C Challenged/Dispossessed
          24:46 DM3R Forwards Pass Incorrect/Incomplete
          43:08 A18 Sideways Pass Incorrect/Incomplete

          github.com/amj2012/wosostats/blob/master/resources/how-to-log-location.md

          A first half performance worthy of a seat on the bench.

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen Press will wear a yellow pinny, sit at the end of the bench, and keep her mouth shut.

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/04/06/20/56/160406-wnt-lineup-notes-us-wnt-faces-colombia-in-first-of-two-april-matches

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/06/03/00/20/160602-wnt-lineup-notes-a-rivalry-renewed-in-denver-solo-goes-for-shutout-no-99-closes-in-on-history

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/07/23/00/01/160722-wnt-vs-costa-rica-lineup-notes

          youtube.com/watch?v=JfOtV4zYzik

          A laundry list of “screw ups” from Christen Press in the first half of the international women’s friendly versus South Africa:

          00:36 A18 Shot Attempted/Missed (royal choke job)
          03:02 AM3C Sideways Pass Incorrect/Incomplete
          05:08 A3R Forwards Pass Incorrect/Incomplete
          19:08 AM3R Sideways Pass Incorrect/Incomplete
          21:22 A3R Challenged/Dispossessed
          26:35 A18 Sideways Pass Incorrect/Incomplete
          28:41 AM3R Forwards Pass Incorrect/Incomplete
          33:53 A3C Shot Attempted/Blocked

          github.com/amj2012/wosostats/blob/master/resources/how-to-log-location.md

          A first half performance worthy of a seat on the bench.

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen Press will wear a yellow pinny, sit at the end of the bench, and keep her mouth shut.

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/04/06/20/56/160406-wnt-lineup-notes-us-wnt-faces-colombia-in-first-of-two-april-matches

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/06/03/00/20/160602-wnt-lineup-notes-a-rivalry-renewed-in-denver-solo-goes-for-shutout-no-99-closes-in-on-history

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/07/23/00/01/160722-wnt-vs-costa-rica-lineup-notes

          Carli Lloyd (DOB 16 Jul 1982)
          USWNT
          Tournament Record
          Algarve Cup
          2007 – 4 goal(s)

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Algarve_Cup

          Christen Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988)
          USWNT
          Tournament Record
          Algarve Cup
          2013 – 1 goal(s), 0 assist(s)
          2014 – 1 goal(s), 0 assist(s)
          2015 – 1 goal(s), 1 assist(s)

          Algarve Cup – Best Player Award

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algarve_Cup#Best_player

          By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

          ROFLMAO!

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen Press will wear a yellow pinny, sit at the end of the bench, and keep her mouth shut.

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/04/06/20/56/160406-wnt-lineup-notes-us-wnt-faces-colombia-in-first-of-two-april-matches

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/06/03/00/20/160602-wnt-lineup-notes-a-rivalry-renewed-in-denver-solo-goes-for-shutout-no-99-closes-in-on-history

          ussoccer.com/stories/2016/07/23/00/01/160722-wnt-vs-costa-rica-lineup-notes

          Alex Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989)
          USWNT
          Tournament Record
          Algarve Cup
          2012 – 5 goal(s), 1 assist(s)

          ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/tournaments/2012-algarve-cup/120229-wnt-v-den#tab-1

          ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/tournaments/2012-algarve-cup/120302-wnt-v-nor#tab-1

          ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/tournaments/2012-algarve-cup/120305-wnt-v-jpn#tab-1

          ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/tournaments/2012-algarve-cup/120307-wnt-v-swe#tab-1

          Christen Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988)
          USWNT
          Tournament Record
          Algarve Cup
          2013 – 1 goal(s), 0 assist(s)
          2014 – 1 goal(s), 0 assist(s)
          2015 – 1 goal(s), 1 assist(s)

          ROFLMAO!

      • Paul Klee

        What Alex Morgan is doing best is she is occupying space leaving other space open. She draws a defender with her at all times. This opens up pockets of space for Pugh, Dunn and Lloyd as well as for runners from midfield and the full backs. She has excellent spacing.

      • ARED

        Both are great forwards with slightly different qualities. Press plays a better first-touch pass than Morgan at times, but Morgan passes better when off balance or after drawing defenders to herself.

        Similarly with shooting and finishing, some chances you’d favor one over the other, but really having both running free up top is a dream. The fact that the USWNT rarely uses them -a nightmare….lol.

  • thegirlnextdior

    I hope Pugh lives up to all the hype. Canada has both an 18 year old and 17 year old on the OG roster. Australia has multiple teenagers as well. We’ll see during the Olympics. She cemented her starting position, which is unbelievable.

    • ARED

      I believe she will -as long as we keep reasonable expectations of what that means. For example, I will be surprised if she actually starts all games (despite having clearly earned the position as you say).

      Also, don’t expect hat tricks or flashy plays -her best qualities are her ability (and willingness) to pass, and her reading of the game. She rarely forces plays, so “living up to the hype” might mean giving teammates the ball in great positions, which some people seem not to always notice/appreciate.

  • Gary Diver

    France beat Canada 1-0 in a close game. Again poor refereeing was out front for all to see. Canada was almost given an equalizing goal on a clearly off-side play. Fortunately the decision was reversed, but the referees almost stole the game from France.

    • MurderOnZidanesFloor

      While I know you probably meant poor officiating rather than refereeing, I feel I should point out its actually the case that the ref did the right thing (giving the offside), when the lineswoman made the wrong call by not raising her flag.

  • sudeep das

    A lot of articles disregarding Pugh’s importance as a starter. SHE has to start simply because the USWNT, especially the veterans, get impatient when they don’t get an early goal in. An early goal is, also, a good way to solve numbers behind the ball against an opponent that has bunker-ed down.
    Mallory Pugh is “the player” to get you an early goal either by her assists or her 1-vs-1 skills.
    The formula is out there for all – hustle the US right from the start and they will concede possession by going back to that long ball game built in their DNA. Pugh is one of those few players who won’t get rattled at all. She has to start.

    • I haven’t seen anyone say Pugh shouldn’t start. I agree with your thoughts, but I think it’s pretty much a given at this point that she does start.

      • mockmook

        A lot of people skirt the issue by only saying who should start (Heath, Pugh, Dunn, Alex, etc.). They don’t say how they will get all these players on the field at the same time.

        • Steglitz49

          It is because they all want their favorite player to have the prime role.

        • ARED

          Agreed….skirting the issue seems almost a defining quality of the USWNT and the media around it…lol.

          I’ll take a swing: play Allie Long behind 5 attackers/midfielders. Morgan, Press, Pugh, Heath, and Brian for me. Great players, smart players, versatile players, who think and play fast and for the team. O’Hara, Klingenberg, and Johnston as well, and Long knows how to magnify their qualities on the ball and avoid give aways.

          Dunn, Lloyd, and Rapinoe off the bench give you a killer team for me.

      • ARED

        I’ve seen and heard many suggestions/assumptions that Pugh will be off the bench -particularly from the “insider” media folks and USWNT broadcast media. In some ways it’s similar Press: Praise the player on and on about how great they are, how important they are, and then at the end sneak in how “it gives them depth”, or many times they simply avoid this all together when they should be saying “of course she’ll be on the bench, because “x,y, or z” will be starting”, which would then open up the discussion on whether “x,y, and z” *should* be starting…

        It’s sad really -for all the desire to raise the game and the profile of WoSo, we see very little critical analysis. Everything’s painted as roses, even to the point of denying the existence of thorns….

    • Guest

      The meltdowns of fan girls if Heath doesn’t start over Dunn…I don’t want to think about it

      • Steglitz49

        Fans (ought to) accept that there are horses for courses and that the head coach will pick the team she considers most the best fit to win. Winning is more fun than losing — the Veterans have confirmed that for us many a time.

  • Don Juan

    Curious about shakeups post OG. I do think part of the selection process is likeabilty and star quality, which almost all of these ladies have. Christen Annemarie, Alex, Tobin, hope, Pinoe, Jj and others are photogenic with that intangible “it factor”. Pugh has it too. Do mccaffrey and hinkle have it? Groom? I’m not sure

    • Adam

      Press in particular has Hollywood good looks. She could join the broadcasting world

      • Guest

        Press wrote a very nice blog in Sweden. Quite a thoughtful young lady. She should do more freelancing

    • Anonymous

      The “it factor” will probably keep leroux on this team for too long

      • guest

        next year would already be too long

        • guest

          you don’t perform for your club then you don’t play for the national team. that should be the standard for the vets.

        • Guest

          Dom is supposedly getting bought by a euro club

          • Steglitz49

            “Dom” = ?

          • MurderOnZidanesFloor

            Dom Dwyer, Sydney Leroux’s husband.

          • Steglitz49

            Dom Pérignon is probably a better known Dom

          • guest

            that is just comical. leroux spend over a year complaining she wanted to be traded to kc. and she might end up not even playing one game for kc despite everything they gave up to get her. unbelievable.

  • #1Fan
    • I have no problem with her playing for another 4 years.. as a club player. As a NT member, no. There is no way that can happen and still let the USWNT grow.

      • Steglitz49

        Given how much a USWNT player earns, any WoSo player with an ounce of sense carries on as long as possible to milk that cash cow. In the two lean years they earn about $150,000 and in the two fat years anything between $250,000 to $300,000 if not more.

        $250,000 puts you in the top 1-2% of US earners and even $150,000 is exceptionally good for a woman, even one with a college degree. Only top professionals and sales and marketing people bring home that sort of income.

    • Steglitz49

      Whitney Engen and Amanda Da Costa played for Liverpool Ladies, so why not Carli?

    • Guest

      I don’t expect Carli to say anything else. I expect US Soccer and the Coach to not select her when it becomes clear that she doesn’t have it in her anymore. Not, can’t play like Wambach but like Rampone who is no longer up to the quality required. Some may make the argument that her quality is lacking right now but I think she can still contribute in a substitute role. Of course that means she will play 90 in every game at Rio.

  • Rdalford

    Rumors on soccer discussions board of possible post OG USWNT match with Thailand being scheduled in September. The FIFA Women’s International Calendar for 2016 has an international match window (Monday 12th Sept – to – Tues 20th Sept) in September and the NWSL schedule also leaves the Sept 12-20 period open. So in theory, if the international match is scheduled within the FIFA 12-20 Sept calendar window, then should not be any additional disruption for NWSL teams.

  • guest

    now rapinoe isn’t going to play at all at the rio olympics until the end of the group stage at the earliest. disgraceful roster selection by the uswnt.

    http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/66/united-states/2016/07/26/25967602/rapinoe-expecting-to-sit-out-uswnts-olympic-opener?ICID=HP_HN_5