USWNT fans console Christen Press with dog photos

The Equalizer Staff August 14, 2016 151
Christen Press with her dog, Morena.

Christen Press with her dog, Morena.

Missing your team’s final penalty kick in a shootout, with advancement to the Olympic semifinals on the line, can be a crushing experience.

Christen Press found herself in that situation on Friday, when she hit her spot-kick over the bar on the United States’ fifth kick of the shootout. A couple minutes later, after overt gamesmanship from U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, Lisa Dahlkvist sealed the shocking victory for Sweden.

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Press wasn’t the only player who failed to convert in the shootout — Alex Morgan had her shot, the first of the shootout, saved by Hedvig Lindahl — but her inability to keep the shot on frame made for a particularly cruel spotlight. So U.S. fans on social media decided to do something about it.

The day prior to the U.S.-Sweden quarterfinal, PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Pets — unveiled an ad campaign headlined by Press and her family’s rescued dog, Morena, titled “Adopt, Don’t Shop!” It included the following video:

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So in an effort to console Press, fans started the hashtag #DogsForChristen, sending photos of their pups to Press. It purportedly started with this fan, and the replies snowballed in from fans, teammates and the women’s soccer community:

https://twitter.com/mPinoe/status/764530426862002176

https://twitter.com/arnimiii/status/764522892432445441

Press showed her gratitude on Sunday morning in her first tweet since the loss:

https://twitter.com/ChristenPress/status/764841008408371200

  • Paul Klee

    I obviously don’t know Christen but I am not sure if I was a teammate esp. one who did not take a kick I would be sending out a reminder to my followers of who missed a kick. But then again I don’t know Christen who might actually appreciate it.

    • TsovLoj

      You know, I think it’s important to demonstrate that we as fans aren’t fair weather, that we care about the USWNT for reasons other than that they win. We’re not tested on that very often.

      • Paul Klee

        I love the fan reaction. It’s Kling’s and Pinoe’s tweets that make me wonder.

        • Calci0

          Why, they are supporting their teammate. It’s not a reminder, it’s them showing they are a team through and through.

          • Paul Klee

            It’s also reminding everyone that they are the ones who didn’t miss the kick, but like I said they know Christen better.

        • One of a Kind

          Kling is probably Christen’s best friend on the team and Pinoe gets along with everyone. If anything, I think it’s a testament to their character as happy, caring individuals that are *trying* to show some type of understanding from the USWNT camp.

          After the loss, the only two players I saw console Press during various camera cuts were Kling and JJ. Personally, I too don’t like the reminder that Press missed the deciding penalty (it seems a bit counter-intuitive as you mentioned), but the merit behind it is noble.

        • FlyingSquirrel42

          I suspect they know her well enough that they wouldn’t do it if they thought it would in any way make this harder for her.

          • Paul Klee

            My thought is they really didn’t think about it. Thought it was a cool fan thing and just jumped on board. Also telling is to my knowledge no one else on the team posted. But again who knows, when I played team sports and messed up there were some teammates who could say to me “you suck” and I would have rolled my eyes and shrugged it off whereas if other teammates had said the same thing we would have been fighting.

  • g

    Where is this for Alex Morgan? Oh wait she can handle it.

    • Cc W

      Yup!

    • Kaley

      Morgan has never publicly given interviews about her confidence issues and how much she beats herself up when she makes mistakes.

    • TsovLoj

      Morgan put the ball on frame. That one’s as much a victory for the keeper as anything negative for Morgan.

      • newsouth

        daiana put the ball on frame against solo too. people still consider her a choker. on frame but not a good strike. it’s on ellis for not having them take penalties over the last 3 yrs vs wambach and lloyd padding their sats.

        • x

          Honestly I consider that Brazil coach a moron for putting Daiane in the PK lineup in the first place- she’d already had a real PK saved by Solo in regulation. You knew that was gonna happen as soon as she stepped up.

      • Guest

        Morgan’s was not deciding. And she does not stand to lose in the same way that CP does

    • Chak Khan

      She is the darlin’ of the fanbase so her PK miss is already forgiven or long forgotten. Not to say the loss does not affect her.

    • BigBadBossMan

      Keep hating. I don’t think Press even wants to be reminded of her miss. If anything this photo campaign is sort of negative it like makes it seem as though the loss was Press’s fault. It was not. The game was lost due to Rapinoe, Morgan, and Johnston. and Ellis.

      • x

        idiot

        • BigBadBossMan

          Excellent rebuttal friend

  • Cc W

    This is a cute response from the fangirls. Press is pretty tough on herself, so knowing she has support is probably good for her and speaks to the person she is. PK misses can be brutal – Carli knows all about that. I hope it makes her work harder so next time she makes it or at least get it on frame.

    • Chak Khan

      I hope we will do better next time to avoid PK.

      • BigBadBossMan

        Exactly… never should have come down to PKs obviously. That is the true issue, not the Press miss.

  • newsouth

    they both choked maybe people can send morgan sponsorship photos.

    • Steglitz49

      The goalie guessed right.

      • newsouth

        did the goalie guess right or did she telegraph her shot on approach? most times players telegraph the shot.

        • Steglitz49

          Lindahl has stated that she took an educated guess, whatever she means by that.

          • Chak Khan

            There was no need for any guessing. She was being “kind”.

      • Chak Khan

        Even on my 22 inch flat screen TV it was impossible to miss her lack of confidence which came poring out of her pores. Without any guessing a Thailand’s goal keeper could have stopped that ball by staring her down. Having said that I still believe she can be a better player provided her skills are properly utilized.

        • mockmook

          Press or Alex?

          • Chak Khan

            Press

        • BigBadBossMan

          Rolls eyes. Sure buddy. Totally believe you. In any case, Press did an amazingly better job than Morgan when she was actually allowed onto the field for 15 minutes.

          • Chak Khan

            It’s not her lack of ability; it’s her lack of confidence that screwed her over. And SWE goal keepers saw it brightly. This reminds me of Brianna Scurry at the WWC 1999 whereas she stopped a PK from a China player. She saw that player had no confidence as she stepped up the plate.

          • x2

            Alex scored the equalizer. What did Press do? You’re dumb

          • BigBadBossMan

            Alex was played the entire match Press for 15 minutes at the very end. Press played much better, Alex screwed up MANY chances.

  • Steglitz49

    Dogday afternoon?

    What hound is Blackstenius? Or Dahlkvist?

    The ref’s is a blind non-seeing-eye dog.

    As for Solo?

    • Peter

      Steg, you still incensed about the refereeing? Do I have to start a twitter campaign #HerringsForSteglitz to soothe you? … Wait Sweden is in semi-final. Shouldn’t that be enough?

      • Steglitz49

        No.
        For the good of WoSo these useless ref teams must be weeded out.
        Sweden had to play an extra 30 minutes.
        Sweden do not get the ranking points they deserve for a win while the US do not lose the ranking points for a loss.

        We must maintain pressure on FIFA to inject cash and coaching into WoSo reffing.

        • David K Anderson

          Then why not whinge about a ref screw-up that may have actually changed the result: that absurd non-call on Buchannan’s obvious DOGSO on Le Sommer?

          • Craigaroo

            I haven’t seen it. Roughly around the 10 minute mark?

          • MurderOnZidanesFloor
          • Guest

            Clear penalty and a card in my opinion. Tough for Les Bleus but I still feel as though they played very poorly and only have themselves to blame.

          • MurderOnZidanesFloor

            The card would have to be red too. I agree with your point though, no way did they do enough to say they deserved to go through. Such a waste of talent in that side.

          • Guest

            They really need to develop a proper striker. I don’t think their uncompetitive league does them any favors nor does Lyon’s tendency to import the top strikers that can be bought.

          • Lorehead

            Looks like a card to me, and I don’t think there was another defender just outside the frame keeping it from being DOGSO.

          • Steglitz49

            It is in the penalty box so must be a penalty plus at least a yellow card. Iwashimizu was sent off for a lesser infringement in the WC-11 final. OTH an American player got away with a bearhug in the box in the OG-12 final but so did JJ against Sweden.

          • Guest

            Diani was useless, playing Bussaglia in the midfield over Cadamuro and Lavogez was a mistake, same substitution patterns continued to not work but were continuously utilized, etc.

          • Craigaroo

            Thanks for posting this. Clear foul and penalty; however I can see how this could be difficult for the referee to see. The referee is probably on the opposite side where she may not be able to tell whether it’s Le Sommer or Buchanan who gets the touch on the ball.
            ¶ The next question, for me, is whether “getting the ball first” even matters here. And I’m not quite sure although Buchanan could be just late enough, from just far enough to side or behind, and that it’s dangerous enough (close to scissoring Le Sommer’s leg) that it could be a foul and yellow card regardless of “getting the ball first”.

          • brdn08

            getting the ball wouldn’t have mattered The challenge wasn’t clean and the contact continued well after the ball was gone.

          • Craigaroo

            Inclined to agree although for many people (I’m not one of them), going for the ball and getting it first makes a challenge a clean challenge so it becomes incumbent on us to explain why it is not.

          • Steglitz49

            Getting the ball first usually means no card and not a freekick or penalty, provided the ball is hit cleanly. I guess it is the interpretation of “cleanly” that matters.

          • skybolt

            Refereeing in the women’s game is absolutely atrocious. There’s no way of getting around this.

          • Ashley C

            Sort of like JJ vs Germany that should have been a clear red card. But at least Germany got a pen out of it.

          • Steglitz49

            I did not watch the match so I can’t comment. The Canadians on this site may. Noone is stopping them.

          • WOSO Fan

            It did look like a foul to me but Le Sommer had already established by her own actions that she was trying for a foul in the box (she was diving at every opportunity). She may have been her worst own enemy in this case.

            What is a bit annoying is all the focus on Buchanan as if her foul was the only referee error in the tournament. We all saw the winning goal for Sweden called back wrongly. Why not just focus on that and leave Buchanan out it. She didn’t even play in the match that all these discussions are about. The vitriol by some (certainly not all) USA fans directed at Buchanan and Canada in general is a bit over the top. I guess haters are gonna hate.

            Finally, soccer fans around the world saw Japan robbed of an almost certain Gold in the last Olympics because of a non-call against the USA. A lot of USA fans were concerned about Buehler’s penchant for fouling before the Olympics and their fears were justified. Buehler’s NFL style tackle on a Japanese player in the box should have resulted in an immediate red card and a PK for Japan. That was certainly the most egregious non-call in recent WOSO Olympic history.

          • Steglitz49

            Your point about the OG-12 final is well taken not least because the same ref gave a red card in the WC-11 final — against Japan. She also gave Japan a yellow card for good measure.

            The sad thing is that as the errors and their direction pile up, one can’t help but wonder if it really is chance occurrences.

        • Dennis Nguyen

          Blood Eagle for all refs who made mistakes. We will review all matches and if one mistake is found that match will be replayed until one match is error free. After each match, a review will be conducted within one hour after the completion of the match. If one mistake is found the match will be replayed immediately. Players will continue to play until a clean match, even if the players are physically unable to play due to exhaustion. It may take days and in the end, it may be just 1 v 1.

          • Steglitz49

            They made several, not just one. Knowing the laws of the game is a basic requirement, not an optional extra.

          • frosty

            I’m sure that will fly.

          • Chak Khan

            Then the length of the Olympics will be 3 years leading up to the WWC. The losing team will have a chance for a redemption. That will work.

  • Steglitz49

    There is a lot to be said for the stiff upper lip.

  • Bruce

    Football aside – you don’t see a lot of spontaneous acts of kindness on the Internet. Is a million times better than anonymous beat downs.

    Hope we can all enjoy this for what it is.

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    • No matter what it did or didn’t do for Press, it actually made me feel better about the loss, cause pups are the best. So thanks internet for cheering me up.

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  • Anon

    Someone tell me there is a new Alex Morgan in the pipeline so I don’t have to hear whining about christen press for another cycle

    • Guest

      Press is still our best forward with Morgan. The two of them v Japan was the best our offense has looked in a long time. So no, she’s here to stay.

      • Guest

        She gets a whole lot of defenders for someone who doesn’t produce many results and im pretty sure her appearance has something to do wirh ir. Its just annoying. No one whines about Pugh or Dunn because they produce. I agree her club play is good though.

        • Seany

          It’s really annoying when people complain about Press’s play for the NT, when the coaches refuse to play her at her natural position.

          • guest

            wah wah press fans crying she doesn’t get playing time yet others with limited minutes have produced

          • BigBadBossMan

            Such as? I dont recall any goals from anyone with limited minutes this Olympics. Press is screwed over by Ellis because of Morgan being a famous celebrity and everyone impartial KNOWS this. Morgan was great in 2011/2012/2013, not great since then. She stuffs chances ROUTINELY now. Press is a killer instinct and creates awesome goals. It’s a no brainer if we went on merit

        • NYRick

          What part of “she doesn’t start or get serious minutes for the national team” don’t you understand?

          And for the record, Pugh and Dunn now do start.

          • getoverit

            Wah Wah always poor press doesn’t get the minutes. Get a new tune. You make the most of what you get. Always some excuse making for this player. For the record I would have had heath take the last pk not Press.

        • ARED

          No one whines about Pugh and Dunn playing, or no one whines about them not getting to play?

          All 3 should be playing ahead of Lloyd. There is plenty of room on a team for 5 big attacking players (Morgan, Pugh, Heath, Press, Dunn). 4 as starters and one playing as a sub getting significant and consistent minutes. But when Carli Lloyd plays every second and is the focal point, you push everyone else to the side. No reason to nitpick over the players on the side when there is a bigger problem at the core.

          • HOFCToDi

            No one gives a damn about Christen Press.

          • ARED

            I’d imagine fans who wanted the USA to perform well might care a little bit about the performance of their midfield and specifically their CAM/withdrawn/floating forward…..And any possible players who could raise the level in that specific position -and most of all in how it relates to the team’s performance.

          • HOFCToDi

            Blah! Blah! Blah!

            Pick a new favorite to latch on to:

            allwhitekit.com/?p=15061#more-15061

            allwhitekit.com/?p=14973#more-14973

          • ARED

            I might ask *you* to pick a new favorite to latch on to, however I’d rather not see you take such odd vendettas against any player.

            Here I asked for clarification (which never came) to a comment about Pugh, Press, and Dunn. “No reason to nitpick over the players on the side when there is a bigger problem at the core.”….

          • HOFCToDi

            Nope.
            I have already stated the future of the USWNT is Pugh and Sanchez.

          • ARED

            (I meant a new favorite target to latch on to with your negativity)…..

            You also stated you thought Sanchez should be on the team now, because she played well in spots at U-20 competitions, while you hate Press and ignore her having played well for the majority of her senior career….

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press only shows up in meaningless international women’s friendlies against tomato cans.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press only shows up in meaningless international women’s friendlies against tomato cans.

            Christen Press
            2016 Summer Olympics
            Goals – 0
            Assists – 0
            Shot Attempts – 6
            Shots on Goal – 1
            Penalty Kicks Converted – 0

            Christen Press
            2016 SheBelieves Cup
            Goals – 0
            Assists – 0

          • ARED

            What would you do if Press was gone? I guess you’d have nothing to post here about….

          • HOFCToDi

            The future ……..

            Pugh
            Sanchez

          • ARED

            So you’ll suddenly only post positive, relevant, and rationale posts? ; P

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press is a LOSER.

            I’ll show you a WINNER even before the 2016 Rio Olympics:

            youtube.com/watch?v=h7I86zZ27N0

          • ARED

            So now you suggest Ledecky is a better choice than Press for the USWNT?

            I’d probably try Ledecky with Morgan before staying with Lloyd…..and Press might do better in the pool where no manager can keep her on the bench if her times are there. Ha.

            Swimming seems more suited to your posts -stats don’t lie when it’s just a clocked race. But in soccer, the beautiful game, there is so much more….

          • HOFCToDi

            It’s obvious you don’t have a clue who is a female international superstar.

          • ARED

            I’ve never even said I liked Press in conversation with you. I just make comments which negate your lines of thought and “logic” as you post all of those meaningless stats.

            Sometimes, since they obviously could be much better (without Lloyd), I ask why the USWNT doesn’t try other players/tactics/formations -including trying Press/Leroux/Holiday/ARod/Pugh/Dunn and even Heath as a partner with Morgan, either in as a forward or a free CAM/#10. That’s seven players, and I’ve probably suggested more. Yet you only ever comment about Press.

          • Steglitz49

            Too many seem to.

          • HOFCToDi

            The sycophants who comprise the “Press Gang Troll Brigade” don’t count.

          • HOFCToDi

            Enlighten us all on your global perspective. Who is the female international superstar, Janet Evans or Christen Press?

    • Alexis

      There aren’t better forwards as far as I can tell from nwsl. I’m not that familiar with the collge scene.

    • BigBadBossMan

      Press > Morgan

      • brdn08

        Nope

    • brdn08

      I’m hoping we get to see Savannah Jordan on the team.

  • NYRick

    Bill Buckner: “WTF?”

    • Lorehead

      Bill Buckner got a bum rap. Boston had already lost its lead, and their worn-out pitcher was not going to win the game for them in extra innings. Buckner made the last mistake, but he wasn’t the reason they lost.

      • FlyingSquirrel42

        I think this is probably true of most athletes who have found themselves the “goat” of an important game. We tend to zero in on the more dramatic mistakes – Press missing the PK, Laura Bassett’s own goal, Buckner’s error – but usually there are a dozen other plays that could have gone differently if somebody had played a little bit better.

        The Red Sox had two men on base with two outs in the tenth, and Jim Rice flied out to end the inning – if he’d instead driven in at least one run, Buckner’s error wouldn’t have decided the game. Why don’t we talk about that? Probably because flying out isn’t as unique as a first baseman letting a ball roll through his legs, but both are examples of subpar play and/or a player who could have made a positive difference for his team failing to do so.

        Honestly, I think fans could all stand to be a little more “chill” about sports in general. I know there was some talk about the supportive reaction to Bassett reflecting some sort of sexist double standard, and we’ll probably hear similar chatter about the reaction to Press, but IMO the WoSo fans are the ones getting it right and people calling for a player’s head over a single dramatic mistake ought to dial it down a little.

        • ARED

          I agree fans (and often players/coaches/etc) could stand to be more chill. But I actually seem to see a lot of scapegoating and over-simplified “analysis” in WoSo, especially from the US media. Press had a very small role in this match. Even Solo was not a big factor. But those are the two you hear about after the game. How did Lloyd’s play affect the game? How about Ellis’ moves? How about Sweden scoring a great goal? Or Dahlqvist beating Solo with class -again!

          Media and (some) fans want heroes and villains. Sometimes the “heroes”, or stars, are deserving. But often the villains/scapegoats/etc are not -it’s just the easy story to sell.

          • Steglitz49

            Can’t admit being outthought and outplayed.

            Makes me think of KC’s back-to-back Championships wins against Seattle.

          • FlyingSquirrel42

            Well, I think we’re hearing about Solo partly because of her latest foot-in-mouth incident, though I suppose GKs always get a little extra attention whenever there’s a penalty shootout. I’d agree that she didn’t really decide this game either way (though I was kind of rolling my eyes at the glove-changing thing). She did what most good keepers are expected to in a shootout – stop one of the five shots.

          • ARED

            Oh I agree -I know why these are the popular topics, but I am simply suggesting perhaps we should look deeper. Especially when it comes to actually assigning blame/responsibility for the loss. (Just like how simply praising the goalscorer after a win is very shortsighted as well).

            Solo must deal with the reaction to her comments, but I think Ellis might be a bit relieved Solo has thrown herself into the spotlight in a negative way at a negative time. The glove act bothered me more than the comments. That is classless, and might even be shameful or “cowardly”…. ; )

        • Steglitz49

          “Laura Bassett’s own goal” — the Brits wrote of this in their usual uninimatble fashion:
          — “Laura Bassett is the hero England’s Women’s football deserves. So we’ll mock her a bit, because she can take it. She has proven herself to be a silent guardian of the noble tradition, a watchful protector of English sporting disaster.”

          • HOFCToDi

            The torch has now been passed to Sweden’s Linda Sembrant.

  • Dennis Nguyen

    This is why we lose. Pampering losers. If you follow the Vikings TV series, anybody who lose a match for the national team should suffer the blood eagle, but only after doing the walk of shame, a la Games of Thrones. This is the only way to ensure that national team players understand what is at stake. This should be broadcast live nationally. Shame, Shame, Shame. One of you should be the new coach and have the honor of performing the blood eagle.

    • Lorehead

      Brianna Scurry did streak after one tournament, but it was one of the ones she won.

    • Observed

      These TV shows you mention glorify sociopath behavior as entertainment. It’s juvenile machismo at its worst.

    • BigBadBossMan

      o.O Press was actually one of our best players on the field. The problems were Rapinoe and Morgan and Johnston.

      • Guest

        You’re an idiot.

        • BigBadBossMan

          Excellent rebuttal

    • Steglitz49

      Democracy is the greatest export of the Vikings. It is their true legacy. Their democacy is why the rulers of other cultures feared them.

      The so-called “blood eagle” is consdiered to be an invention by posterity or at least a gross exaggeration of reality but most likely a figment of the imagination.

      • Frode

        Long live the Althing!

  • Anonyy

    People make more excuses for this girl than anyone and I’m pretty sure it’s because she is pretty and talks about having confidence problems. Dunn, Pugh, and Carli … Tbh even Horan step up and get results even when not playing “natural forward”. She’s the lolo jones of soccer.. Looks pretty, disappointing results

    • Mtm

      I hope press is done here. Nice girl but… That kick was just bad. She was bad the whole tournament. Develop some new forwards and Dunn and pew pew.

      • BigBadBossMan

        Ridiculous, when Press came in she was far better than Morgan. You people are insane

        • Andrew

          Alex played her heart out this game. She scored and Lloyd technically should have scored.’press just choked. Again. Soccer is a result game. If you just look pretty but don’t score you end up like … France.

          • ARED

            Lloyd should have scored when? On the header after fouling?

            France doesn’t choke -they play very well with the players and talent they have. Press didn’t choke, she played well in the random minutes she was on the field. You blame a player who played for 20 minutes for a 120 minute loss?

          • Guest

            That was not a foul. And she nailed her pk. If this girl looked like Abby …

          • ARED

            Which girl, I assume you’re implying people only like Press because of appearance not talking about Lloyd? (Speaking of whom, I’ll watch the foul/goal again….I have praised Lloyd as probably the best penalty taker in the world over the past 2 years -it’s her best skill I believe).

            So you’re implying that all parties: pro-USA, anit-USA, neutral, etc, only like/respect Press because of her looks, nothing to do with her career in NCAA, Damallsvenskan, USA pro leagues, or USWNT? Or that any of that matters in analyzing this QF match? Sorry, but my whole point is that the talk of Press is way overblown when compared to the role she has been given. There were 13 players considered more useful by Ellis than Press, so it seems we should be talking more about them, or about Ellis’ valuation of Press. But how much can you place on the shoulders of the “garbage time” substitute?

            Like how in 2007 USA players/fans/media blamed Hope Solo for the embarrassing loss -which she didn’t even play in! It should be about how players perform given their role in the hierarchy of the team, not on the easy or imaginary narratives (or even real drama) which take over. Press could have “stepped up”, but failed to. Ellis relying on her and Morgan in the crucial places instead of Lloyd seems shocking. Ellis relying on Horan and Press for penalties at all instead of Heath and Rapinoe seems risky. That’s the point. Ellis gambled a lot in that match, and lost in the end. Focusing too much on Press -the final pull of the lever -seems excessive.

          • Guest

            I stopped reading at “france doesn’t choke”

          • ARED

            So you concede due to a lack of interest in opposite opinions or commonly agreed upon facts…?

            People on this site and in the States love to rip Bouhaddi and Le Sommer as being bad, unreliable players. Most agree Solo and Morgan (if not Press, or Lloyd, or several others) are among the very best in the world.

            Yet when USA beats France by tiny margins thanks to Solo making huge saves, it’s because “france chokes”?

        • x

          Press was horrible and you are an idiot to say she was better than Morgan. I guess constant sky balls is the new better. Just dumb

          • BigBadBossMan

            Constant sky balls? Someone is drinking the kool aid

    • BigBadBossMan

      You think Lloyd is better than Press. Your opinion is invalidated

    • Jane

      LOL at Lolo Jones of Soccer

  • BigBadBossMan

    I’m not a fan of this, it makes it seem like Press is at fault for the loss and needs consoling. It hides the true problems…. AKA Morgan’s total inability to score, Rapinoe being subbed in for no apparent reason, Heath being moved totally out of position, the Johnston error leading to Sweden’s goal, etc.

    • Jane

      No. JJ and broon were being asked to do the impossible. Kling and Long lost their starter spots IMO. Everyone else was mediocre to good. IMO Alex fell in the good category… She is too isolated up there.

      • skybolt

        The one thing I would’ve liked to see Becky do on the Swedish goal was to take a yellow by grabbing a shirt or something. You know that Fischer would’ve done that on the opposite end.

        • ARED

          I’d say before that she could have been positioned in place to defend her! I think sometimes the USA defenders suffer from so rarely being tested by top opposition, that when the face it they aren’t always used to it.

          Long played a ball forward which was fine, but it didn’t stick (with Morgan I believe). Sweden played for the quick counter, which should be fine -after all you have two CBs against a single striker. But Sauerbrunn probably didn’t have enough fear of the potential danger, and the gap was too large between her and Johnston.

          Then yes, in WoSo you are better of chopping someone down from behind and assuming you’ll be in the 90% who get away with no card at all, then allowing an exciting break to proceed.

        • Steglitz49

          It could have been a red card — like Iwashimizu’s in the WC-11 final.

          • skybolt

            I doubt it since Johnston was still the last defender. Iwashimizu was the last defender in the Japan match. Even in that situation, I thought she made a great play without looking to injure Morgan. It was a key professional foul required to preserve the tie.

      • Guest

        Dunn was great and when Pugh picked up the ball in the space where a #10 should be, she was great also.

    • skybolt

      Morgan being called out for the missed pk is fair game. She should’ve done a lot better than that and looked completely nervous. However, the “Morgan’s total inability to score” comment is going way too far IMO. So what you’re basically saying is that she needed to score at least 2 goals against a strong opponent camped out in their penalty box area for 90 minutes. The one true chance she got in the game, she converted on. Morgan was tightly marked by Sweden, just like Messi in the WC, where it was impossible for him to get a clear shot on goal in the knock-out stages.

      Personally, I think the main reason we lost was due to lack of strategy to break down the Swedish defense, players taking wild shots from outside and missing the goal by 5 feet, and completely wasting multiple corners and free kick opportunities (Rapinoe was very wasteful in particular). We had no imagination in this game whatsoever and that’s on Ellis.

    • guest

      At least Morgan scored the equalizer or there would have not been pks so much for Morgan’s inability to score lol. She did her job and at least her pk was on frame. It was saved but on frame.

      • BigBadBossMan

        Her equalizer came after she was on the field the entire match as always unlike Press who is given at most 15 minutes to do everything. Morgan got a super lucky goal btw did you actually watch it, it was a defense error actually. Press created as soon as she was finally brought on

  • newsouth

    To S49

    She telegraphed the kick. Listen closely. It was a guess. Both Press and Morgan were not equipped. Shame on Eliis and the coaching staff. Go look at the Daiana kick against Solo. Both are telegraphed and high.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BO9A9CK0os

    • Breakers fan

      Not that I know for sure but my analysis of the Press PK is the following: It looked to me like she tried to “show right” — by, as she approached the ball, keeping her hips somewhat open, indicating a shot to Press’ right, the keeper’s left. This tactic, if I’m reading it correctly, did succeed in fooling the keeper, as she did go to her left, and Press’s right. But then Press, as she had planned in advance, pulled the switcheroo and then tried to go back left with the shot. She had the keeper fooled enough so that if the ball had been on frame it would have scored, as I saw it, but in swinging her body back around to kick it to the left at the last second didn’t have much time and space left at that point and in coming back around she got caught leaning back enough to send the ball flying over the goal. As I see it Messi’s PK in the Copa America final was very similar. He succeeded in fooling the keeper by making it look like he was going to go one way but then he didn’t have enough time to get back around and keep his body over the ball sufficiently as he kicked it, thus the ball skying over goal.

      So, if that’s what happened it was a technical error. She didn’t execute the shot fully, though the first half was a success – get the keeper to go one way then kick it the other. It’s not easy to do what she tried and it’s something that I would think takes a lot of practice, and we don’t know how often she’s practiced that shot/technique. In the end it’s 1 missed PK – exactly equal to every other missed PK by any other player. It was in a critical spot but one can say that every spot is equally critical as they each just count for 1 miss or make.

      Morgan’s shot – I’d like to know if Lindahl felt she telegraphed it. Hard to know these things.

      • Steglitz49

        When a player, who is a proven clutch player, has a penalty saved, it is unfortunate. When a player, who has a reputation for choking, misses a penalty, it macks of carelessness.

        It is incomprehensible for a free coach to chose Christen to take a 5th penalty.

      • Ethan

        Breakers fan, Morgan’s gone to her left (keeper’s right) on all penalties I’ve seen on video (one for Cal in her senior year, against Harris, against Cameron, against the keeper in Orlando’s first preseason game, and now against Lindahl). Lindahl may have been wondering if Morgan would switch it up, but diving to her right was the sensible move based on Morgan’s available history.

  • Steglitz49

    By now everyone has seen the support after the ladies 100m freestyle final, how a distraught Cate Campbell was hugged by her rivals Sjöström and Ottesen.

    That support started before Campbell was even out of the water, not from fans but her sprint rivals, Swedish great Sarah Sjöström and Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen. Sjöström bent down to her knees to comfort the distressed Campbell, while Ottesen put her hands around her face.

    Sjöström took an unexpected bronze in the race to go with her gold medal in the 100m butterfly. Instead of celebrating, Sarah turned her attention to Campbell, who she expected would not only win but go close to her own world record.

    No electronic dogs there.

  • Really?

    I don’t like when people act as if these ladies can’t handle the difficult parts of being a footballer. As if they need to be taken care of. They need pictures of cute dogs and kittens to help them deal. It gives the impression that they are fragile little girls that can’t handle difficult moments. If you wouldn’t care to make a hashtags and send adorable picture to Chris, don’t do it for Christen if you know what I mean.

    • skybolt

      Yeah, I agree. You can look at the missed pk’s 2 different ways. Either the players who missed their shots lose even more confidence and feel sorry for themselves, or get back on their feet and practice taking pk’s like never before, so they can spray the goal at a high percentage no matter which way the keeper goes. I think Lloyd did a good job of this after badly missing her penalty kick in the 2011 WC. It’s sort of like always walking on egg shells and being tentative in anticipation of losing your job. However, once the inevitable occurs, most of the time you’ll just say screw it, it happened and it didn’t kill me. I’ll just find another job and not worry about it so much next time.

      • Really?

        I tried to put myself in her shoes and I would be VERY embarrassed. It’s like “It’s okay that you screwed up Press we still love you!” “Hey EVERYONE TELL PRESS it’s okay she screwed up and we still lover her! ” “Look at the little doggies that you love Press!” Wow… it’s definitely patronizing.

        • Frode

          No more patronizing than the outpouring of support for Laura Bassett after her own goal in the World Cup. I don’t think anyone is downplaying the magnitude of Press’s screw-up. They’re just being supportive of a USWNT player.

        • skybolt

          Exactly. Especially considering that some of the best soccer players in the world (Baggio, 3 German players in the Euro Cup, Marta, Morgan, Lloyd, Messi, etc.) have missed penalty kicks in do or die situations. If I were her I’d be pissed.

  • kernel_thai

    The main problem here is the dog in Christen’s life is Jill Ellis.

    • BigBadBossMan

      For sure

  • Lol

    Well she did look like a scared child going up to take that pk so…

    • BigBadBossMan

      Wow. Totally out of line.

  • Williegsandidge4

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  • Reality

    Excellent commentary by Charles Olney at SB Nation which puts #DogsForChristen in proper perspective…

    http://www.starsandstripesfc.com/2016/8/15/12479966/dogsforchristen-christen-press-everything-good-about-sports-fandom