Ohai’s career progression reaches USWNT camp

KP Palmer October 14, 2016 229
Kealia Ohai's torrid second half for the Dash has her on the verge of a maiden camp for the United States (photo courtesy: Michael J Cox)

Kealia Ohai’s torrid second half for the Dash has her on the verge of a maiden camp for the United States (photo courtesy: Michael J Cox)

A stats sheet might tell you about an athlete’s skill, a roster profile might tell you about their collegiate pedigree, and where they fell in the NWSL draft might tell you about their potential, but none of these represent an athlete’s resolution to progress. After her third year in the NWSL, Kealia Ohai is doing just that.

By the time the 2016 season came to a close, the Houston Dash forward had tied with Lynn Williams as the highest league goal-scorer, earned honors as part of the league’s Best XI team, and made the senior U.S. women’s national team camp roster for the October friendlies (18 of 24 players will be rostered for each of two friendlies). When she discusses her growth over the last three years, the 24-year-old Utah native speaks to the lessons she’s learned in developing leadership skills, managing frustration, and staying focused on objectives for club and country.

One such opportunity for growth was taking on the Dash’s captaincy this season. Ohai acknowledged that picking up the leadership role from Carli Lloyd (who would be intermittently absent from club play due to Olympic obligations) was an honor but a challenge.

“Stepping in as captain was exciting but also interesting for me because I still see myself as one of the younger players,” she explained before going on to add, “[being captain] takes some tough love, but it also takes knowing your teammates and being able to adapt your leadership and support to different types of players.”

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Ohai and her team’s resolve was further tested as the Dash struggled in their third season, ultimately landing in 8th place. The “ebbs and flows” of the Dash’s season, one which saw a record six consecutive games without a goal, was “extremely frustrating,” according to the former North Carolina Tar Heel. “Sometimes it was so frustrating it was almost unbearable.” Houston’s last game against Seattle was a match she highlighted as a particularly good example of the team’s struggle. On her personal 11 goals of the season she noted, “scoring goals is great, but the thing that really matters is whether the team is winning and getting results…one thing we can improve on [in 2017] is elevating the level of our intensity. We are going to try to do that from the first practice.”

Resolution in the face of frustration has been a theme in Ohai’s personal career over the last few years as well. Her journey from the 2012 U-20 national team — which won the World Cup that year — to the first call up for the senior U.S. team was challenging at times, but she accepts that it is part of the process.

“I look at that period of time, I look back, and feel that now is the time it was meant to happen,” she tells The Equalizer.

It is hard to ignore the serendipitous footnote that the October 19 game is being held in her home state of Utah, a place she credits with having a great soccer culture in addition to her family and friends.

“She has completely benefited from having the league, having these opportunities to go against good players and prove her worth,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. “A long time ago, Kealia when I first took over came in. We had a U-23 [camp] combined with the women’s team so I saw her there, and she didn’t perform very well. So I kind of had an early look at her and I think the message was that you’ve got to stand out in that environment.”

The ability to adapt and progress seems to be a quality of particular interest for Ellis as she gives these young standouts a chance in the friendlies.

“It’s not just where they are now, it’s where they can end up. That’s the important thing.”

  • AlexH

    Nice picture. I guess we will have the Ohai Brigade soon joining the Press Gang beating the drums for their favorite player.

    • Steglitz49

      Nice? Great, I say.

    • newsouth
      • guest

        fabulous new photos have emerged of her and tobin dancing at tobin’s sister’s wedding

        • sam

          as good as the arm in arm photos at Press’ naked photoshoot?

        • Chak Khan

          Who cares. REAL and more important question: Can and will she score goals at SBC and WWC19?

          • Steglitz49

            Hear hear! But, do you mean Tobin or Christen?

          • Chak Khan

            The latter.

          • Steglitz49

            Unlikely. Tobin might, if she has not hung up her boots by then.

          • guest

            I doubt Press will be capable of “blessing” her, so how do you see her hanging up her boots?

        • Tiggybeaar

          Is it true Heath and Press are together? Someone please tell me if this is accurate. Thanks!

          • Guest

            yes

        • Steglitz49

          Where are they?

        • Ana Silva

          shareeeeeeeeeeeee

      • HOFCToDi

        Christen Press is the queen of garbage time and tomato cans.

    • HOFCToDi

      Kealia Ohai won a FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

      youtube.com/watch?v=2K9Z79VpnsY

      • Steglitz49

        Christen Press scored int eh final of the Swedish cup when her team Göteborg retained the cup defeating her future team Tyresö. In fairness, Yael Averbuch, Camille Levin and Ingrid Wells all played for Gbg too.

        • HOFCToDi

          No one gives a crap about a second rate European league.

          • Steglitz49

            Sweden bombed the US out of OG-16, delivering them their worst exist ever from a major intercontinental tournament. Sweden also beat USA in WC-11 but luckily for the US it was in the group stage. Likeiwse, Sweden tied with the US in WC-15, again in the group stage.

            Glasshouses spring to mind.

      • atalba

        Ohai was a one of the top forwards in the country throughout her youth and college years. Starting every college conference game for 4 years at UNC and YNT competition made her a natural for the pros. But her game dropped off. It’s no surprise she’s found her game in the NWSL THIS YEAR (took a few). She can bring it on the wing and contribute, but I’d say she still needs to improve with consistency to be a contributor on the NT. She’s a good callup.

        Players get burned out in their teens. She played a ton of soccer without any rest. I wonder if she just needed some off-seasons.

        • HOFCToDi

          Kealia Ohai is 24 years old.

          The USWNT coaching staff has approximately 30 months to name the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup roster.

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_FIFA_Women%27s_World_Cup

          30 months is an eternity in the world of sports.

          • atalba

            Good point. I’d say she needs to continue improving and scoring to stick. She played 4 years with Dunn in college and with the YNT. Maybe there’s a synergy that elevates her game further with Dunn. Although she’d have to play central (as she has done all her life) or opposite Dunn on the wing.

          • HOFCToDi

            Ohai – DOB 31 Jan 1992
            Dunn – DOB 03 Jul 1992

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/latest-roster#tab-1

            Ohai is a flank attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 tactical formation or a winger in a 4-3-3 tactical formation.

          • Steglitz49

            Your point is well taken. Here are a few more DOBs for your edification and contemplation:
            Blackstenius 05-Feb-1996
            Däbritz 15-Feb-1995
            Leupolz 14-Apr-1994
            Iwabuchi 18-Mar-1993

          • mockmook

            “Although she’d have to play central (as she has done all her life) or opposite Dunn on the wing.”

            More nonsense. I don’t know why you only see her in one role — she has proven adaptability.

            http://drawformation.com/post/57df0b70c0cf1/sm-57df0b70c0cf1.png

          • atalba

            You’re a complete idiot. I know her chances are at wing. I think she could have chemistry with Dunn. Ido know she is a scorer,and has been in her past. I watched her at UNC. She-s had a rough start to her pro career, an even not a great senior season. I think she has potential. I didn’t last year. Pick on the other idiots.

          • DNG

            That’s a good spot for Ohai. I think it’s a good spot for Dunn as well. I’m not sure Pugh and Dunn are good enough finishers to spearhead the attack.

          • Steglitz49

            Size is against Ms Dunn and unless miss Pugh grows a bit more, it is a weakness for her too though not quite as bad.

          • DNG

            I disagree that scoring is what is going to be the deciding factor in whether or not she sticks. She needs to be proficient playing in congested areas if she is going to play up front. I’d play her and Dunn as wingbacks in a 3-5-2 where that is less of an issue. She seems to be a good enough finisher when she is countering but I don’t see the dynamic attacking play when there is less space and her speed is less of a factor.

          • atalba

            “…improving and scoring…”

          • DNG

            I don’t think the scoring is as essential as the other piece. Heath barely scores at all but plays because she is good at linking the midfield to attack. Like Dunn I think Ohai can be an excellent player for the NT if utilized correctly.

          • atalba

            But she is a scorer, a finisher, and a good one, and has always been, except for the last year or so.

          • Steglitz49

            Wherever Ms Ohai plays, she had better make an impact at once, lest JE will conclude that she was right in leaving Kealia off the NT.

            Kealia can not afford to be anemic against an NT like Romania if she wants to be starting in the SheBelievesCup or whichever will be the big games for the USWNT in 2017.

          • DNG

            So were Rampone and Kelley O’hara early in their careers. I don’t think the NT needs Ohai to score goals. If she adds some here and there great, but it’s not what I would place the most value on if I was evaluating her. I don’t think it will be the most important thing to Ellis either.

          • Steglitz49

            The USWNT needs something because 2-2 against Colombia and then being dismissed by Sweden reeks to high heaven.

        • anon

          she is a winger, not a forward. she is proven to be awful at forward if you watched the NWSL . she can only play on the left side so she is competing with Heath, Pugh and Rapinoe. it is an uphill battle

          • kernel_thai

            She plays both sides equally well and here’s a shocker for a US attacker, she uses both feet. Of her 11 NWSL goals 6 were with the right and 5 with the left.

          • HOFCToDi

            2016 NWSL Season

            Press – 7 goals, 1260 minutes
            Press – one goal every 180 minutes
            Ohai – 11 goals, 1622 minutes
            Ohai – one goal every 147 minutes

            Note: goals scored does not penalty kicks

          • atalba

            She had a good season on the wing, which is good. She’s a proven forward with a not-so-good-few years. I’m not saying she should be expected to bounce back in the middle, but that’s what got her here.

          • DNG

            Her ball control isn’t good enough to play as a center forward unless the team’s offense is primarily from counters out of a 2 forward set. She essentially played on the wing this year for the Dash except while the team defended. In their defensive shape she stayed high in case there was an opportunity to counter. Out wide is where her skill set will be best utilized for the NT.

          • atalba

            I agree. It’s where she has shown she can make it, especially this last year. She got to this point by doing what you say she can’t do. We’ll see if it matters, or if she even gets a chance again.

          • DNG

            It doesn’t work against competition that are prepared to deal with her speed and know how to disrupt her play. Look at how Portland stopped her and the Dash at the end of last season. They pressured her back before she could get faced up and she couldn’t turn from the pressure.

          • Steglitz49

            That is true for any fast player facing a fast defender like Jessica Samuelsson.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you for the explanation. But. An injured Pinoe went to OG-16 instead of a fit Kealia. Hmm?

            Also, Kernel_Thai has a different take on her and assessment from yours.

          • mockmook

            “she can only play on the left side”

            nonsense

          • Steglitz49

            Indeed. The left side is harder than the right side because most players favor their right foot.

            That is the reason why the #10 shirt became so coveted because it was worn by the inside left, which was considered the most difficult position to play.

          • AlexH

            However, inverted wingers are all the rage right now so I think the left / right footed wingers are on more even footing so to speak.

            One of the differences between woso and broso is that the gals are far behind in putting in hard driven crosses which means that the wingers often need to turn inside to threaten the goal. Once you do that it doesn’t matter as much which foot you use the most.

          • DNG

            Even driven crosses that are long(outside the 18) are not high percentage scoring for men. Crosses and cutbacks from inside the 18 are converted at a far greater percentage. WoSo wings are really not very good at turning inside and whipping shots on goal either. Many don’t have the strength in their hips and ball striking ability to threaten the goal from areas that Robben does.

          • AlexH

            True enough. In woso the wingers will by necessity need to come inside which means that the rest of the players need to be aware of the space that they are vacating so the team isn’t vulnerable to a counterattack. This is where coaching comes in, and where we were sadly lacking as the WNT has been getting scorched in the counter.

          • DNG

            I think the US are primarily getting scorched on the counter because Sauerbrunn and Johnston are slow. Johnston both with foot speed and reading the game(see Sweden goal) against the NED they were seemingly trying to play out of a back three in possession and both CB went to pressure the ball and Kling got burned. Klingenberg wasn’t really in position to cover for that circumstance though since the WB’s typically push up in possession. I attibute that goal to more of unfamiliarity in the position from both Sauerbrunn and Johnston. In both cases multiple defenders got beat by one attacker.

          • guest

            Is a winger a midfielder or a forward who plays on the outside? I would say Ohai is the latter, since she’s best when she’s attacking the goal.

      • Frode

        Press never played for the U-20 team. You might as well say “Christen Press won a FIFA Women’s World Cup unlike Kealia Ohai.” Drivel.

        • mockmook

          HoF is a Chronic Drivel carrier.

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen Press rotted on the bench in the semifinals and final of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. 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

          Kealia Ohai scored goals in the semifinals and final of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

    • kernel_thai

      I will gladly volunteer as treasurer for the Ohai Brigade but she needs to perform in the upcoming friendlies before we start designing a Brigade logo.

    • dw

      That is quite a picture. No other picture of her is anywhere near as fetching.

    • dw

      Ohai doesn’t even have a cap and she’ already a better finisher on the NT level than Press…

  • anon

    meh, not sold on her at all yet

    • kernel_thai

      Ohai is an intangibles kind of player. Lot’s of coaches make great use of these types of player by giving them a role that fits their strength. Ellis doesnt strike me as that kind of coach. Ellis has to be hit over the head with stuff. Best thing for Ohai would be grabbing a goal cause that seems to get Ellis’ attention

      • Paul Klee

        Or a couple of assists to Carli, that might do the trick?

      • rkmid71

        Intangibles are undervalued.

        • DNG

          That’s because they are notoriously difficult to place a value on. I don’t think they are as important as tangible generally speaking but they can be important.

          • Steglitz49

            The only “intangible asset” in soccer would appear to be vision (aka soccer IQ or all round awareness). That is not so hard to evaluate by observing players.

            Americans like to have hard number stats including %. Asssit might be one such. SOG:Shot-ratio another. Number of offsides or offsies/goals. I don’t know that you can enumerate vision.

          • rkmid71

            Yes, but I would add team attitude, effort, will to win, commitment, willingness to sacrifice, spirit. Do they play with heart, with every fiber of their body? Do they give everything they have and never give up? Do they play with a togetherness with their teammates? That’s when the sum becomes greater than the individual parts.

          • Steglitz49

            You generally only see those in matches that matter, like tournaments — the US qualifying matches being walks in the park. Thus it is a Catch 22 — if you don’t get picked for matches that matter, how can coaches notice?

            Of the 2012:ers, Kealia can feel hard done by. How did that happen? Who kept her out of the NT? In WC-15 it was the Veterans for sure but in OG-16?

          • rkmid71

            The real players bring those things in all matches, friendlies, in practice, training. It’s not just a sometime thing. I won’t speculate about why Ohai did not get more opportunity before now. No doubt she’s not the only one that’s effectively been kept out…but possibly one of the more obvious. Based on excerpts of Lloyd’s book that I’ve read, she also might have been in a similar situation back in the day. That whole culture has to change if we care about having the best team possible. If not, if it’s all about certain players and not the team as a whole then it’s hard for me as a fan to really care as much. Many of the players seem to behave like it’s about them, rather than the team. It’s like they are conditioned with an individual showcase mentality so prevalent in the college recruiting scene, as if that behavior was rewarded and is what got them there and now they can’t change. To be a real team requires trust … which seems to be in short supply.

          • Steglitz49

            It is hard to ignore how much more a USWNT player earns than the crew of the NWSL. Add to that, that the big endorsements go to the NT players too, the gap is a chasm.

            No doubt NT players in England, Germany and Australia earn more too but the gap is not as wide. It is hard to see this not affecting the dynamic.

            In addition, it seems that parents in the US has spent more helping their girl play soccer. Granted, this has sometimes been rewarded with a college place and often at least a partial scholarship, but maybe the young women feel it on their shoulders. Being in the NT means not relying on your parents helping you make ends meet.

            Maybe in Europe that plays out at the club level. The pride parents and relatives feel when their girl gets to pull on the first team jersey of one of the glorious soccer clubs or, even better, plays in the FA cup final at Wembley or in the Champions League final.

          • rkmid71

            The gap is a chasm, while the performance is more like a thin crack, if at all. Why would those players work their rear off and risk injury, etc for nothing $ wise. For the hope that their performance is noticed by NT coaches and that they can realize their dream — while the NT players through the USWNTPA systematically restrict competition for those spots and demand top compensation in the league regardless of club performance? I would say that would affect the dynamic.

          • Steglitz49

            The new CBA/MOU may put an end to all that. If the U20s bomb as well, all power will be with the USSF.

          • DNG

            The sum are still limited by the individual skill of the parts. This is evident in every single professional sports team. Only if the talent is close enough to being equal do those thing really come into play.

          • rkmid71

            That’s what I’m talking about — what separates great teams from among many talented teams. There are lots of talented teams. And do you consider the San Antonio Spurs the most talented NBA team — yet they are consistently one the NBA’s top teams with multiple championships to prove it.

          • DNG

            I consider the Spurs one of the most talented teams in the NBA. I didn’t expect them to be able to beat Golden State or OKC last year though as I think those teams had a talent advantage last year. NBA is one of those sports where talent usually comes out on top. I guess the exception was the NBA finals last year but Curry getting hurt and referees allowing the Cavs to rough him up certainly played a part in their loss.

          • rkmid71

            What’s your definition of talent? Are you talking only about physical tangible characteristics? I would argue Lebron James is among the most talented players in the NBA — and not just physically, he has one of the highest basketball IQs in the game. That’s what makes him great and separates him from other physically talented players. Similar with Tim Duncan.

          • DNG

            Ability on the floor. Basketball IQ, offensive ability, defensive ability are all part of it. I think Lebron James is the most talented player in the world but on the scale I think the Warriors had more overall last year. I doubt the Cavs win three if Draymond doesn’t get suspended(it was deserved).

          • Steglitz49

            Marta.

          • AlexH

            A semi-tangible asset is how hard players work off the ball. Statistically a player will possess the ball for 1/22 of the game (less if you include stoppages and times when nobody is in possession of the ball) so it is really important that the players constantly move to improve their position the other 21/22 of the game. It is clearly observable but often not on TV as the camera follows the ball, but hopefully the coaches are keeping track of it.

          • rkmid71

            I think the coaches keep track. It’s interesting though that often the highest rated players from this game analysis still aren’t the ones touted in the press — usually the ones that get credited for an assist, have a goal, or a GK who makes some saves. No matter how badly they may play otherwise. You’re making the same point as Cruyff — although 1/22 (4.5%) is higher than Cruyff’s figures 3/90 (3.3%). His conclusion is that the most important thing is what do you do during those 87 minutes when you do not have the ball. That determines whether you’re a good player or not.

          • Steglitz49

            We all know who the great coaches are and the memorable ones and the also rans. Granted, some coaches have more choice and more variety to pick from but at the end of the day, it comes down to assessing players and how they combine.

            You don’t foul-out in soccer. You are sent off.

        • Steglitz49

          Intangible is an unfortunate word in the context of WoSo because it means incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch; impalpable.

          “Intangible assets” is one of those compound terms which is used to define a whole host of items in business that do not have a physical form like manufacturing equipment, machines, buildings, land or other forms of property — such as goodwill, patents and trademarks. It is hard to see how Kealia can have those at this stage in her career.

          • rkmid71

            I’m not following. Why is it hard to see Ohai intangibles? A strong indicator is how she delivered for UNC and the U20s when it counted most. Ohai was a member of UNC’s 2012 NCAA championship winning team. She was named the tournament’s most outstanding offensive player, scoring the game-winning goal during overtime in the semi-final and the first goal of the final in the second minute of the match. In the 2012 U20 World Cup, she scored the game winning goal versus Germany in the final … the only goal Germany allowed in the entire tournament. I would say that’s clutch. Compare that to Pugh, Sanchez, Press, et al. Talent wins games, teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

          • Steglitz49

            Your points are well taken. Yet. Press was preferred in the NT as was Pugh. On what grounds?

            Turn it around and look at it from another angle: what has Ms Ohai done since 2012 that has excluded her from the NT? I know that WC-15 was an unusual team because so many veteran had to be satisfied.

          • rkmid71

            I think Press at least deserved a chance given her college accomplishments — though her team never got over the hump they were very strong throughout her college career. Remember she was on the outside looking in for a long time too. She’s had her chance and the team won a WC with her being a member and she played a role, even though limited. Pugh I don’t think should have been brought in before Ohai. With the benefit of hindsight, it certainly didn’t help the team win, though individually she was one of the better players though the injury seemed to limit her. That Rapinoe was preferred for the OG despite not playing for 8-9 months tells you all you need to know. And that we had other injured, less than 100% fit players selected. And you can’t take off from playing competitive games just to avoid injury (like Wambach and Lloyd) and expect to be prepared.

          • Steglitz49

            I suspect that OG-16 was down to over confidence before going to Brazil and even more once there.

            The overconfidence before was understandable because the USWNT were the überfavorites. They had just won WC-15 with a lot of dead wood. Japan had not qualified and England would not be there.

            In the QF the USWNT faced Sweden, a Sweden who had suffered its worst defeat ever in a group match and played a dull draw with China neither team threatening each other knowing that a draw would see both of them through. This lacklustre bunch of trunips were not likely to achieve much against the US of A.

            That does not answer he question why Pinoe was preferred to Ohai or why Pugh went to Brazil but I contend that it helps to explain how the Swedes could turf them out.

          • rkmid71

            You’re probably right. And Pia knew the USA weaknesses and finally came to her senses (perhaps with some outside help) about her own team’s capabilities and played smart. And JE panicked at the worst time — putting Rapinoe in the game. And Lloyd taking those free kicks over Heath. I don’t want to think about it. But Swedes might have done us some good in the long run. So there may a silver lining.

          • guest

            “teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

            “I go where I think the puck is going to be, not where the puck is.”
            —Wayne Gretzky

    • Dave Hanson

      Try paying attention 👍

  • Steglitz49

    A “maiden” camp — what the heck is that when it is at home? Are we typing the AV — sorry KJV — now? I thought that Saki was the expert on maiden aunts.

    • HOFCToDi

      You truly are a stupid Swede.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maiden_voyage

      • Steglitz49

        A camp maiden is, well understood something different.

        A Maiden over is a cricket term.

        • Frode

          “The course of true love never did run smooth.”
          –Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

          • Steglitz49

            The only character I remember is Bottom the weaver but I can’t remember a single line from the play. I know a few from Twelfth Night and, of course, Hamlet and Julius Caesar.

  • Observed

    Groom, Williams, Ohai, auditioning for a support role under lloyd and Morgan. First, Dunn and Press have to be kicked out. Pretty long shot, eh?

    • DNG

      Ohai is a wing. Lloyd, greater power willing, will hopefully be done as a starter shortly. I’ve seen Groom can play wide as well and Williams too.

    • Steglitz49

      Press being phased out is not a long shot. Carli may well hang up her boots seeing that when she was captain the USWNT had its worst OG and any major tournament ever.

      • SpiritFan80

        I honestly don’t see Carli leaving the NT without a fight before she wants to. I think she has the fitness to play until 2019 but not always as a starter. I don’t think Alex is going to France, she has it way too good here, in NT and NWSL. They made how many trades to get her into a place that she wanted to be? She could probably get a higher paying contract in France but it might jeopardize how much time she gets with NT. She won’t have as much freedom. Pinoe and Heath both missed quite a few NT camps and games while playing there. Clubs don’t have to release players if it’s not FIFA date, as it should be. I think a lot may depend though on what happens with the new CBA.

        • Steglitz49

          Reality intrudes. Alex Morgan is the biggest name in US WoSo and after Marta probably in the rest of the world. If Alex Morgan wants to play in WC-19, she will be picked even if she spends the next 2 years in an Ashram.

          At the same time, your point is well taken — because I have made it myself repeatedly — that Alex has nothing to gain by playing outside the USA. It would have to be a very sweet deal indeed.

          Alex is more likely to follow in ARod’s footsteps and may well already be on her way as seeing that she is not in the squad for Romania.

          Pinoe and Heath did OK in France. Tobin learnt to take freekicks.

    • Nope

      i see press and morgan sharing more starts and lloyd getting benched more down the line. those three beating out dunn is a long shot but not impossible since Ellis doesn’t seem to favor dunn

      • Steglitz49

        If Alex goes and plays in France as has been rumored, it is hard to see her playing for the NT. As for Press, after Brasilia and the SF of the NWSL, I doubt that she has more time on her NT clock.

        Dunn is a different issue. At 5’1″ only Mana Iwabuchi can challenge her for stature. Also, Ellis may feel that Rio has compensated for Canada — except they never got to Rio.

      • anon

        how could a game where she was the best player on hte pitch be a strike against her? when has alex morgan come through for her club teams like Press does on a regular basis? Get real. Even Jill is starting to see the light and playing the criminally overrated Morgan less.

        • Steglitz49

          Alex Morgan has come through for the NT over and over again, as witness even in the Bomb in Brasilia aka Miracle on Grass.

    • HOFCToDi

      Kealia Ohai plays on the flank. View Kealia Ohai as the long term replacement for Megan Rapinoe.

      • guest

        hopefully, the short term replacement as well.

    • anon

      Ohai and Dunn play on the wings. Press has been starting and subbing in central roles lately.

  • Steglitz49

    Anna Signeul, Scotland’s ladies head coach, has named the squad for a friendly with the NL:

    Goalkeepers
    Gemma Fay (Glasgow City) 194 caps
    Shannon Lynn (Vittsjo) 16 caps

    Defenders
    Jennifer Beattie (Manchester City) 102 caps
    Frankie Brown (Bristol City) 77 caps
    Ifeoma Dieke (Vittsjö) 111 caps
    Nicola Docherty (Glasgow City) 11 caps
    Emma Mitchell (Arsenal) 46 caps
    Joelle Murray (Hibernian) 37 caps
    Kirsty Smith (Hibernian) 16 caps

    Midfielders
    Leanne Crichton (Notts County) 41 caps
    Erin Cuthbert (Glasgow City) 1 cap
    Lisa Evans (Bayern Munich) 51 caps
    Hayley Lauder (Glasgow City) 78 caps
    Joanne Love (Glasgow City) 171 caps
    Christie Murray (Doncaster Belles) 41 caps
    Leanne Ross (Glasgow City) 123 caps
    Caroline Weir (Liverpool) 29 caps

    Forwards
    Lizzie Arnot (Hibernian) 6 caps
    Fiona Brown (Glasgow City) 7 caps
    Lana Clelland (Tavagnacco) 11 caps
    Zoe Ness (Mallbacken) uncapped
    Jane Ross (Manchester City) 95 caps

    Seeing that Glasgow City just lost both home and away to Eskilstuna in the Champions League and Hibernian likewise to Bayern Munich ladies, Scotland could have its work cut out for themselves.

    • MurderOnZidanesFloor

      Very few of Scotland’s first team players actually play for Scottish clubs. The absence of Little likely hurts more than anything. Although Caroline Weir is in fine form!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2J4ts-1ba4

      • Steglitz49

        Dou you know why Kim Little and Rachel Corsie are not in this squad. Are they resting after the NWSL season? As I remember they played in Scotland’s qualifiers.

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  • anon

    Hopefully the January call ups will be more interesting. I hope Jill looks at more than just “numbers”.. Williams and Ohai are both questionable against decent defenses, although they have the best numbers in the league. Same with Hatch – top scorer but not the strongest opposition. It’s a lazy way to scout.

    • ABCDE

      Pretty clear Press would have had the golden boot if she hadn’t been absent for many games.

      • JL

        To win the Golden Boot, Press would have needed to score 4 goals in the 6 games she missed, which is beyond her seasonal scoring rate.

      • Steglitz49

        In 2012 Christen was second in the goalscoring league in Sweden with 17 goals. Only Anja Mittag had more. Christen bested players like Melis, Bachmann and Marta. She played for Göteborg who finished 4th but won the Swedish Cup, Christen scoring in that final.

        In 2013 Christen became Goalscoring Queen. Pernille Harder was 2nd and Anja Mittag 3rd. Christen played for Tyresö who were second in the league and lost both in the Super-cup and Swedish Cup.

        All the great players say the same. It is the team winning that counts. Th other prices don’t help when you lose but if the team wins, you can live without them.

        Christen Press has he WC winners medal as does Whitney Engen, Alyssa Naeher and Ashlyn Harris too.

    • JL

      Williams scored 3 goals in the playoffs against two of the best defenses in the league this year.

      • anon

        she got most of her goals against… boston. the tomato can of the nwsl

        • HOFCToDi

          The four year cycle has concluded (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Christen Press has proven to be an international fraud.

          FIFA Top Ten Ranked Opponents
          USWNT Goals Scored
          Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989) – 34
          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

        • HOFCToDi

          The four year cycle has concluded (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Christen Press has proven to be an international fraud.

          Christen Press has never scored a goal against the following Top Ten FIFA Ranked opponents:

          GER, ENG, SWE, JPN, BRA, PRK, CAN

        • HOFCToDi

          The four year cycle has concluded (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Christen Press has proven to be an international fraud.

          Press has yet to score a goal or register an assist versus a Top 20 FIFA Ranked opponent in calendar year 2016.

        • HOFCToDi

          The four year cycle has concluded (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Christen Press has proven to be an international fraud.

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

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

        • HOFCToDi

          The four year cycle has concluded (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Christen Press has proven to be an international fraud.

          Christen Press
          International Women’s Friendly
          18 Sep 2016
          USA 3 NED 1
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0

          foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=32516

          Christen Press
          2016 Rio Olympics
          12 Aug 2016
          USA 1 SWE 1
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0
          Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

          rio2016.com/en/football-womens-quarterfinal-fb-3

          Christen Press
          2016 Rio Olympics
          09 Aug 2016
          USA 2 COL 2
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 4, Shots on Goal 1

          rio2016.com/en/football-womens-first-round-group-g-fb-5

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

          foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26754

        • HOFCToDi

          The four year cycle has concluded (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Christen Press has proven to be an international fraud.

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

          foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=15317

          Christen Press
          International Women’s Friendly
          17 May 2015
          USA 5 MEX 1
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 0, Shots on Goal 0

          foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=17091

          Christen Press
          Algarve Cup
          6 Mar 2015
          USA 3 SUI 0
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 1, Shots on Goal 0

          foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=17273

          Christen Press
          International Women’s Friendly
          8 Feb 2015
          USA 0 FRA 2
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0

          foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=16171

          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

        • HOFCToDi

          The four year cycle has concluded (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Christen Press has proven to be an international fraud.

          Christen Press
          2016 Summer Olympic Games
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 6, Shots on Goal 1
          Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

          rio2016.com/en/football-womens-first-round-group-g-fb-5

          rio2016.com/en/football-womens-quarterfinal-fb-3

          Now witness an international superstar:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHLB7bf98lc

          18:11

          • Steglitz49

            You are really hung up on Ledecky but you do not mention the other two Cardinals who truly made history in Rio.

            Jeanette Ottesen and Sarah Sjöström also made history in Rio but for different reasons.

            Stanford’s Aquatic Centre is to die for.

          • Godfather

            Swimmers are all doped. Stick to soccer.

          • Steglitz49

            Please direct your answer to HOFCToDi. I merely point out that there are other swimmers than his favorite.

          • HOFCToDi

            Simone Manuel is back at Stanford.

            gostanford.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=6631

            Maya DiRado has retired from the sport.

            2015 Kazan
            400 IM – 2nd
            200 IM – 4th

            youtube.com/watch?v=1iOxZgzNs5U

          • HOFCToDi

            youtube.com/watch?v=JbS3u8LrYfw
            Listen to the commentary from Rowdy Gaines, former competitive swimmer and three-time Olympic gold medalist.

          • HOFCToDi

            None of the other swimmers hold the top ten fastest times in one event.

            usaswimming.org/_Rainbow/Documents/9d1f481c-202b-4f3d-9fbd-71046c5e0812/women_lcm.PDF

          • Steglitz49

            So what? They won gold, did they not?

            Ask the USWNT soccer players how it feels not even getting to the semifinals.

          • Godfather

            Swimmers are all doped. Stick to soccer

          • HOFCToDi

            You are a dope.

            nytimes.com/2011/08/26/sports/soccer/fifa-bans-north-korea-from-2015-womens-cup.html?_r=0

      • atalba

        She has the pedigree as a scorer throughout college at Pepperdine (led them to a sweet 16 game), and her youth. She’s probably most unfortunate to come from Fresno, which is not a soccer powerhouse for girls soccer. She’s a team player and will fit in well at the NT level. The U.S. brand of women’s soccer needs to continue to be speed and size with skills, and she fits the bill.

        • anon

          what? no one cares about high school. her biggest problem is that she isn’t a technical player. she is the junior version of leroux and morgan – a fast physical player with overall poor shot accuracy. i don’t buy her on hte NT level yet but we’ll see if Jill gives her a fair shake or if she McCaffreys/Hinkles her.

          • atalba

            She’s the leading scoring in the NWSL. She had a great college career. She played on the u23 team.The point about high school is that didn’t have YNT exposure at a younger age. Who in the NWSL had a meaningful SOG/G percentage better that hers? Who in top 3-4?

          • HOFCToDi

            2016 NWSL Season
            Press – 7 goals, 0 assists, 1260 minutes
            Press – one goal every 180 minutes
            Ohai – 11 goals, 4 assists, 1622 minutes
            Ohai – one goal every 147 minutes
            Williams – 11 goals, 5 assists, 1670 minutes
            Williams – one goal every 152 minutes

            Note: goals scored does not penalty kicks

          • atalba

            It’s the assists that sets Wiliams apart. They’re natural for her.

            I can see you’re not a Press fan. You have good stats that demonstrate this. I still think she can be a huge contributor in the middle 9/10, if given MORE of a chance. If not, I still like watching the Stanford player.

          • HOFCToDi

            Bull crap. 4 years, 76 caps, 2 head coaches are plenty of chances for Christen Press. Now compare Christen Press as a 25 year old during the 2014 NWSL Season to the aforementioned totals.

            2014 NWSL Season
            Press – 5 goals, 0 assists, 1080 minutes
            Press – one goal every 216 minutes

            Note: goals scored does not penalty kicks

          • atalba

            How would you compare her to Sofia Huerta? statistically?

          • HOFCToDi

            Sofia Huerta will be 25 years old during the 2018 NWSL Season.

          • Steglitz49

            How do you compare her to Alex Morgan, who is a little younger than Christen? How do you compare her to Stina Blackstenius who is 20 or Sara Däbritz (21)?

          • anon

            Alex Morgan is one of the worst forwards in the NWSL

          • Steglitz49

            A slight exaggeration but have it your way: you heard a seal bark.

          • Steglitz49

            Christen should never have left Göteborg but she has a WC winners medal to keep her warm on cold nights, so it was worth it in the end.

          • Steglitz49

            Assits are the key to a complete forward. All the top ones generate them. Using HOFCToDi’s numbers we get:

            Ms Williams — 354 min/assist & 2.2 G/A or 2 G/A
            Ms Ohai — 406 min/assit & 2.8 G/A or 3 G/A
            Ms Press — infinite min/assist & infinite G/A
            CQFFV

          • TrollWatch

            “I can see you’re not a Press fan”
            He abandoned Press after she slipped out of her knickers.

          • Steglitz49

            Please register yourself so we can follow your comments and knickers.

          • DNG

            Press can score goals against any team. She’s not a impact sub kind of player though. She’s not had the greatest year this year if I’m being honest.

          • atalba

            I’m still sticking to CP as my go-to central scorer. Being pushed out on the wing was a mistake. To me, playing 9/10 10/9 with Marta is proof. Confidence could be a factor at this point, and I’d have the same thoughts/doubts.

          • DNG

            Confidence may be a factor but runs of inconsistent scoring are pretty common for goal scorers at one point or another. I think she improved for the Red Stars over the last 5 games of the year. I agree that it was a mistake to play her on the wing. While she can do a decent enough job their it’s not her optimal position. She needs to be around the hole and in the box to be effective. She’s more of a second striker than a primary target though. She’d benefit from playing alongside a true 9.

          • atalba

            I’ll stick to my perspective that she’d benefit from playing alongside a true 10.

          • Steglitz49

            Who? Ohai?

          • DNG

            Fair enough. I guess my perspective on the 10 position in general is that while almost any successful team need good play in the area of the field a true 10 would provide, I don’t think it’s essential to play a true 10. If you play two forwards capable of taking turns working that area and moving the ball effectively it can be just as productive. My ideal lineup at the moment has Press and Horan at the top of a 3-5-2. Morgan Brian would be the primary playmaker from central midfield.

          • Steglitz49

            Please. Forget Press. Her chances have been — and ought to be gone. High time to let new blood get a bite at the cherry. Ring out the old! Ring in the new!!

          • atalba

            Never!

          • Steglitz49

            Every team must get rid of old wood and let new blood get a chance. You start with the underachievers.

          • Frode

            A mixed metaphor, but true. But if your underachievers are performing better than your overachievers, I’ll take underachievers any day.

          • Steglitz49

            Judging by OG-16, we could clear out the whole lot but for PR-purposes Alex Morgan would remain — and she scored the equalizer against those turnips.

          • Frode

            If you are happy about this assessment, you are going be repeatedly and sorely disappointed over the next 3 years. Blame Ellis if you need to.

          • Steglitz49

            Not as sorry as the USWNT nor their fans.

          • atalba

            Agreed. Partnership. Moe needs to make it as a central attacking midfielder; not holding. I’m not sold on her tenacity, but she is a darn good player.

            The holding position needs to start with Andi Sullivan and Alli Long – bruisers, winners, scorers, tacklers, leaders.

          • DNG

            I’m not convinced Moe would succeed in the hole as a 10 but I think she’d be an excellent 8. Brian is actually an underrated defender. Her positioning and ability to win the ball back is excellent. Injuries this year seem to have negatively impacted her. I think her work rate is fine normally.

          • Steglitz49

            Allie Long?

          • atalba

            She’ll punch your lights out Steg! Make you her beach. Take the ball away from you. Score, and laugh in your face! Love it!

          • Steglitz49

            I don’t follow you because when she was needed in the 2013 Champions League final, Christen went AWOL and it was Marta who did all the work — but never mind.

            I seem to remember another US forward also playing with Marta.

          • atalba

            You have that wrong. Marta got hurt during the game and asked CP to switch with her. Chemistry!

          • Steglitz49

            That is the first I have ever heard that explanation. Marta scored 2 goals, Wolfsburg cheated, and the rest was history.

          • Claude

            Use it. You may want to use it as second poor excuse

          • Bartje

            1:0 of Marta was great
            2:0 Vero. Great skills of Press there
            3:2 Terrific goal Marta. Maybe the best CL goal ever
            3:3 7-8 !!! players were in the defense behind the ball. Klingenberg being out can not be used as an excuse
            3:4 Fantastic skills of Kessler before passing to Muller

            Great CL final with one unsporting scene of Wolfsburg and with sour and poor losers (co-trainer and Steg49). Not kicking the ball out was by no means the huge factor in the game Steglitz49 desperately wants it to be

            It was a celebration of women soccer and should be remembered for exactly this. Great players on the field with Marta, Press, Vero, Kessler, Goessling and Muller

          • Walter

            The miracle of Lisbon aka Steglitz bomb

          • Steglitz49

            Low cunning by the Germans not following one of the unwritten rules of soccer. Remember Tony Gustavsson.

          • Bartje

            True. But that happens in soccer unfortunately. Like thousands of dives, fouls, ect. which you can see in every game in the world

            You are exaggerating this scene to an embarrassing extreme.
            If they would have cheated a penalty at the end to win it I would have some sympathy for your continues whining about that scene (in the midfield far away from the goal – plenty defenders available to protect the goal)

            Every dive which is results in a penalty is 10 times worse.

          • rkmid71

            Are you in favor of instant replay in that situation? Make certain plays reviewable or challengeable. Like Maradona’s Hand of God goal. The game stops anyway and it seems they could do it with minimal delay, could stop the clock during the review, etc.

          • Bartje

            Good and difficult question. I would be in favor of having plays reviewable which led to goals, penalties and red cards.

            As you said – only for scenes the game stopped anyhow. And those reviews shouldn’t happen to often

            But yes – I am in favor of it. Everything which leads to fair results without destroying the flow of soccer should be welcomed

          • rkmid71

            I agree. The dives especially, hand balls leading to goals and red cards. These things are flat out cheating to win at all costs. Remember Henry’s handball which denied the Irish a trip to WC? Henry apologized after. I guess players rationalize that others do it, refs routinely miss the calls, so it’s part of the game and they don’t feel badly about it, it evens out in the end, etc. And I think most agree that in general WoSo refs are particularly bad…though obviously there are some that are good.

          • HOFCToDi

            Wrong dumbass.

            Christen Press has never scored a goal against the following Top Ten FIFA Ranked opponents:

            GER, ENG, SWE, JPN, BRA, PRK, CAN

          • Steglitz49

            Save your breath. They only hear what they want to hear.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

            Christen Press is the prima donna of the tomato cans:

            FIFA Top Ten Ranked Opponents
            USWNT Goals Scored
            Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989) – 34
            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

            Christen Press has never scored a goal against the following Top Ten FIFA Ranked opponents:

            GER, ENG, SWE, JPN, BRA, PRK, CAN

          • HOFCToDi

            “Press Gang Troll Brigade” live in a PlayStation fantasy world.

          • HOFCToDi

            Delusions of grandeur.

            How long has the “Press Gang Troll Brigade” been peddling the Christen Press snake oil on this message board?

          • Steglitz49

            3.5 years?

          • HOFCToDi

            Denial

            youtube.com/watch?v=hYcx43AmAyY

          • HOFCToDi

            Wrong dumbass.

            FIFA Top Ten Ranked Opponents
            USWNT Goals Scored
            Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989) – 34
            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

          • Steglitz49

            The assists are even more damning.

            I guess there are reasons why neither Ohai nor Williams were in Rio (I know, they never got to Rio but you know what I mean). Please can you help us by explaining.

          • Frode

            Stegamonster and Hofmeister need to get a room.

          • Steglitz49

            Please register yourself so we can follow your comments.

            While you are at it, please provide some data for whatever position you are taking.

          • Frode

            “True love doesn’t need proof.
            The eyes told what heart felt.”

            –Toba Beta

          • Steglitz49

            That sounds on the level of that, the Church has never taught that its members must hold all the beliefs that Christ once held.

          • HOFCToDi

            NWSL Playoffs
            Press – 2 NWSL playoff games, 1 NWSL playoff goal
            Williams – 2 NWSL playoff games, 3 NWSL playoff goals

          • anon

            most of her goals were against boston. press had goals against every opponent she played wihtout the luxury of multiple games against the NWSL resident tomato can

          • atalba

            I’ve watched her many times. And I watched her in the BIG GAME against Washington. She’s good. I’m a CP fan and would always prefer her over anyone.

          • Steglitz49

            Most countries would not mind having an Alex Morgan in their NT. Alex is more technical than she is given credit for. She may not be America’s answer to Marta or Miyama but at least her name starts with an M.

          • dw

            I think Alex is less technical than you give her credit for.

          • Steglitz49

            In the modern era, Alex’s is one of the biggest names in WoSo. Some would say that only Marta is bigger.

            That did not come about by accident.

          • dw

            Yeah, Steg, as you are fond of saying: bodypaint.

          • Steglitz49

            Touché! Is that what you reccomend for Ms Oahi too? It would seem a bit copycat though, would it not?

            On the article about the Swiss matches, Alex is at 99 min/goal while Abby was at 104 min/goat.

          • mockmook

            Don’t be another S49

            AM was a star before bodypaint.

          • dw

            But a superstar after, lest we forget…

          • Steglitz49

            You started it so you finish it.

            Soccer fans knew who Alex Morgan was after WC-11; the American people needed the help of bodypaint to appreciate all her facets and attributes.

          • Steglitz49

            There is only one S49, whole and indivisible. The others are fake wannabees — maybe wallabies?

          • Guest

            The thing is that Morgan isn’t even all that fast anymore.. her game won’t age well. I can’t imagine her as an effective starter in 2019 although I think she will be on the squad if she still wants to be.

          • Anon

            Morgan and Dunn did an interview where they were asked who the fastest player on the team is and they said Press. At first I was surprised to hear that, then I watched her last few NWSL games and she can outrun pretty much an entire team from behind the half.

          • Steglitz49

            In soccer it is acceleration that matters. Speed over 35-40 yds, some say 15-20 yds.

            Who scores the goals? Who provides the assists? Who delivers the goods when the chips are down?

          • rkmid71

            I’m in the 15-20 yds category Dunn has to be faster over short distance and definitely change of direction. Lower center of gravity actually helps her in that regard. She’s got good balance/agility. Pugh is up there too. Ohara strikes me as fast in a straight line, but not agile. I think Press is good at quickly getting off a shot accurately with either foot but she doesn’t strike me as quick or agile as others and can get pushed off the ball more easily. I would also ask who is doing the most to limit the other team’s chances, who prevents the quality shots on goal, the best 1v1 tackling, blocks the crosses coming in, interceptions, wins aerial duels, etc?

          • Steglitz49

            Attackers and defenders, attacking MF and defensive MF.

            Dunn was the only player that caused serious damage to Sweden. Granted, Alex got the goal but that is her job — and she delivered, even if it was a lucky bounce.

            Thus, it boils down to: provided Alex can keep her acceleration and general fitness, she is on a lock for the WNT till she calls it a day. She is the US’s answer to Marta even if Marta still is a better player.

          • Guest

            I would have agreed with you a couple of years ago, but I think Press has really improved her strength, speed, and defensive skills (watch her last games with the NT). She very very rarely falls even when other players slam into her and fall themselves.

          • Steglitz49

            Christen will be 28 towards the end of the year. This puts her on the wrong side of the divide for France in 2019.

          • Guest

            im not really sure why arbitrary age cutoffs matter. you take the best players regardless of age. but i realize im responding to a repetitive troll.

          • Steglitz49

            Please register yourself so we can follow your comments.

          • AlexH

            It depends on the style of play and the position. If Press really is all that fast then she needs to adjust her game to fit that ability.

            Also speed matters little without fitness so the real question is who is fastest in the 75th minute.

          • anon

            One of the most impressive things about Press is that she is still the fastest person on the pitch in overtime (see the NWSL semi). Her fitness is top notch.

          • Steglitz49

            The ball hit the crossbar. It did not go in.

          • AlexH

            Then maybe Jill Ellis wasn’t nuts when she put Press out on the left despite the wailing of the Press gang about her “natural position”

  • guest

    How do you incorporate newbies in this upcoming friendly? Pick your number formation but players I want to see:

    Williams Press
    Heath Mewis Brian Dunn
    Short Sauerbrunn Sonnett Gilliland
    Campbell

    • guesterrrr

      sub mewis with Colaprico or Sullivan
      move Brian up finally

    • kernel_thai

      I dont think Ellis changes the formation to look at players. I think one of the things she is shopping for r players who fit her system.

      • Steglitz49

        That is the USWNT’s achilles heel. Too much choice.

        • Frode

          This is only an Achilles heel for an intellectually lazy manager.

          • Steglitz49

            The seniors failed and the U17 failed so let’s hope the U20 can acquit themselves with honor.

    • Steglitz49

      Press is not a newbie. She is a has-been and might even count as a never-was in some people’s eyes.

    • Paul Klee

      My Guess:

      Starting XI
      Naeher
      Krieger (Dahlkemper)
      Sauerbrunn
      Sonnett
      Brian (Colaprico)
      Long (Horan)
      Mewis
      Heath (Ohai)
      Lloyd
      Press (Williams)
      Dunn (Hatch)

      3-5-2

      Second match I think she goes 4-3-3 with O’Hara and Gilliland getting the start with Short coming in as a sub.

      • mockmook

        As much as I like imagining the USA in the 3-5-2, I see no evidence that JE ever plans to use it as a starting formation.

        • Steglitz49

          Even Pellerud rules OK, Canada be blessed!

      • Steglitz49

        Good grief!

        How the heck can the USWNT move forward?

  • Steglitz49

    Today are the semifinals of the U17 world championship. Let’s trust there is some preview.

    The wise money is on Japan and North-Korea going through but a Hispanic final would be excellent PR.

    • Hans Castorp

      3-0 across the board for the wise money

      • Steglitz49

        The scoreline was unfair to Spain. 1-1 would have been a fairer result.

  • Steglitz49

    The 222 comment. I could not resist this because in the old days 222 = Cardiac Arrest!