All four SheBelieves Cup rosters released

The Equalizer Staff February 21, 2017 183
The USWNT competed against France in the Nashville leg of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup. (photo by Allison Lee)

The USWNT competed against France in the Nashville leg of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup. (photo by Allison Lee)

The second annual SheBelieves Cup is quickly approaching, and as kick off nears, all four squads have finally unveiled their rosters. While the United States and Germany’s released their SheBelieves Cup rosters over the course of the past two weeks, France and England just announced their squads this morning.

England, France and Germany all named squads that are likely to see few changes before the teams compete in the UEFA Euros this summer, meaning the SheBelieves Cup will serve as a strong test and good preparation for each of the European sides leading into it. With no major summer tournament to prepare for, the USWNT will no doubt look to repeat as SheBelieves Cup winners, once again lifting the hardware on their home soil.

Each of the U.S.’s opponents released 23-player squads, while Jill Ellis originally invited 25 players in for the USWNT’s camp leading into the SheBelieves Cup. However, Ellis has since cut three players from the roster–Sarah Killion, Meghan Klingenberg and Amy Rodriguez–from the roster and added Jessica McDonald to it. The USWNT (minus McDonald) reported to camp on Monday, February 20 to begin their training and evaluation leading into the tournament.

Germany may be at a slight disadvantage though, as the 2016 Olympic gold medalists are without several key players–Lena Goeβling, Simone Laudehr and Melanie Leupolz–were left off the initial roster for various reasons, and Tabea Kemme and Svenja Huth have since been ruled out of the competition because of injury (they were replaced by Verena Faiβt and Hasret Kayikci respectively). That poses quite the challenge for new coach Steffi Jones as she embarks on her first year at the helm of the German squad.

Mark Sampson’s England side, which was announced on Tuesday, February 21, has few surprises as he fields a team that he hopes will not only win the SheBelieves Cup, but the Euros as well.

“Last year we came close but didn’t get over the line. This year we need to put that right and find our way to win,” Sampson said of the tournament.  “We’ll be coming up against some really tough opposition but winning this tournament has to be our objective and would be a real feather in our cap going into the Euros.”

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France’s head coach, Olivier Echouafni, also named his squad on Tuesday. Included on it is Amandine Henry, who underwent surgery during the NWSL offseason and has missed a number of previous national team camps and rosters because of injury and that recovery. She recently signed with Paris Saint-Germain, although she is expected to return to the Portland Thorns in time for the NWSL preseason.

France also features a strong defensive presence in Wendie Renard, and several strong threats in the attack, as was the case in the 2016 SheBelieves Cup and the Rio Olympics. However, if the French often create a number of solid opportunities on goal without being able to finish. If the squad is able to improve their finishing, they might swing the tournament in their favor.

The 2017 SheBelieves Cup kicks off on March 1 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Penn. where England and France will square off before the U.S. faces Germany. The tournament then moves to Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on March 4 with France and Germany playing before the U.S. and England compete. The final leg of the round-robin tournament will be played on March 7 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., where Germany takes on England and the U.S. closes the tournament out against France.

ENGLAND ROSTER BY POSITION

Goalkeepers (3): Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool), Mary Earps (Reading)

Defenders (9): Laura Bassett (Notts County), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Jo Potter (Notts County), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Liverpool), Demi Stokes (Manchester City)

Midfielders (5): Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Jade Moore (Notts County), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Arsenal)

Forwards (6): Karen Carney (Chelsea), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Nikita Parris (Manchester City), Jodie Taylor (Arsenal), Rachel Williams (Notts County), Ellen White (Birmingham City)

FRANCE ROSTER BY POSITION

Goalkeepers (3): Sarah Bouhaddi (Olympique Lyonnais), Méline Gerard (Olympique Lyonnais), Laëtitia Philippe (Montpellier HSC)

Defenders (7): Laura Georges (Paris Saint-Germain), Jessica Houara D’Hommeaux (Olympique Lyonnais), Sakina Karchaoui (Montpellier HSC), Griedge MBock Bathy (Olympique Lyonnais), Eve Perisset (Paris Saint-Germain), Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais), Aïssatou Tounkara (FCF Juvisy)

Midfielders (8): Camille Abily (Paris Saint-Germain), Elise Bussaglia (VFL Wolfsburg), Grace Geyoro (Paris Saint-Germain), Amandine Henry (Paris Saint-Germain), Claire Lavogez (Olympique Lyonnais), Amel Majri (Olympique Lyonnais), Gaёtane Thiney (FCF Juvisy), Sandie Toletti (Montpellier HSC)

Forwards (5): Camille Catala (FCF Juvisy), Marie-Laure Delie (Paris Saint-Germain), Kadidiatou Diani (FCF Juvisy), Eugénie Le Sommer (Olympique Lyonnais), Elodie Thomis (Olympique Lyonnais)

GERMANY ROSTER BY POSITION

Goalkeepers (3): Laura Benkarth (SC Freiburg), Almuth Schult (VfL Wolfsburg), Lisa Weiß (SGS Essen)

Defenders (9): Anna Blässe (VfL Wolfsburg), Pauline Bremer (Olympique Lyonnais), Kristin DeMann (1899 Hoffenheim), Verena Faiβt (Bayern München), Kathrin Hendrich (FFC Frankfurt), Josephine Henning (Olympique Lyonnais), Isabel Kerschowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Babett Peter (VfL Wolfsburg), Felicitas Rauch (FFC Turbine Potsdam)

Midfielders (6): Sarah Däbritz (Bayern München), Linda Dallman (SGS Essen), Sara Doorsoun (SGS Essen), Leonie Maier (Bayern München), Dzsenifer Marozsan (Olympique Lyonnais), Alexandra Popp (VfL Wolfsburg)

Forwards (5): Mandy Islacker (FFC Frankfurt), Hasret Kayikci (SC Freiburg), Lina Magull (SC Freiburg), Anja Mittag (VfL Wolfsburg), Lena Petermann (SC Freiburg)

UNITED STATES ROSTER BY POSITION

Goalkeepers (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

Defenders (7): Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

Midfielders (9): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Brianna Pinto (CASL)

Forwards (6): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC), Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Coursge), Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

  • kernel_thai

    So, let’s say it goes badly for the US. Does Ellis get a pass for experimenting with a 3back or is she held accountable because of the moronic approach to a 3back she’s taken?

    • #1Fan

      im not in favor of drawing results based conclusions form the SBC. Even though I dont believe in the structure and philosophy of this entire USSF administration, she is going to get this entire cycle to show what she has.

      Im still shocked that her most prominent Youth coaches still have jobs. Im amazed you start the new Cycles with essentially the same players you ended the last one with and expect different outcomes.

      the us are the favorites to win their games and for most, all will be right with the world.

      • CED

        It’s the same players essentially b/c there would be whining by fans if it wasn’t, the team is traveling circus. The team has some players that need to be put out to pasture. Things stopping that, Ellis is clueless, the CBA rules are still in effect which limits the ability to bring in many new player, even if Ellis had a clue. Finally, since this is a traveling circus and the largely soccer ignorant fan base would complain.

        • Steglitz49

          Bring on the clowns!

      • DNG

        I wonder why they don’t find new youth coaches every 4 years or why they don’t bring the youth coaches up with the players as they age if they are successful? I’m shocked the U20 and U17 coaches still have jobs as well. I’m less surprised that the senior team has less turnover since there was a removing of the old guard after the WC. The youth teams should probably have more turnover and more experimentation though.

        • #1Fan

          U18s are in the UK at present. Its interesting to note that the starting X! for the first game featured all the attacking players not deemed good enough to play OR play in attack for the U17 WC team. Jones, Spaanstra and Smith. If we dont know enough about these players by now, then Im not sure when we will. The mentality is not to audition players and combinations of players. Its to win so bolster fading resumes.

          • Steglitz49

            They play England on Saturday. Not sure when or if they play Norway. England’s squad for Norway and USA:

            Goalkeepers: Hannah Hampton (Birmingham City), Lucy Thomas (Oxford United), Emily Ramsey (Manchester United).

            Defenders: Shannon Cooke (Arsenal), Grace Neville (Millwall Lionesses), Poppy Pattinson (Sunderland), Meg Boydell (Liverpool), Olivia Smith (Chelsea), Katherine Turner (Chelsea), Esme Morgan (Manchester City).

            Midfielders: Amy Rodgers (Liverpool), Aimee Palmer (Bristol City), Emily Syme (Bristol City), Ella Rutherford (Millwall Lionesses), Miri Taylor (Chelsea), Sophia Pharaoh (Southampton).

            Forwards: Nicole Douglas (Chelsea), Jess Ngunga (Arsenal), Lauren Hemp (Bristol City), Hana Lalani (London Bees), Skye Bacon (Brighton & Hove Albion), Gabby Ravenscroft (Oxford United).

          • oldknees

            yes and imagine this,,, their coach was a regular “assistant” to the u16 head coach during their 00 cycle as was one of the coaches with 2 players on the team. As I remember Spaanstra was a starter outside forward on the u17s,no?

          • #1Fan

            Sorry, I was wrong ..its 4 from the same team and I think 6 from Colorado 🙂 I guess they have shrunk the pool and know who all the players are already. Its not about really giving some new ones a chance yet, its about giving the ones we Id’d at u14 just a few more tries to show us something.

          • g2

            US soccer site has posted article/match report for todays U-18 WNT match with England
            “CHICAGO (Feb. 19, 2017) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from England, 3-1, as forward Summer Yates scored an early goal followed by a brace from forward Sophia Smith. The match was played at St. George’s Park, England’s National Training Center.

            The USA will also play Norway on Feb. 21 at St. George’s Park and then finish with another match against England on Feb. 25 that will be played at New Bucks Head in Wellington, which is the stadium for AFC Telford United.”

          • #1Fan

            Yes that is correct. Played Norway yday and won 5-0. smith x3, yates , dyke. Not sure what diff that makes.. Every starter is a multiple. The only new face on this trip came in via injury and guess what Club she is from – yep Colorado. I just dont understand the process if the aim is to ID players who can play at the next level. Yates was not deemed good enough by the U17 WC coach for more than a cursory look. Smith was a role player. Jones was not even taken to the WC. But now 3M later they are all starters for the U-18s? What has changed apart from a new coach? Where is the consistency ? Where are the new players? It seems to me that the U-18 is just picking up right where the U-17 team left off.The attitude is we already have our pool and we just need to give them more chances and more importantly NOT allow other kid the same chances becasue the MAY do better and make us look bad. It just feels like this mentality ids pervasive through the entire set up.

          • mockmook

            “Yates was not deemed good enough by the U17 WC coach for more than a cursory look. Smith was a role player. Jones was not even taken to the WC”

            Talk about being consistent.

            Perhaps these players developed slower?

            Or, maybe a new coach sees their present form or potential more accurately.

            Either way, should they be forever excluded because they didn’t make it to a WC? Isn’t that the opposite of what you are arguing?

          • #1Fan

            You miss the point. they have never been EXCLUDED. I only use the word becasue you did. My point is that other kids should also be given chances to be seen. All that is happening here is that the same kids a being recycled on different YNTs irrespective of what happens. All the kids mentioned above have never been left off a camp roster other than a WC one. Apart from not making the WC final roster. Jones has been in pretty much every camp since U14. If the view is that she is not good enough to be on the final WC roster, then surely it makes some sense that after 2 years its worth looking at another kid? Or do we go another 2 years of the same thing?

            im not permanently excluding anyone form consideration,. Im simply asking why – without CBA type restrictions – is there extremely limited turnover in YNT camps? Its self fulfilling. If you keep giving the same good kids a chance, they will eventually do something that justifies selection.

            Your point on slower development makes no sense in the context of the above. I dont see the point of a GDA or any other ID process, when you have narrowed the pool so much ALREADY f, that the same kids from U14 are still being selected.

            Your point would validate mine. Where are the kids that are developing slower ? Are the kids who were good at 13 still the best at 17 ? seems hard to believe.,

            From what I can gather, there is not a single kid form the U17 WC team who has been left off a subsequent camp. That will become apparent when the U-20 trip to Spain is announced,but IF its true, is that not strange given how we performed? Or is the mentailtiy that it was coaching. if so, why is BJ Snow still around. If not, then are we saying that no one is at all accountable?

            Either way, I dont understand the logic at all. There should be constant flow thru out YNTs as we search for players. Instead is a trickle as we keep the same kids involved. Missing a few camps in a cycle, especially early is a good thing for kids . They get time in school, they get time at thier Club among friends and it kills this sense of entitlement . it creates an appreciation for it and chance to work on things you need to improve on under different supervision. Its the same mindset that goes on a YNT tour an uses the same starting line up[ for 2 games btb – bar minor changes. Why? Are you there to find out about the players you have selected? or to just keep putting the same ones in the same situations ? I want to know about the players I pick and that involves making them uncomfortable at times and seeing how they react. We wait till the WC and then p[panic when things are not as expected.

          • guest

            I completely agree. I would also add bringing the same group in and sprinkling in a new kid from time to time does not show any semblance of an attempt of being more inclusive. Some kids like that kid who was previously shown;

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrh52D24Q-8

            Should be given a couple of chances. I agree in and out with new kids. No complacency and no cliques. Go home with a to do list

          • guest

            I am not against smaller players per say, especially in certain roles with other physical characteristics. I like Dunn as an outside back but her pace is unusual. She is also pretty strudy. What I have seen of Yates is that she is pretty small. Same re Jones. Will they be able to translate at the next level? Are there no similar kids with better tools? Will we ever know the answer to that or will the GDA provide the answer?

          • #1Fan

            I dont know if they will, but I do know that they have been given every chance so far. Yates is a talented player, but I dont think its relevant to my point No matter how good she is, she should NOT be in every camp early n a cycle. There are several good kids who deserve a chance in that environment, even if it re-inforces what you already think.

          • guest

            Again completely agree

          • Guest

            I understand your point and agree. Is Yates a forward or an attacking mid? You had listed the starting forwards as Jones Spaanstra and Smith. Is Yates playing behind them as the 10?

          • #1Fan

            yes..formation has been 3 fwds with a CAM in behind.

          • Steglitz49

            Colorado — the Lyon or Barcelona of US U18WNT?

          • guest

            What’s in the water in Colorado? Or is it the April Kater or Mallory Pugh affect? Are the two really the April Kater affect?

    • Steglitz49

      Not to worry. The French team is full of old hands who never achieved anything except snatching failure away from the jaws of winning. Too much déjà mangé.

      The English and Germans are harder to rate but again too many old hands.

      A pity that Canada and Sweden were not invited instead of France and England.

      • Heinrich Wilhelm

        just out of curiousity
        .
        Who besides Mittag and Henning would you consider to be part of the “too many old hands” with the German team?

    • GT

      Held accountable in my book.

    • SpiritFan80

      It should be noted that Sermanni got canned when he tried to do the same thing in 2013/14 that Ellis is doing now. Not the 3-back but bringing in new younger players and experimenting in meaningless games. Even if the US bombs out, Ellis won’t be fired. She has come up through the US system for years and she falls in line with the Fed’s philosophy. Abby ran the team and had the USSF’s ear back then and I’m convinced she had a lot to do with the demise of Sermanni. There’s no players on the team now that have that much influence on USSF. Ellis is safe until the next cycle.

      • Steglitz49

        Sermanni’s misfortune was that Alex Morgan got injured.

        JE did win the World Cup, the first one in 16 years for the US. Sta JE shall not be cut.

        Apart from Crystal Dunn, the players with any mojo on the USWNT have won a world cup, so they don’t care. They only want to earn the fat dough.

        • SpiritFan80

          Sermanni’s downfall was his plans to seemingly relegate Abby and other vets to a lesser role on the team. They lost big at the 2014 Algarve due to experimentation and some vets used it to say he wasn’t good coach and couldn’t get them the WWC win. They brought in Ellis who would kowtow to “leaders” on the team.

          Remember the team wasn’t playing well during the first few games of WWC. Players were playing scared and frustrated. I had my doubts they would make it to the final. Ellis had no choice to change her strategy when Cheney and Rapinoe got suspended. You saw huge difference in the play. Had this not happened, I don’t believe USA wins WWC.

          • Steglitz49

            Firstly, please use Holiday, not her maiden-name. (There is no need to be a jerk and it helps not to be one.)

            Secondly, “remember that the Swedish WNT was not playing well during the first few games of OG-12” but that worm turned too.

          • SpiritFan80

            First of all, how is me, referring to her as “Cheney” , make me a jerk? It was not meant to be disrespectful. Jrue Holiday strikes me as the kind of man who is strong enough to not be bothered by someone referring to his wife by her maiden name. Especially considering the career she had while wearing that name on her back and the fact that she herself said that many people still refer to her as that. I do, in fact, try to use her married name but sometimes slip because I have been a fan for years. It’s kind of a silly thing to get up in arms about.

          • Steglitz49

            If you can’t understand that under your own steam, then trying to explain would be like pouring music into the ears of a deaf person.

            Lauren Holiday has chosen to play with Holiday on her jersey since she married. She played in the World Cup you mention as Holiday. Other USWNT players like ARod, HAO and Syd, have continued with their maiden-names on their NT jerseys.

            As for Ms Holiday’s career under her maiden-name, it is remembered by that Alex Morgan replaced her at half-time in the WC-11 final because of an injury to Lauren. Japan went on to become Wolrd Champions while Alex cashed in mega.

          • SpiritFan80

            My point was that “Cheney” is a nickname that many still use. By your logic we shouldn’t refer to anyone on teams by nicknames. If HAO had put Werry on the back of her Jersey, I can almost guarantee people would still call her HAO. We still call one of my best friends by her maiden name in our friend group cause that was the nickname she got on our team. Her husband isn’t offended by it because he knows it’s not an attack on his manhood.
            Also, deaf people can “hear” and enjoy music through the vibrations so who’s the jerk now?

          • Steglitz49

            I can understand that Dick Cheney and his daughter Mary may be close to your heart and therefore you slip Freuidan-like into your Cheney vernacular. Such admiration must be respected.

            The fans called Magdalena Neuner Gold-Lena. They had big signs in the stands. In an interview after she had retired, she explained that she was always Magdalena in the family and never known by the shortened nickname. The interviewer asked if she minded. No, she said. It made sense for the fans and without fans there would not be a sport.

            By analogy you could call Lauren Gold-Lauren but not Gold-Laura.

          • Kevin

            LOL… just ignore Steglitz. He makes more sexist comments on here than anyone and has no clue about what is/isn’t disrespectful.

          • Steglitz49

            I have not noticed you leaping to the defense of WoSo players when various bottom-feeders and other lowlife slag them off or make snide remarks about them.

            One of the big problems WoSo faces is lack of respect. This is not helped by WoSo fans being disrespectful to WoSo players. If the fans of WoSo can’t treat the players decently, then why should anyone else bother.

          • Kevin

            “I have not noticed you leaping to the defense of WoSo players when various bottom-feeders and other lowlife slag them off or make snide remarks about them.”

            Is it my fault you can’t remember the times that I have? Nope.

            Normally, I don’t respond to those kind of posts as it’s just feeding the troll. However, in this case, I found it hilarious and hypocritical for you of all people to call others out for being disrespectful.

          • HOFCToDi

            Steglitz49 is a misogynist pig.

          • Steglitz49

            A strange term to use about someone who fights for commentators on the EQ to treat WoSo-players with respect. If fans don’t respect the players why should anyone care about WoSo. Manners maketh man.

          • SpiritFan80

            Secondly, I don’t know what point you are trying to make re Sweden’s OG play. If anything it makes my point about JE….she used crappy tactics and the US lost. She wasn’t bailed out by some suspensions.

          • Steglitz49

            In WC-15, Sweden played badly in their group matches except against the US. Advancing from the group, Sweden lost heavily to Germany.

            In OG-16 Sweden too played poorly in the group game. They suffered their worst ever defeat at the feet of Brazil. Advancing from he group, they faced the US.
            The US were the reigning world and olympic champions and with the FIFA POTY in their squad but unlike in WC-15, this time the champs were put out to grass and sent packing. The Swedish coach was the same.

          • HOFCToDi

            Sweden was a fluke.

            us.women.soccerway.com/teams/sweden/sweden/4129/

            09/20/16 DEN 2 SWE 0
            10/24/16 NOR 0 SWE 0
            01/19/17 NOR 2 SWE 1
            01/24/17 ENG 0 SWE 0

          • Steglitz49

            An Olympic silver does not lie.

          • HOFCToDi

            2014 Algarve Cup
            Rampone – 38 years old
            Boxx – 36 years old

            Culture of entitlement embodied in two over-the-hill players.

          • HOFCToDi

            Alex Morgan saved Sermanni’s arse at the 2013 Algarve Cup.

            pitchsidereport.com/2013/03/06/match-report-uswnt-defeats-iceland-3-0-to-open-algarve-cup-march-6th-2013/

            pitchsidereport.com/2013/03/08/match-report-uswnt-defeats-china-5-0-march-8th-2013/

            pitchsidereport.com/2013/03/11/match-report-uswnt-draws-against-sweden-1-1-march-11th-2013/

            pitchsidereport.com/2013/03/13/match-report-uswnt-wins-2013-algarve-cup-tournament-usa-2-0-germany-march-13th-2013/

            youtube.com/watch?v=zN8lBGxk7Iw

          • Steglitz49

            Please feel free to load up the match in 2016 which variously is known as the Bomb in Brasilia and the Miracle on Grass.

            Stay up to date, there is a good chap. Don’t live in the past.

        • SpiritFan80

          We are seeing a lot of younger players that are getting into the team and taking leadership roles. Even some of the older ones on the team have vastly different philosophies from the old guard. These women are more worldly, have better heads for business.
          I’m hoping this changes the overall culture of the team going forward.

          • #1Fan

            Maybe, but you cannot underestimate the role the HC plays.

          • SpiritFan80

            No doubt, positive or negative. I think we have a great example of what Herdman has done with Canada since he took over. Just saying that the culture the players set up within the team can have a big effect on how wins/losses and coaching decisions are received.

          • #1Fan

            i think it starts with the culture the coach creates/ allows …however you For example IF Ellis came out and told Lloyd – you are no longer an automatic on my team. Im looking for others . it would have a massive impact on the culture.

          • Steglitz49

            When Man City, who have money coming out of their ears, sign Carli Lloyd, it would be a bit hard even for you to tell the reigning FIFA POTY that “you are no longer an automatic on my team”.

          • CED

            I love the silly notion that b/c Man City men have money they are spending any large sum for Lloyd. I would guarantee she’s not even getting for her entire duration a fraction of what the worst player on the mens side gets as a weekly wage. To sum it up she’s getting chump change. but since WoSo pay sucks you think it’s some great sum. Lol.

          • Steglitz49

            Compare with Zlatan because he is King.

          • CED

            Zlatan has won what? Nothing of importance.

          • dw

            He is #1 in Zlatanness

          • HOFCToDi

            Sweden failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
            Sweden failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

          • HOFCToDi

            Sweden finished bottom of Group E at UEFA Euro 2016.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Euro_2016#Group_E

          • dw

            Clearly you don’t understand how Zlatanness works. No surprise there.

          • HOFCToDi

            Steglitz49 suffers from delusions of grandeur. Never has a poster boasted of such grandiose failure:

            Sweden failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

            Sweden failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

            Sweden finished bottom of Group D at UEFA Euro 2012.

            Sweden finished bottom of Group E at UEFA Euro 2016.

          • Steglitz49

            He does not understand much when he is in his manic phase. When he is zane, HOFCToDi is excellent value for money. Among the best.

          • Steglitz49

            Sweden performed the Miracle on Grass in Brasilia where the USWNT bombed out. The Swedish WNT went on to get silver in OG-16, losing 1-2 to Germany in the final. The USWNT went home without a medal — for the first time ever.

            First. Ever.

          • Steglitz49

            Zlatan is the highest earner in the Premier League. He earns £260,000 per week at Manchester United. (Trivial compared to US basketball players earnings, granted.)

          • Steglitz49

            The illustration refers to your comment about how badly Carli will be paid by City where you also compare unfavorably with City’s male players.

            Zlatan is the highest earner in the Premier League and he plays for the other team in Manchester. Thus, you could see him as a better comparator.

            Zlatan Ibrahimovic earns £260,000 per week at Manchester United

            (Yet, his weekly wage is small compared to NBA’s lesser known players. Despite being a bit player Timofey Mozgov will earn £230,000 per week.)

            Zlatan has won the hearts and minds of the Swedish people. Of male sportsmen, only Stenmark matches him and of the ladies Kalla, Sjöström and Magda, maybe Pernilla and Anja.

          • CED

            As usual..a lot of blathering with no point. Zlatan has won nothing of importance and never will.

          • Steglitz49

            Please get back to the EQ when the USMNT has a player of Zlatan’s stature. Till then devote your time to counting socks.

          • CED

            Zlatan is a loser just like Sweden NT…Btw, Zlatan is so great …lol..what;s Sweden’s Wcup record under Zlatan..oh wait they weren’t even at the last 2.

          • Steglitz49

            Remember the Glorious 12th? August 12th is the start of the grouse shooting season.

            It was also on August the 12th that the Swedish WNT put the USWNT to the sword. The Miracle on Grass aka the Bomb in Brasilia.

            As a result, the USWNT went home without a medal from the Olympics. the first time ever. Ever. First time. W O R S T E V E R! Comprende, Gringa!

            Stones and glasshouses spring to mind.

          • CED

            Your level of pure obsession, as described many times is pathetic. Your such a loser you obsess over another countries NT. Zlatan is a loser, always has been. Couldn’t make it at Barca, went to the 4th rate Ligue 1 and now to the diminished EPL which has more money than sense. EPL is stupid enough to over pay players on their lat legs of their career. Now come out of your shed, wipe the cheeto stains off your face and stop having the productive Swedes pay for your pathetic existence.

          • Steglitz49

            £260,000 per week is not to be sneezed at.

          • HOFCToDi

            Pep saw no use for Zlatan at Barcelona. Talk about a flop.

            ……… afterwards arrived David Villa:

            youtube.com/watch?v=LRiymJqpKp4&t=656s

            Bonus: Ray Hudson commentary

          • rkmid71

            Ray Hudson on Zlatan. “Zlatan is both a fearsome predator and a glorious peakcock.”

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CuBF2eWo14

          • HOFCToDi

            A lot more peacock than predator.

          • rkmid71

            A bit less hard to say “you are no longer an automatic starter on my team” And depending on how she responds to that “you are no longer an automatic on my team” This is necessary and happens in every sport, no matter who the player. It’s even more necessary for a national team.

          • Steglitz49

            The point was that #1Fan has a simplistic view of life. I often thinks that he knows less about WoSo than HOFCToDi.

            Yes. JE may well explain the facts of life to Carli one day but not to acknowledge that fame makes it harder, is to be living in a dream and make-believe word.

          • rkmid71

            It makes it harder, but not less necessary. Lloyd playing 90 minutes every game makes no sense, not from a team or even from Lloyd longevity perspective (assuming that’s what she wants). I’m sure Lloyd will claim she’s physically an outlier, one in a million. The fact is Lloyd (and team) didn’t get it done in OG and worst result ever. In January 2015, Wambach was announced as finishing 3rd in FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year for 2014. She benched herself (or JE came to her senses in the nick of time) in 2015 WC and retired in December 2015 at age 35. For Canada, Sinclair doesn’t play every match — she’s about a year younger than Lloyd. Who’s the better forward? Canada won bronze at OG. IMO, if you want to win, which I assume they do, it’s foolhardy to revolve your offense around a 37 yr old player in 2019. Will Canada do that with Sinclair? Highly doubtful yet she’s the much more accomplished forward and did much more for her team in 2016 OG. If that’s true, you had better start developing alternatives and testing others sooner rather than later. I’ll be interested to see how the Man City thing goes.

          • Steglitz49

            I don’t know why Man City signed Carli in favor of say Press, ARod or Syd, or some Swedish or Canadian players.

            The simplest and obvious reason is usually correct: they think that Carli will add value. What that value turns out to be, time will tell but she is not a green as she is cabbage-looking and, as Japan learnt in 2015 (and in 2012), Carli has a mighty fine shot.

          • USMNTfan4life

            You can, because no one is going to confuse Man City women’s team with MAN CITY (Sergio Aguero, etc).

          • HOFCToDi

            #1Fan is a blithering idiot. The culture was already established by the restrictions of the CBA. Blame the coaching staff once a pay to play structure is fully implemented.

          • Steglitz49

            That is a bit harsh on #1Fan even by your standards. I agree with you that #1Fan’s knowledge of soccer is patchy and wobbly at the best but there is no need to use invective, is there?

          • HOFCToDi

            #1Fan is the Moriarty of the Equalizer message board.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncbEucjsNFU

          • HOFCToDi

            Behavioral modification will only occur with a pay to play system.

          • HOFCToDi

            The irony was that Abby Wambach was benched for shankapotamus in the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SpAFVpndTU

      • HOFCToDi

        Tom Sermanni was canned due to three specific reasons:

        USWNTPA Hierarchy
        President – Rampone
        Vice President – Wambach
        Treasurer – Boxx

        • SpiritFan80

          I would put Wambach as the president of that Hierarchy. While Rampone was not consistently starting, she was still playing well. Wambach, however, had a large decrease in fitness and she felt younger, stronger forwards coming for her spot. If Sermanni stayed, I believe there was a good chance Abby wouldn’t have been on WC squad.

          • Steglitz49

            He did not stay while his successor brought home the World Cup.

          • HOFCToDi

            I’m just relaying the structure of the USWNTPA at that time.

        • Steglitz49

          None of whom suffered the opprobrium of bombing in Brasilia. Instead, they avoided the Miracle on Grass but had had the ecstasy of winning on plastic.

      • GT

        I think I disagree. I don’t remember specifically who Sermanni brought up, but I don’t think they were as impressive as this group. (Both those on this roster and others that are on the fringe). They seem like logical successors to all of the recent retiree’s from the USWNT in the last several years.

      • HOFCToDi

        The “Klinsmann Effect” was in full bloom back in 2014. Tom Sermanni attempted to convert Kristie Mewis into a left back.

    • mockmook

      No pass if she sets the 3-back formation up for failure by using the wrong types of players at any positions (including mids and forwards).

      One or two “errors” is excusable (no one agrees on all player selections). But, if there is a group of selections that are not optimal for a 3-back system, then that is a problem.

      I’m already skeptical with the exclusion of Ohai (who is perfect for WB/OM).

      • #1Fan

        is the NWSL/Collebege/Club soccer not full of them? Speedy, decent distribution. Tough. not great in small space, but very athletic. I think the USA produce more players whose skills translate to OB than anywhere else., but tactically we do not grow up using overlapping full backs and so ….

        • DNG

          Yeah it makes no sense to me how few options the US seems to have it right back and left back. We don’t do a good job of teaching good Crossing technique either. Other than Rapinoe it’s pretty poor all around.

          • Steglitz49

            The US must have options at RB and LB. It stands to reason.

            The number of young ladies playing soccer in the US must not be disdained. There must be plenty of RBs and LBs to chose from. Find them!

    • HOFCToDi

      One half of the outfield players (10/20) for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup will be under the age of 25:

      Johnston, Julie (DOB 06 Apr 1992)
      Dunn, Crystal (DOB 03 Jul 1992)
      Killion, Sarah (DOB 27 Jul 1992)
      Mewis, Samantha (DOB 09 Oct 1992)
      Brian, Morgan (DOB 26 Feb 1993)
      Wiliams, Lynn (DOB 21 May 1993)
      Sonnett, Emily (DOB 25 Nov 1993)
      Horan, Lindsey (DOB 26 May 1994)
      Lavelle, Rose (DOB 14 May 1995)
      Pugh, Mallory (DOB 29 Apr 1998)

      I realistically don’t expect Brianna Pinto to make the cut.

  • Calci0

    I thought Popp was a fwd?

    • Ethan

      Well, for Germany, I believe she usually lines up as one of the outside players in the “3” band of a 4-2-3-1. That’s an attacking midfield position.

      Edit: I don’t know why Maier is listed as a midfielder and Bremer as a defender though.

      • mockmook

        Daly played a bit as an OB in college.

        It is interesting to see where they actually see her playing.

        • Ethan

          So, that one seems to make more sense than Maier as a midfielder and Bremer as a defender.

          I have to think she’ll be played as a forward. I remember she played as a lone striker against France in an earlier friendly. Plus, Bronze is one of the best right backs in the women’s game (assuming Daly played right back in college given her stronger foot).

          Edit: Then again, she does have notable competition up front.

          • Steglitz49

            Jessica Samuelsson might disagree with you.

          • Ethan

            I don’t really know anything about Samuelsson, but I said “one of the best right backs”, not “the best right back”. I’m sure Samuelsson and any other player would agree that Bronze is a top notch right back.

          • Steglitz49

            I hope you know who Marta is at least.

            The qualifier “one of” is another weasel-expressions like some beer being the best in the world “probably”.

          • mockmook

            “Weasel words” are a sign of humility when you are dealing with opinions — it is an admission that your opinion is fallible.

          • Steglitz49

            It is a cover for ignorance.

          • guest

            Alex Greenwood was VERY solid at Left Back last SBC. One of the strongest players for them IMO and really held her own against Heath. Wonder what is going on there.

          • Ethan

            I was wondering if Daly was listed as a defender in Greenwood’s absence.

  • GT

    Very strong USA line-up IMO. (although I don’t know anything about Pinto)

    • Steglitz49

      The goalkeepers stink.

      • Guest

        So do you

  • Felix Krull

    Jeez Pinto must kill the beep test, the #1 predictor of soccer ability!

    • Steglitz49

      Her name does not start with an L.

    • tonysocref

      Don’t think she is going to be there. JE still has to cut 2 from the roster for SBC.

  • guest123

    Off topic: Could there be a July 2017 tournament between US, Brazil, Japan & Australia?

    Emily regrets delay in schedule, but plans strong test against USA, Australia and Japan

    The women’s team begins 2017 after the commitments. The calendar for the year will be closed only now at the beginning of the year, something that other teams have already organized since October. The observation is of the technique Emily. The coach regretted the absence in the Algarve Cup, one of the most traditional of the sport, but commented that the schedule also provides for big tournaments for Brazil. One of them will take place in July with big teams like the United States, Australia, Japan and Brazil.

    We have some preferences. Things are coming for us. There’s a tournament in July. The United States, Australia, Japan and Brazil. In September, Australia, France and us. Some things are already 90% confirmed. People also need to know more about the Brazilian team. The selections end in October the calendar. It is what hinders us. We are finishing our now alone. The strategy is to close the 2018 calendar in October at the most – said Emily in an interview with the blog.

    Full article to link:
    http://globoesporte.globo.com/blogs/especial-blog/dona-do-campinho/post/emily-lamenta-atraso-no-calendario-mas-planeja-teste-forte-contra-eua-australia-e-japao.html

    • Steglitz49

      It would make more sense to play against Sweden, Canada and Colombia, would it not?

      • CED

        US besides SBC are playing at Norway in June, they will surely play 2 games to make the overseas trip worth it. Second game not mentioned, maybe another Scandanavian country. They also will play Brazil and Japan in 2017.

      • guest123

        Sweden has Euros. Canada has 2 home friendlies in June vs Costa Rica so it might be too close. Colombia is not competitive. Also, the question is where will this be played? Australia & Japan might be too far. Its either in Brazil or US.

        • guest

          Apparently they were competitive at the Olympics. But that’s what happens when you start Christen Press I guess (lol jk jk)

    • sudeep das

      Thanks for the translation

  • Steglitz49

    Since WeltMeister and GerdKarl seem to be asleep on the job, this is what occupies women’s sport in Germany (ie not the SBC):
    http://www.bild.de/sport/wintersport/biathlon/laura-gegen-lena-vergleich-wer-ist-unser-groesster-goldschatz-50525060.bild.html

    • Mallory

      Weltmeister and GerdKarl? Are you drunken so that you see things twice?

      • Steglitz49

        Susan Dunklee rules OK.

    • President Tic-Tac

      Tell us about the latest jihadist attack in Sweden.

      • guest

        sweden is the model for an integrated muslim community.

  • guest123

    Strong ticket sales for the 3 venues with one week to go. Looks like USWNT will be coming back to the East coast for the foreseeable future.

    If I recall, Talen Energy Stadium has a capacity of 15K-16K and Red Bull is 25K.

    https://twitter.com/SoccerInsider/status/834105101757317120

    https://twitter.com/SoccerInsider/status/834090937747959813

    • guest

      Talen Energy Stadium seating capacity is 18.5K

  • truf

    I really hope to see Rose on the pitch. She’s made a few rosters now, let’s see it! I wonder if Jill will insist on trying the 3 back…or, rather a 2 back with a center mid playing center back. insane idea and I hope she does it, so we can get this experiment over with.

    • mockmook

      Moving players to new positions is nothing new (Averbuch made this same transition — and, I’d say, very successfully)

      DMs drifting back into the center of the back line to distribute the ball is nothing new

      So, it’s not really insane.

      Though, I’m open to being convinced that there is a better CB/Playmaker to be made/found than Long.

      Ella Stevens?
      Schuyler DeBree?
      Andi Sullivan?
      ??????

      • Steven

        Andi Sullivan tore her ACL back in December

        • mockmook

          Yes. I was thinking long term. For instance, Stevens is typically considered to be a Forward.

      • truf

        Moving players to new positions isn’t new, correct. but Averbuch never played center back for WNT. let alone in a 3 back for the national team. I do remember when Pia put Yael on the wing though. A women’s nat team hasn’t played with a three back in a Global tournament since brazil did it two WC’s ago and even then they had a sweeper. it didn’t work out.

        • mockmook

          You make it sound as though BRA using a 3-back is ancient history.

          They used a 3-back in both the 2011 WWC and the 2012 OG

          4 and a half years ago isn’t that long ago — and one “Global Tournament” cycle without a 3-back system being used isn’t a trend. Let’s see what the next cycle brings before declaring the 3-back dead.

          • Steglitz49

            Who cares what BRA do? Sweden is the new yardstick.

          • truf

            Please, tell me the last time a team reached the semi’s with a 3 back in the Olympics or WC.

          • #1Fan

            women only ? is that fair if a very small percentage play it?

          • DNG

            Even if we’re only talking about the women, I think OL has played it in each of the few matches I’ve watched them this year. Many consider them the best club team in WoSo so maybe it’s others that are slow to pick it up.

          • DNG

            Olympique Lyonnais feminin have played with a 3 at the back formation quite a lot. I believe they played with a 3-5-2 in the Champions League final with Wolfsburg last year which they won via PSO. I don’t think there is anything inherently inferior about 3 back systems compared to 4 back systems and ultimately the players determine the team’s success.

          • truf

            A lot more than players determine a team’s success, why else do we have coaches. tactics are just as important.
            I do not believe Olympique played a three back in league finals. what were their line ups?

          • DNG

            Tactics and coaching can only take you so far and are limited by personel. You wouldn’t expect Japan to play a bunker for counter-attacking opportunities with the players they have at their disposal. Similarly I would not expect a slow team overall to be able to effectively carry out counter-pressing tactic or teams with slow defenders to defend a high line.

            I’ve watched three OL league matches this year and they’ve used a 3 back formation in every match I’ve seen. I am unsure of what you mean by league finals. D1 does not have a playoff system like the NWSL they have a League winner, a Coupe de France winner, and the league teams that qualify can win the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

          • Steglitz49

            Even Pellerud gave as reason for preferring a 3-5-2 starting line-up that it naturally mutated to 4-4-2 if the opposition turned out to be stronger than expected and into 3-4-3 if they were weaker.

            Generally it is unwise for ladies teams to play 3 at the back unless they dominate the match. Ladies need 4.

            4-4-2 is the most common configuration for ladies teams, though I guess you could write them out 4-1-2-1-2 if you are into diamonds and christmas-trees and such stuff.

          • mockmook

            You are moving the goalposts — you originally said nothing about how successful the 3-back NT had to be after it made the “Global Tournament” (which is an accomplishment in itself).

            I’d say many teams are risk averse, and constrained by time — their players have likely all grown up playing in 4-back systems, so it is easier to just settle for that.

            But, with the right players, I think a 3-back is a better attacking formation (and doesn’t have to be a liability defensively).

          • Steglitz49

            WC-11 and OG-12 finals featured Japan and the US. In 2011 the US put Bra out after a pso and in 2012 Japan beat the 2-0 in play.

            The top defending team of late was Sweden against the US and then Bra. Maybe Sweden should be the model?

      • kernel_thai

        The problem here is Long isn’t a DM. Long is the latest in the long line of attacking mids pushed back into the DM slot. If Long were a great defender this wouldn’t be nearly the risk.

        • Steglitz49

          They ought to have learnt from the Bomb in Brasilia.

        • truf

          DM? she’s now playing center back.

        • HOFCToDi

          Allie Long is the definition of duct tape and baling wire.

      • Anson

        Tori Huster of the Washington Spirit is hands-down the “BEST” Defensive Center Midfielder in the NWSL! But we all know JE doesn’t care about defense! Defense in the end will hurt the USWT.

        • mockmook

          But, can Huster be the playmaker that JE envisions from the back line? I’d say the players on my list have that capability (along with the ability to defend).

          • Anson

            She is the sole reason the Spirit made it to the NWSL Finals last year! She can defend, play make and she would score if Jim let her go forward. Refer to the CRS game last year! There sat JE watching her beloved CRS get waxed by that Ginger single-handedly! The fact is JE doesn’t know how to play defense and possession soccer is not in her vocabulary. Her predecessor and Sweden figured it out. The USWT got played and JE did not prepare her team properly. Expect much of the same. Experience beats knowledge every time! The young girls they are bringing in will never develop under JE!

        • Steglitz49

          She is a red-head or at least ginger. The last ginger was Chalups.

      • HOFCToDi

        Playmakers are the #6, #8, #10 positions not centerbacks.

        • Steglitz49

          The shirts of Bobby Moore, Nils Liedholm and Gunnar Gren.

    • CED

      Lavelle after never being deemed good enough to get a CAP vs crap competition, though being in multiple camps and rosters, is not getting her 1st game vs top 5 opponents.

      • truf

        So if a player can’t start at 20 she should never be able to play a match? Rose first two roster’s were leading up to the Olympics, there are fairly obvious reasons why she was on the team (she’s good) and equally obvious reasons she didn’t play in those match (olympic prep). You’re also forgetting how many people got their first caps against top 10 opponents…it’s pretty common.

        • HOFCToDi

          Shannon Boxx did not receive her first senior cap until August 2003 at the age of 26.

          • Steglitz49

            In 2003 Germany beat Sweden on a Golden Goal in the WC final.

            That WC-03 Final is historic because 45% of Sweden’s population watched it on TV. It is the most watched event of any sort in Sweden.

            The WC-11 final was watched by 33-37% of Japanese in spite of being in the middle of the night. The fans then drunk the country dry.

        • Guest

          I hope that Lavelle and Morgan play as the 10 and 8. They in combination would potentially be fun to watch. Both show sparks of creativity we really haven’t seen in a WNT roster ever before. If they have good chemistry it could be very entertaining. I am a little concerned with how Lavelle will do with the physicality of this level. But she has great touch and should be able to play fast enough to avoid most confrontation. I don’t see her playing as a destroyer 6 her abilities are not suitable for that position. I think Morgan is wasted as a six. She’s big and rave enough and good enough in the air. Just think she would be better utilized more forward as a box to box deep lying playmaker 8

    • HOFCToDi

      drawformation.com/post/5811a58e0ff8b/5811a58e0ff8b.png

      Substitute Killion for Sullivan.

      A list of central midfield options for calendar year 2019:

      Killion, Sarah (DOB 27 Jul 1992)
      Mewis, Samantha (DOB 09 Oct 1992)
      Brian, Morgan (DOB 26 Feb 1993)
      Horan, Lindsey (DOB 26 May 1994)
      Lavelle, Rose (DOB 14 May 1995)
      Sullivan, Andi (DOB 20 Dec 1995)

      • guest

        given press, lloyd and dunn are the only ones who score these days… this doesn’t look promising.

        • HOFCToDi
          • guest

            You put sullivan in your line up and she isn’t even on the roster. Yet you call people dunces.

          • HOFCToDi

            You have a reading comprehension issue.

            “Substitute Killion for Sullivan”

            Back to blackboard, dumbass. Don’t forget your dunce cap.

          • Whiskey Pete

            Killion was cut from the roster dumbass!

          • HOFCToDi

            Drink some more whiskey.

    • southbayfan

      I’d expect to see the 3 back. SBC would be the acid test for it, and an excellent comparison to last year’s SBC, otherwise I don’t see the point for the experiment to begin with.

  • guest

    This is Christen Press’ tournament. She needs to shine here and if she does, you have your feature striker for the next 3 years.

    • HOFCToDi

      Back to the blackboard, junior.
      boswellspoetry.wikispaces.com/file/view/dunce_cap.jpg/230268140/826×582/dunce_cap.jpg
      Don’t forget your cap.

  • Ethan

    I’m interested to see how much game time the one natural holding mid on the US roster gets. I’m hoping for at least (preferably more of course) one half over the three matches, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Killion gets one/two late cameos or no game time.

    • mockmook

      If they use a 3-back with Long at CB, they definitely need to have a strong DM or two to support the Backs.

      But, given the roster we have, I’d play these — assuming I must use Long and a 3-back — both Brian and Lavelle have shown that they can play well as DMs:

      http://drawformation.com/post/58adb7d28db72/sm-58adb7d28db72.png

      • Steglitz49

        Why are you bothering with a certain player?

      • Ethan

        That lineup looks fine/good to me. I’d still want Killion (or at least maybe Mewis) in one of the center midfield positions, and I also probably prefer Lavelle/Brian/Mewis in the “10” spot over Horan.

        • Steglitz49

          It is not good. Get rid of Sauerbrunn and Long, the guilty of the Bomb in Brasilia.

          • AlexH

            I prefer the “Bumble in the Jungle”, but your point is well taken. Long and Brunn are just too slow to play a back 3 with a high line. Chose 1 and replace the other with somebody FAST.

          • mockmook

            Again, I constrained myself by saying I had to use Long and the current roster.

            But, while fast/quick defenders are nice for CBs, that isn’t everything, even with just 3-back.

            Long is there to help move the ball forward. Sauerbrunn (even with some recent gaffes) is still one of the steadiest defenders there is.

            Still, if I could have an “ideal” (and healthy) 3-back for 2019, I’d probably go with something like Menges — Sullivan — Skroski
            (Though I’d rather have Sullivan in the midfield)

          • AlexH

            Why constrain yourself Mock? Let your lineups breathe and run free!
            True speed isn’t everything but athletic quantity has a quality all of its own and having a very fast back 3 makes up for a lot of mistakes. This is an unfortunate necessity as even our smart defenders have been making lots of mistakes lately.
            As for moving the ball forward, just give me a backline that can switch fields around the back quickly, and hit the occasional long diagonal to expose a press and I would be more than happy. Let the other 7 outfield players do the heavy lifting especially if they are really good like ours are.

          • mockmook

            Fine!!!! 🙂

            My unfettered picks — though I avoided anyone I know to be unfit/unhealthy:

            http://drawformation.com/post/58ae3b66ace0b/sm-58ae3b66ace0b.png

            (Youth must be served)

            Of course, I would be immediately fired if I were the one picking.

          • mockmook

            “Let the other 7 outfield players do the heavy lifting especially if they are really good like ours are.”

            Well, it’s not just about the “playmaking”, it about playing out of trouble — so I think it is a very important skill even for defenders.

  • sudeep das

    Looks like Olympique Lyonnais is with the maximum players in this tournament

  • Paul Klee

    Is this the three sub or a six sub tournament?

    • Kevin

      It was 6 last year.

    • Steglitz49

      Friendlies usually are 6 subs. They can be more because the coaches just need to agree among themselves.

  • Duncan

    It is Demann not DeMann

    • Steglitz49

      Demain la Deluge?

  • mockmook

    BTW, congrats to Daly for making the ENG squad, albeit listed as a Defender (interested to see if that is just a category error).

  • AlexH

    Germany’s injuries are a blessing in disguise because it forces the coach to try out new players and options. I would NEVER hope for something like that to happen to the USWNT (or to anybody else) but it is testament to the sad state of affairs that having a spate of injuries to established players would do more to help the WNT win in 2019 than just about anything else.

    • rkmid71

      You didn’t see HOFC’s video?

      https://youtu.be/Yp9iQaK0eiA

    • HOFCToDi

      You forgot about Solo’s mouth and Rapinoe’s knee. As for Rapinoe, it’s the gesture not the surgery.