Breakers sign top overall pick Rose Lavelle

The Equalizer Staff February 27, 2017 74
No. 1 overall pick Rose Lavelle has signed with the Boston Breakers

No. 1 overall pick Rose Lavelle has signed with the Boston Breakers

The Boston Breakers announced the signing of No. 1 overall pick Rose Lavelle on Monday. The 21-year old is currently training with the U.S. national team and could receive her first senior cap at the SheBeleives Cup which kicks off on Wednesday.

“Of course selecting Rose at No. 1, we always knew we were going to sign her,” Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “She is a talented footballer with a great future ahead of her.”

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Lavelle scored 22 goals and added 29 assists at Wisconsin and was named Big Ten Midfielder of the Year as a junior and senior. She also appeared on the All-American list three times. Lavelle was first called into U.S. camp last year but has yet to be capped.

The announcement of the Breakers signing Lavelle to a standard player contract comes on the same day the news has broken that No. 13 Toni Payne has elected to sign with Ajax rather than play for FC Kansas City this season. It also does little to solve the riddle about U.S. Soccer subsidized players for the 2017 season.

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Last year, top pick Emily Sonnett had already been announced as an allocated player when she was drafted. This is the first year the information has not been made available in January, presumably because of the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations between the USWNT Players Association and U.S. Soccer.

Lavelle’s signing of a standard contract does not prevent her from becoming subsidized by U.S. Soccer at any time.

“I’m super excited to join the Breakers,” she said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to grow as a player in this league, with this coaching staff, and with this team.”

The Breakers also used 1st round picks on Morgan Andrews (No. 3), Ifeoma Omumonu (8), and Margaret Purce (9). Andrews and Purce were recently named to the U.S. U-23 national team.

  • GT

    She may be an “allocated player” no?

    • another guest

      Even if Lavelle now becomes an allocated player Boston is now on the hook for her contract $$$ for this NWSL season. If USSF/USWNT does decide to allocate Rose then USSF will pay delta $$ needed to bring contract amount up to whatever the new CBA sets as federation/allocated player NWSL salary but Boston will still pay the contract $$$ amount.

      • dw

        I don’t think that’s how it works at all…

        • g2

          in the past (for example is K Mewis who became allocated during her first season in FCKC) when a player becomes allocated during the season USSF pays the delta $$$ necessary to bring the contract $$$ with NWSL club up to the allocated player salary set in CBA/MOU.

          • dw

            I yield. Clearly that is how it worked in previous years…

          • mockmook

            Right, but with a CBA — they may change the rules when the new CBA is made (perhaps as a one time exception, since the situation doesn’t come up that often).

        • another guest

          text from EQ article published August 23, 2013
          titled “Kristie Mewis already subsidized by US Soccer”

          “… Mewis, the No. 3 overall draft pick in January, was receiving the maximum rookie salary (amount still undisclosed) when at some point during the year, she began receiving an increased U.S. Soccer supplement in addition to her FC Kansas City salary.”

        • mockmook

          Yeah, I think if the system was different for un-allocated players in the past, they will adjust it this time because there was no CBA

  • Steglitz49

    Tottenham Hotspur will play Blackburn Rovers in the final of the FA Premier League Reserve Cup. Blackburn are the holders of this Cup. It is a handsome trophy.

    • guest

      A Swede being deep in the arse of the English

      • Steglitz49

        Remember Brasilia!

        Zlatan is king of England!

        Anyone of Carli, Crystal or HAO could face one another in the FA women’s Cup final and Carli could be in the ladies Champions League final, as could a selection of other north-American players, ever one arse of the US for you to climb up into, brown-nose that you are.

  • Steglitz49

    Arsenal, Liverpool, Millwall Lionessess and Teesside Sport will contest the semi-finals of the FA Girls’ U-16 Youth Cup.

    The QFs finished: Arsenal 4-1 Birmingham City; Liverpool 4-1 Aston Villa; Millwall Lionesses 2-1 Chelsea; and Sunderland 0-1 Teesside Sport.

  • AlexH

    Does anybody know how much leverage a #1 draft pick has in the NWSL when it comes to negotiating salaries. Could RL realistically dangle the possibility of going abroad (or even getting a real job or continuing her education) in order to get more?

    • guest

      My understanding (previous media reports and some hints in past NWSL roster rules) is that in the past NWSL has set salary range (i.e. salary range x-y for first round picks, salary range m-n for 2nd round picks, etc) and players and team would normally negotiate the contract within the range.

      One assumes with new salary min (and salary completion from intl clubs) that the NWSL prescribed salary ranges are higher this year – but with some drafted players choosing to head to Europe the range may not be competitive

    • mockmook

      There is a cap on individual salary, so you only have a little leverage.

      Basically, it’s take it or leave it (Payne style).

  • guest

    I will be really interested to see if Lavelle’s game translates to the USWNT and the pros. I actually think she would fit better in Europe where her sophistication might be better utilized. She is definitely not a run and gun player and needs other high soccer IQ players around her to really shine. If you draw two defenders and back heel it to your, now wide open, teammate and she doesn’t see it coming, it can be a turnover. She may make magic with Heath and Press if they play her as a real 10, but then what to do with Llyod? My opinion is the bench as a super sub to come in as a 9 in the last 20 minutes. But that won’t happen.

    My one concern is physicality in the middle of the field. If I was coaching against her I would tell my meanest nastiest brute of a 6 to stick to her and drive her nuts all game long. That’s another piece the USWNT is missing a real 6. I hope they come back in style soon.

    • ARED

      Definitely she is a player who will be at her best when paired with others who can play her way -which has been true for a few others as well (Heath, Brian, Holiday, Press, etc). It all depends on the team and players around her, which you only know when we see it. Unfortunately I don’t expect Ellis to use her well, or even much at all, based on what we have seen over the years from Ellis. We’ll see in NWSL, but it’s not likely to be easy being on such a disadvantaged team.

      If the USA played players like Heath, Press, Lavelle, Pugh, O’Hara, and Morgan I think you’d have a great mix of that fast and “sophisticated” style, while also being strong physically as well. If Long plays as a midfielder she adds to this too. Lloyd is a strong player physically, but I would sacrifice that for the improved ability to keep and use the ball that the team could get if they moved on. Everyone would complain also about how small the Spanish were, and lacking in physicality…..even as the national team had the most dominant period we have seen in decades (and the clubs have also been dominant in Europe for some time despite many similar critiques).

      • guest

        I enjoy Lavelle’s game. However, I too fear she won’t be used successfully in the NWSL and WNT. It will be a shame if they dumb down her game to the point where there isn’t much left.

        • #1Fan

          what are you saying? That the WNT dont have players she can mesh with ?

          • guest

            I think am saying she is a combination player and will not complement LLoyd and maybe Horan unless she is used only as a ball winner 6. They seem to be looking for straight ahead athletes for the most part as forwards. Pugh and Sanchez are such. Lavelle is a finesse midfield player and her game is not a straight ahead all engines firing at once game. If they are looking for a 10 who scores a ton of goals with galazos from distance and plays balls over the top to the athletes, rather than a 10 who keeps defenses off balance and out of shape with deft dribbling and unexpected passes in combination, she may fail. If she feels the only way to get on the field is to support a run and gun game she might decide to try and alter her style to better her chances and I think that will be a shame.

            My hope is that the coaches are actually trying to improve the sophistication of women’s soccer and mix in enough possession style players like Brian and Lavelle to possess from the back through the midfield and then play a great ball to an athletic forward or two making a penetrating run. I think she might have fun combining with both Brian and Heath to break down a bunker. Further we as spectators might get some entertaining moments from that. I like that mixing of possession in the back through the midfield and athleticism at forward as an american style of play.

          • DNG

            No one complements or combines well with Lloyd. She’s a hero ball player, a target, and a poacher. Horan is nothing like Lloyd from a comparison stand point other than she is also good in the air. I think Lavelle would work great with players like Brian, Heath or Sullivan if/when she recovers. I’m not too worried about her right now but we’ll see how things go and how she plays this year.

          • guest

            I think we agree

          • DNG

            I’m not sure if you were alluding to this but I think Lavelle would combine well with Horan too. I think Horan needs to play up top though for her to be her most effective. She’s intelligent but I’m not sure she will ever be a great CM.

          • #1Fan

            why not Press ?

          • DNG

            Press too. Just slipped my mind.

          • Arcie Tillydee

            Absolutely agree. Horan has the ball-at-the-feet chops and the mindset to combine well with a technical playmaker like Lavelle.

          • #1Fan

            So many issues you touch on. To play the game I think you want, you need fluid movement in the final third. I think you need a striker who is adept at dropping OFF to receive and interchange with the midfield. I dont see that type of forward on the team (except one) They all seem more comfortable with the early ball over the top. It why I would prefer Press. Im not saying she is better , I just prefer the style of play options that she would open up. Its hard to say that hear because it usually leads to the discussion going way off topic.

            I think that the USA has been afraid to try and outplay the better footballing teams. I can see the risk in that.

          • guest

            Agree I think we are of the same opinion and see the game similarly.

          • DNG

            With the right support around her I think Press would be the best US striker right now and probably more importantly I think the team would be better for it overall. I feel similarly about Horan but she has more to prove to me than Press does. She might not be able to stretch the field like Press or make the same sharp runs in the box but she positions herself well in the A3 and combines well. She can bring others into the game in a way I’m not sure Press can by holding up the ball deep in the A3 and then moving it to players making runs off her. She would cope with some of the more physical CBs better than Press would too. Not sure she’s as good a goal scorer as Press though and that’s the name of the game for a striker. I’m kind of worried she will never get the chance to prove herself as a forward again since Ellis doesn’t think she has the pace to press back lines.

          • #1Fan

            I agree. I just think you can build a team that allows many more attacking players to flourish. I still think we pay lipservice to the true culture of team . it seems like false smiles , snapchat stories and Insta gram takeovers, but none of the bigger “stars: are prepared to sacrifice for the greater good. I just think the culture is wrong and it hinders putting the 11 players out there that would perhaps make the best team.

          • DNG

            Almost all of the US attacking players for years have been the type of playmakers that you aptly said, create for themselves. Too few are able to bring others into the game in a meaningful way. I just don’t think the team has a defined identity when they are going forward yet. One group of players want to play one way while a couple others only know how to play another. Their identity while defending is more defined but they have even put that on the back burner a bit while they search for answers going forward. Hopefully they can figure it out in the next couple of years and the CBA makes it easier to bring new players into the fold and cut dead weight.

          • AlexH

            The culture would improve if the head coach would have the courage to cut players that stand in the way of whatever she defines as progress. Of course as a corollary, if the coach doesn’t win then she should get the ax which is something that the Federation Pooh-Bahs never do with their lifers.

          • #1Fan

            CBA

          • AlexH

            I think the WNT should just go for bigger, stronger, faster and fitter. A good coach can coach up the finer points and a bad coach….well at least our team would still be bigger, stronger, faster and fitter.

    • #1Fan

      Good players adapt to the abilities of their team mates. I dont buy the notion that its a good pass if its not successful. I do buy the notion that her game may not be suited to the team, but time will tell. I think they will build around her – or at least try to.

      I think as you alluded to, will the league reward her playing style?

      I think that is a huge question becasue if you look at your Spain example, the way the game is refereed there plays a big part. My experience of WoSo at all levels is its overly physical becasue refs do not enforce the laws and dirty play is excused under the label of tough or committed.

      I hope she does well.

      • My2cents

        “My experience of WoSo at all levels is its overly physical becasue refs do not enforce the laws and dirty play is excused under the label of tough or committed.”

        I agree!

    • Breakers fan

      Great – advocating that our best players leave so a prettier picture can be painted, and also for potentially dirty, malicious, injury-causing play against a very good smaller player — really insightful and helpful to the NWSL, the future of soccer in America and Rose. Thanks!

      • guest

        Whether or not Llyod is “our best player” is clearly a topic open for debate. “Stick to her and driving her nuts” is not exactly ” dirty, malicious, injury-causing play”. What I advocate is gamesmanship that is part of a contact sport. If Lavelle can’t manage it, she won’t be successful. I hope she can.

        • Breakers fan

          Interesting you decided to leave out of your quoting of yourself “the meanest nastiest brute” part. So… you love the beautiful play of the European technicians but you also like to call on the services of mean and nasty brutes. Rose didn’t complain about being at Wisconsin -she absolutely loved it there. They have drafts to try to help the lowest-finishing teams – in case you didn’t know that – we should be glad she decided to stay and play here. Let’s see how it goes with the team before talking about it.

          And I said nothing about Lloyd – no idea where that came from. I certainly don’t think she is, especially at this point in her career. My “best players” comment was referring to Rose, as one of our best young players, because you suggested she go to Europe.

          • DNG

            I don’t think drafts to help the lower placing teams is going to work forever. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jordans and Paynes became more frequent. It will get even tougher if there is some sort of free agency process in the future.

          • Breakers fan

            We’ll see. This could also be a fad or something players do for 1 year. Will be interesting to see if Payne and Jordan come back and finish the year with their NWSL teams, and then, even more interesting will be what they decide to do next year – their choice would I think indicate which situation they ultimately prefer. I find it impossible to predict how many players will forego the NWSL to play overseas in the future, especially in their first season.

            How would free agency work in the NWSL – do you have a picture of that? What would alter from what currently happens? I don’t totally understand the current situation. Let’s say a rookie in the NWSL signs a 2 year contract with a team. Then 2 years pass, she fulfills her contract. Is she now a free agent? Does the team exercise any rights, any control whatsoever over her? Does she enter the “Discovery” process? I think this is when free agency would kick in, right? How do you see it happening?

          • DNG

            I’m not saying that a ton of players will forgo the NWSL, I’m saying that I think there will be players who leave for a year in order to leverage themselves into situations they find beneficial to themselves(see Brynjarsdottir).

            There is no free agency in the NWSL. When a player’s contract is up, she can’t chose to sign for any other team in the league unless the team she previously played for or was drafted by releases her rights. Allocated players have little leverage to change teams too.

          • Breakers fan

            Thanks. You may be right about people leaving to try to later get on a team they want to be with. Maybe Portland can have 2, 3 teams in the future.
            I know/thought there isn’t free agency now but since you brought it up I was asking how you see it working, and what would change if it is implemented. Are there a lot of rumblings that players want it to happen? Is this something we may expect to happen in the near future? Trying to understand you raising the topic.

          • DNG

            The players have no leverage and no union and those types of thing would have to be collectively bargained. Unlikely to happen in the immediate future since the league doesn’t make money. The restriction of no free agency is essentially another tool to keep salaries low. Non-NT stars are not able to go to the highest bidder at the moment.

          • Breakers fan

            Thanks. Yes, it doesn’t seem like it’s in the foreseeable future. If it happened it seems like Portland would become an absolute all-star team. They’d be the Yankees of recent memory. Not sure who the Red Sox and Dodgers would be after them.

          • #1Fan

            think outside the Box. It could be NYCFC or NYRB or LA Galaxy – any of the wealthy Mens Clubs without a team currently

          • Steglitz49

            Real Madrid or Man Utd. Maybe they will get one soon?

          • Steglitz49

            A number of foreign teams can match NWSL salaries. For that the player gets to experience a foreign country and culture. The NWSL needs to either up the ante or grin and bear it.

          • guest

            Ok to be clear. I don’t advocate anyone purposely taking actions and hoping to hurt anyone. However, I do think that bumping and jostling is part of the game and can throw some smaller technical players off. Maybe I was going for a bit of drama. Saying that, I coach kids and Lavelle is going to play with women. People’s jobs are on the line and if I was a NT coach, I would absolutely tell my nasty number 6 to knock her off her game if possible. Not direct her to hurt her, but there is a lot that can be done within the laws to accomplish this at the highest level.

            My point really is she will have to absorb physical abuse especially in the middle of the field head to head with a 6 that absolutely will be directed at her to be successful. Maybe I poorly started that.

            My opinion on Lloyd, I think Lloyd is disruptive to the flow of the game and will specifically disrupt Lavelle in any attempts to elevate the US game’s sophistication level. personally, were I all powerful I would cut her. FIFA POY just shows how little FIFA thinks of WoSo and is not a reflection of her abilities.

            The USA itself admits that the rest of the world has gone beyond it as far as soccer technical and tactical level as discussed in numerous press releases. Supposedly the entire basis for the GDA implementation (not sure I entirely believe that) is to help “catch us up”. Agree that our athleticism still resulting in wins over more sophisticated teams. But even the USA worried about it.

          • Breakers fan

            Thanks for the clarification. I agree that Rose will have to be able to deal with physicality. No doubt she’s well aware of it too and has been dealing with it for years to a degree I just hope she doesn’t get hurt in the process from directives by coaches to go after the little one with their big one and then the big oaf can’t really control herself too well and Rose gets a bad injury.

            I’m aware of the technical/tactical/athletic debate on the worldwide scale and the professed attempt and wish to shift more towards the former. An ongoing thing that will happen.

          • #1Fan

            point is, we dont value technicians in the US. its a miracle any survive. My kid is kicked all over the field EVERY game. The referees do nothing to stop it or protect it. I dont think people realize how bad it is and how the whole environment shapes the sort of players and playing styles we produce.

            Yael Averbuch is one of the best players the US ever produced imo. How many caps ? 26. on the Intl scrap heap already. Technical, great passer, great vision . no place for her. Personally I dont think Sullivan, Lavelle or Pinto are any better

          • Breakers fan

            I love technicians and have advocated as strongly as I could for some here in the U.S. – to no avail, so I’m with you there. I also love watching great athletes play as they still need to be able to execute well enough to succeed. It’s not all or nothing with players. Try putting NFL running backs. d-backs, receivers on a soccer field and see how they do – rhetorical point. I appreciate “what succeeds” and one thing that succeeds often is technical play as we saw in both the U17 and U20 WCs. We assume our players are “much better athletes” than those on other teams but I’d actually like to see some athletic tests between our u17s and U20s vs. the Japanese and North Korean players – you’d have to decide how to measure “athleticism” , besides speed but those players are good athletes too.
            if you’re Ellis is your primary goal now to please the discerning eye of the sophisticated fan so his/her viewing experience of an evening can be a delightful experience, or is your focus to win the game? It’s going to be a mixture of speed and good soccer regardless but do you intentionally slow play down to make a pretty picture for the most critical fans because that would really mean “winning the game”? Do strings of passes now = goals? You see what I’m getting at. Are aesthetics now King? That said. I do hope we move more in that direction but I also hope we don’t lose sight of trying to put the ball into the back of the net, or that we become ashamed of our strengths because we again are trying to gain the applause of what could be called the upper-class of viewers. It’s a sticky situation, I realize……good technical play will lead to more goals in the end. You play each situation by ear….and the goal still is to score.

          • #1Fan

            Im not defining technique narrowly. If I can create chances by getting fast players to get to the bye line and cross for a Wambach type why do I need to do anything else unless I aspire for more? It takes technique to do that, but not every team has that option. US players do not generally face many problems to solve in the games they play internally. Its the same style mostly and the same qualities are successful vs it. Intl play is different and the teams do pose much more complex problems that need solving in game. to solve them, you need to be able to play in a variety of ways with in the game. To do that you need a bigger toolbox. AS you saw form the WCs …our youth players do not have big toolboxes.

            I am only advocating more tools , becasue I can see a time when we cant score consistently becasue what we are trying to do is too easy to stop.

          • Breakers fan

            Sorry to hear that about your kid – that’s too bad and shouldn’t be happening — all those non-calls. Is she a small technical player more than she is a fast, athletic one? How would you describe her game?

            Averbuch – hmm, will have to focus more on her – she hasn’t really stood out to me to date but I haven’t really honed in on her. KC is one team the Breakers have had some success against the last few years. What’s the gripe about her from official circles – too slow?

          • #1Fan

            Interesting. She plays CB now but was an attacking midfielder. One of the most decorated in the history of the College game.

            thats my point.

            She is 30 now ..and still is as technical a player as we have EVER produced.

          • Breakers fan

            I am well-aware of her, remember her playing for a spell on the NT some years back, have seen KC play a bunch of games. She’s very tall, has a rocket right leg, they used to use her for free kicks on the NT. KC still does. I think of her at CM, didn’t know they’d moved her back. UNC grad, writes about the game,. I do know some things about her, she just hasn’t distinguished herself in a marked way in the games I’ve watched that she’s been in – she hasn’t made me say “Wow, look at her” but that could be may failing and your comments now make me want to focus more on her, so thanks for the tip! So what was the reason the NT cut her, in your opinion? What wasn’t she doing well or did she just get a completely undeserved shaft?

          • #1Fan

            its just interesting that NOW the USWNT appear to be looking for exactly the type of player she is./was.. When they had her, they preferred a less accomplished more physical athletic type .

          • Breakers fan

            Do you think she would be the best choice for the NT DM in the present? Or is she (too far) past her physical prime?

          • #1Fan

            I think she absolutely could play. She plays in the NWSL now and in my opinion is one of the better players. No one reads the game better.

            thats why I say we dont value technicians. Lloyd is considered a better player,. Not in my book.

          • Breakers fan

            I’ll definitely try to watch her more closely this coming season, thanks.

          • #1Fan

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_a4zJBLBX8

            When Lloyd does this people go crazy ..

          • Breakers fan

            That is an AWESOME shot! – in the original meaning of the word: “Inspires awe”. Love the outside of the foot spin to have the ball trail away from the keeper. Agree – if Lloyd did that we’d all be much more familiar with it. I hate how that works.

          • #1Fan

            Ty but, dw about her. Its just to illustrate what happens. poor refereeing impacts the players you produce

          • Breakers fan

            Yes. And that’s why I bristled at the wish of the guest here who was relishing the notion of sending Vinnita out to “dog” Lavelle all game long. That can turn ugly too easy even if unintentionally, but also Rose may slip by her often leading to goal chances.

          • #1Fan

            Its the way the game is player here. you could not do that if refs gave yellows and reds for persistent fouling

          • Breakers fan

            Hear, hear!!!

          • Steglitz49

            Your assessment of Yael Averbuch does credit to Göteborg but more objective observers might want to disagree with you.

    • Breakers fan

      I’ll be curious to watch the high-level of sophistication from the Europeans that will be on display over the next week. I say that with a degree of sarcasm as I think it may be a bit overstated but we’ll see. They are certainly held up by many as being just such players. I look forward to being wowed by them.

      • DNG

        I think a majority of the European teams(and Japan) the US has played over the last year understand the game better than most of the US players and have better fundamentals. That of course doesn’t mean that they can beat the US in a match since almost every team has difficulty matching the US’s team athleticism but that’s what I see.

        • Breakers fan

          Agree in a general way but it’s not of course a black and white thing like people enjoy portraying it. All of this and none of that on one side, and vice versa. If that were the case we would be losing all the time to these teams. And of course the goal is to score more goals than the other team. If they understand the game so well they should be able to combat anything and defeat pretty much all defenses having 90 minutes to work with. I look forward to seeing the “state of things” in the next week. Unfortunately I will be working every night there are games so I’ll miss the commentary by and large as I will watch the games a day later.

          • DNG

            My prediction is that all the teams will be pretty evenly matched. If the 3 back fails Ellis has the personnel to quickly switch to a back 4.

          • #1Fan

            disagree. Ultimately its a physical contest and to earn the right to be technical one MUST overcome first the physical. Japan are miles better technically than the US and have been for a long long time. Does not mean they win ? of course not. I also believe that in general terms, players assume the character of the environment they are raised in. They aspire to the values that are cultural y celebrated. There is a prototypical Brazilian player, or Dutch player or English or Italian. Does it mean every player is like that..of course not.

            There are differing strategies and approaches that teams can take to win a game, some more appealing to watch than others. as a neutral spectator, I would want to see pleasing soccer of a high level.

            The result is what it is and ultimately it is what matters when talking the major tournaments, BUT it still think that the US in general have played a pretty bland brand of soccer and have relied on being able to overpower teams over 90 ,minutes.

            Its a microcosm of the whole process. The US have never won the u-17 WC – have won the u-20 a few times – and have won the WC 3x ..more than anyone else.. They have been able to keep women playing the game for longer than anyone and end up outlasting the RoW to success.

            we will see if this continues.

          • Steglitz49

            Though your statement — “Japan are miles better technically than the US and have been for a long long time. Does not mean they win ? of course not.” — would have been correct if you had thrown in an “always”. Nevertheless Japan won the encounter that mattered: the ladies 2011 WC final. That was reminiscent of the 1954 men’s WC final and equally symblic and historic.

            Japan may never win anything again but their “golden generation” lives forevermore in the hearts and minds of any soccer fan.

        • AlexH

          I don’t know about that. Last OG the French (held by many as the most sophisticated Euro team) looked utterly impotent against the USA except when they were pumping the ball over the top or to their bigs on set pieces. Other Euro teams seem to only get the better of us by beating our backline for speed. Japan, on the other hand, do play a game that is as beautiful as it is effective.