Wednesday Roundup: USWNT to host Brazil, Japan and Australia in summer tournament

The Equalizer Staff March 15, 2017 106

Also in today’s roundup, Joanna Lohman to be featured in They Bruise documentary and fans can compete with NWSL stars in March Madness.

The USWNT will reportedly host Brazil, Japan and Australia in a summer tournament. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

The USWNT will reportedly host Brazil, Japan and Australia in a summer tournament. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

The United States women’s national team will reportedly host Brazil, Japan and Australia in a four-team summer tournament. The tournament was reported by Cintia Barlem as a part of Brazil’s busy 2017 schedule.

According to Barlem, the tournament will be played between July 22 and August 3, which falls within the FIFA window set aside for the UEFA Women’s EUROs. Plans for the tournament may not be finalized yet, as some of Brazil’s scheduled competitions remain to be confirmed. U.S. Soccer has yet to confirm or deny rumors of a summer tournament, but Jill Ellis did list both Brazil and Japan as upcoming opponents for the USWNT in an interview with FIFA.com back in February. 

“Our biggest focus coming out of the Olympics was to continue to have a very aggressive schedule,” she said. “We will play Japan, England, Germany, France and Brazil. We have all these teams lined up to play. That is important, because you can’t take an off year.”

Judging by the number of teams, quality of opponents and timeframe during which the tournament will be played, it appears as though this tournament may be very similar to the SheBelieves Cup.

As Ellis said, 2017 may be an “off” year, but the USWNT is not treating it as such. The team will next host Russia in a pair of friendlies in April before traveling to Norway to take on one of their oldest rivals in June.

Joanna Lohman featured in web docu-series

Washington Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman will be featured in a new web docu-series created and directed by documentary filmmaker Marcos Meconi. They Bruise strives to shine more of a spotlight on female athletes who often go unnoticed in a field still dominated by their male counterparts. It also uses sports to explore much deeper issues such as race, sexuality, gender and other current political issues.

“We are entering a political climate where people are being intimidated because of their religion, skin color, immigration status, or sexual orientation. For queer folks and other minorities, the most important political act is to be ourselves in daily life–unequivocally, and unrepentantly,” Meconi said in an interview with AfterEllen. “That’s what Joanna Lohman does on and off the field. She plays the beautiful game to express her rich, complex identity, and allow others to do the same.”

{LAULETTA: Meet Joanna Lohman, the most interesting player in NWSL}

In the documentary, Lohman, easily identifiable on the field thanks to her signature Johawk, primarily discusses gender norms and the importance of being an out lesbian in the NWSL, two topics that she has been outspoken on in the past.

It’s unparalleled, really, as a pro athlete, the people that come to your games, that watch you, that really adore you, that look up to you, especially as an LGBT athlete and in a sport that has so many LGBT fans,” she said in the five-and-a-half minute documentary. “They see me out on the field, working. I’m proud of who I am on the field, off the field, and that gives them a little more confidence to be who they are. For me I think that’s the biggest impact I could make.”

The web docu-series premieres on Friday, March 17 with Lohman’s episode.

“She’s the ultimate bruiser,” Meconi said, “that’s why I wanted to kick-off the series with Jo’s story.”

WoSo catches March Madness

Heather O'Reilly is one of three woso celebrities competing in ESPN's tournament challenge. (Photo copyright Steve Bruno for The Equalizer.)

Heather O’Reilly is one of three woso celebrities competing in ESPN’s tournament challenge. (Photo copyright Steve Bruno for The Equalizer.)

Wish you could compete against some of your favorite NWSL stars? Well, thanks to the ESPN NCAA Tournament challenge, you can.

Heather O’Reilly, Allie Long and Jane Campbell are just three celebrities who have created a celebrity group for the online challenge, part of ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament. Other celebrities hosting groups include Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm), Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints), Chelsea Handler (comedian), Common (rapper), The Muppets and SoccerGirlProblems.

To participate, fans can fill in their own NCAA March Madness tournament brackets and compete against one another and/or their favorite celebrities for prizes worth up to $20,000. For more information or to register, click here.

  • Som Termanni

    The March Madness item missed the best bit:

    https://twitter.com/roselavelle/status/842109544616595456

  • Jana Sheffield

    Love the idea of a round-robin with top non-Euro teams during the Euros, but I still hope the NT players are available for the 22 Jul NSWL matches. Plenty of time between 22 Jul and 4 Aug to play 3 matches IF the NT rotates players so that 8 or 9 of them aren’t playing 450 minutes in 2 weeks. Plus, it would be pretty lousy to draw attendance and viewership away from NWSL games by playing on the same night.

    • Steglitz49

      Why have NWSL matches in a FIFA window?

  • Som Termanni

    > the tournament will be played between July 22 and August 3, which falls within the FIFA window set aside for the UEFA Women’s EUROs. However, Brazil.

    lol

    Anyway between camps and the tourney, that would probably hit 2-3 NWSL games (weeks 14-16), including at least one outside of the FIFA window.

    • Silver Frost

      Total brilliance on the part of USSF. Great coordination with the NWSL, the creation of USSF.

      • kernel_thai

        It’s not about coordination, it’s about just not caring.

        • guest

          FIFA window is July 16th to August 6th. Club teams must release players for international matches within FIFA window.
          a “caring” league could avoid scheduling matches in FIFA window and avoid the problem.
          however, NWSL choose to honor only 1 weekend (July 29th) within the FIFA window and scheduled matches for two other weekends (July 22 and Aug 4/5th) within the window.

          with top non-EURO teams (Brazil, Japan etc) available and interesting in matches with USWNT during the FIFA window it is reasonable for USSF to schedule those matches.

          trade off for NWSL was
          – avoid entire FIFA window and then either a) schedule more mid-week matches or b) reduce (24 down to 22 ) number of matches; or
          – only partially honor the FIFA window and schedule some matches within the FIFA window knowing that some Intl players (including USWNT) will miss some NWSL matches

          no amount of “caring” by NWSL or USSF cures the trade-off
          and one suspects the NWSL owners made their trade-off choice aware that they will do better via ticket revenue for the weekend games (even without intl/WNT) than they would have with additional mid-week or with reducing (24 to 22) matches

          • kernel_thai

            The April window is April 3-11. I can assume then NWSL teams will not lose their player the before 3rd even tho they did in the exact same situation last year.

            This whole tournament has only one purpose…sell tickets while they can. They gain nothing out of bringing the team together for a couple days while Ellis lays in yet another ill conceived plan followed by three matches in quick succession. If they were truly trying to get somewhere they would have a longer camp followed by a pair of friendlies. This way they could have done it around one weekend, helping the league, and gotten something done.

  • dw

    DISbelieves Cup?

    • guest

      Shesreleased Cup?

  • Movement

    So we just got done with the SheStruggles Cup.
    Now we’re on to the SheUnderperforms Cup ???

  • Ashley C

    A shame Canada isn’t in these tournaments.

    • Som Termanni

      It’s like they don’t want the free money of a Canada-US-Brazil-Mexico tourney in Vancouver, Portland, and San Diego.

      • DNG

        I’d rather watch the US play Japan and Australia than Canada and Mexico if it’s a choice. If they ever add another team I’d be okay with Canada.

        • sudeep das

          Australia has been long due. Although going by current form the Canadians are performing better than the Matildas.

          • DNG

            They’re playing well right now. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are a better team than the three in the tournament no matter the FIFA rankings. I think France is the best team in the world and they aren’t ranked number 1 in the world.

          • sudeep das

            France with the Le Sommer of SBC 2017 is definitely the best team – no questions about it. While a lot has been written about the Dept. of Defense and their absence causing that meltdown against France this year, very few have observed that despite a 4 back system in SBC 2016 the USA should have been down 2-0 by the half time had Le Sommer been in this current finishing form.
            In last 3 games, at least in the 1st half, the French had routinely dissected and overrun the US midfield. And worryingly the Americans haven’t been able to stop that. They keep talking about learning from mistakes and being a part of the process. But not reacting to 3 technically inept games in 12 months against the same opponent speaks of something else.

      • disqus_hj8dHnhlYK

        Notice how USSF hasn’t scheduled any USWNT games on artificial turf since the debacle in Hawaii in 2015. The only way the USWNT plays in Vancouver or Portland again is if those stadiums install grass or if USSF wants to piss off the players and rehash the media embarrassment they had over a year ago.

        • mockmook

          Actually they have played on turf since — can’t remember which game(s) specifically.

          I was surprised at how little comment there was when it happened and that the players didn’t make an issue of it.

          • Bruce

            Not all turf is created equal.

          • mockmook

            Not equal, but still artificial.

          • Arcie Tillydee

            Exactly. Hell, even turf-hating Thierry Henry praised the turf in Portland. We’d obviously sell out any USWNT game played here, as well.

          • DNG

            Minnesota I think. Good grass field > good turf field > bad grass field > bad turf field. Hawaii was a bad turf field.

          • disqus_hj8dHnhlYK

            I stand corrected. They played two games on turf last year. The game against the Netherlands and their second game against the Swiss. I guess I would have expected someone (media, commentators, fans, etc.) to raise a stink if/when they ever played on turf again and that didn’t happen, so I didn’t even realize it at the time. Even still, I don’t know if they would schedule an international friendly tournament on turf. It seems like USSF is trying to avoid turf since the percentage of USWNT games played and scheduled in 2016 and 2017 is a whole lot lower than it had been within the last 5-10 years. Even in the last couple of years before 2016 it was pretty rare for the girls to play on grass at home. Scheduling them in a region where they would likely freeze their butts off? Yes, absolutely.

    • kernel_thai

      The question is who is dodging who. Ud think the US would want the #4 team in the event so I have to believe Herdmann is avoiding the match.

      • DNG

        I’m not sure how much the US actually cares about the ranking. If they wanted to schedule more matches with Canada, I don’t see why they wouldn’t given the geographical convenience. No real need for Canada to be in the tournament.

        • kernel_thai

          So u don’t think one of them is trying to avoid the other? I believe the US has played more matches against Canada than any other country.

          • DNG

            Maybe but why does it matter for one of these tournaments? Again, if they want to have a friendly with Canada it’s an easy one to set up.

          • kernel_thai

            Well, heres the top 11…US, Ger, Fran, Can, Eng, Aus, Jap, Swed, Braz, NK, Nor. If Sweden is the second match on the Norway trip then they would have scheduled every top 11 team except North Korea and Canada, and Korea doesn’t do friendlies.

          • DNG

            I’m not saying your claim doesn’t have merit to it, I’m saying that it makes sense that Canada is not one of the teams in the two tournaments either way.

  • kernel_thai

    To be honest with quality soccer being played at Euros and NWSL Im not sure Ill have time to bother with this

  • Kevin

    If the USWNT comes in 4th place in this event, they have backup plans to play another tournament against Romania, Greece and Puerto Rico.

    • DNG

      If a 4th place finish got Ellis fired I’d be real tempted to root for it.

    • Silver Frost

      If the US plays the 3-5-2, then 4th place is a good probability.

      • mockmook

        What place did we get at OG16? What formation did we use?

        There is a common denominator and it isn’t formations.

        • kernel_thai

          Ur going to drive urself crazy trying to add logic to the equation. Wagner: US is using 3-5-2 because they r best in a two front. Ellis immediately ditched the 2front on arrival and has mostly played 3front or 1front. Logic simply doesn’t apply.

        • Silver Frost

          The common denominator is Ellis. I wish for the sake of US soccer that Ellis will succeed, but after the last two tournaments it is reasonable to have doubts. This 3-5-2 thing looks like a panic reaction to OG16.

  • katzia

    According to the NWSL schedule there are no games been played between July 4 and August 3. So they did plan a break for this.

    http://nwslsoccer.com/nwsl-announces-2017-schedule

    • DNG

      I think there is a FIFA window from July 22 to August 3. I’m not sure where your seeing no games for a full month

    • disqus_hj8dHnhlYK

      The following is copied directly from the link that you provided:

      Friday, July 07, 2017 7:00 PM Boston Breakers Chicago Red Stars Jordan Field
      Saturday, July 08, 2017 4:00 PM North Carolina Courage Seattle Reign FC WakeMed Soccer Park
      Saturday, July 08, 2017 4:00 PM Washington Spirit Orlando Pride Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex
      Saturday, July 08, 2017 7:00 PM Sky Blue FC FC Kansas City Yurcak Field
      Saturday, July 08, 2017 8:30 PM Houston Dash Portland Thorns FC BBVA Compass Stadium
      Saturday, July 15, 2017 4:00 PM Portland Thorns FC North Carolina Courage Providence Park
      Saturday, July 15, 2017 4:00 PM Seattle Reign FC Boston Breakers Memorial Stadium
      Saturday, July 15, 2017 7:00 PM Sky Blue FC Chicago Red Stars Yurcak Field
      Saturday, July 15, 2017 8:30 PM Houston Dash Washington Spirit BBVA Compass Stadium
      Saturday, July 15, 2017 7:30 PM Orlando Pride FC Kansas City Orlando City Stadium
      Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:00 PM Chicago Red Stars Orlando Pride Toyota Park
      Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:00 PM FC Kansas City North Carolina Courage Swope Soccer Village
      Saturday, July 22, 2017 8:30 PM Houston Dash Boston Breakers BBVA Compass Stadium
      Saturday, July 22, 2017 10:00 PM Portland Thorns FC Washington Spirit Providence Park
      Saturday, July 22, 2017

  • mockmook

    ““We are entering a political climate where people are being intimidated because of their religion, skin color, immigration status, or sexual orientation.”

    Oh, happy joy joy — this is what we need, more mixing of sports and politics — who doesn’t enjoy that????

    And, what better way to express “love” for the LGBT community than to make sure we admit as many immigrants as possible who want gays killed for being gay.

    • Silver Frost

      Sharia takes a dim view of homosexual acts, but so does the Old Testament.

      • mockmook

        So, we should import people with more extreme views? Why?

        • guest

          I bet that sounded irrefutable and brilliant when you typed it. What part of the country do you live in? Have you met anyone who is an immigrant, or who is Muslim? They’re just… people. Why are you so scared of them?

          • mockmook

            The Orlando shooter and his accomplice wife were just “people”.

            The San Bernardino shooters were just people.

            Etc.

        • Silver Frost

          Trump should look at where the 911 attackers came from: Saudi and Egypt, not on the current ban list at all. We don’t need to allow foreign nationals into the country who are at all dangerous. The key is vetting, when they apply for visas.

          • mockmook

            The ban list was put together by Obama.

            Regardless, I’m glad you are in favor of extreme vetting to make sure that those who enter our country will adhere to our cultural, tolerant norms.

          • htm222

            We elected a president who is advised by a white supremacist. Apparently our cultural norms are anything but tolerant. Too bad we can’t just move to government by the people for the people, aka a strict popular vote.

          • guest

            we will have congressional term limits and a federal balanced budget constitutional amendment before that happens.

          • mockmook

            Still lying.

    • CED

      Go away your rightwing nut. You and your bigot party of RepubliCons, along with your con man orange president, created a purposeful hostile climate for anybody but white straight males as a political strategy to appeal to retrograde people who glorified the 1950’s. Jeff Sessions and Peter King are the exact sentiment of the policies of your party, they are just the ones that say it in words, beyond the policies.

      • mockmook

        Yes, sorry for having a different point of view.

        I forgot that left wing wackos have to assault conservatives and shut down any of their free speech.

        • CED

          The only “assault” to conservatives is facts, Conservatism is based on ignorance.

        • guest

          How is anyone “shutting down your free speech”? You haven’t been banned from these boards, nor have your comments been deleted. People have point out they disagree with what you’re saying and want you to stop saying hateful, ignorant things. That’s how it works – you say things, people say things back. If you say hateful, ignorant things, people will say they don’t like what you said. What is shocking or “assaulting” about that?

          Even if you were banned, The Equalizer is a privately run site and the First Amendment applies to protection from the government.

          • mockmook

            I’m talking about the violence (mostly on college campuses) against conservatives.

            And, just because you say it is “hate” doesn’t make it so. That is the tactic that you and CED are using: You don’t debate what is being said, you just lie about conservatives being awful people, and then say no one should listen to them.

          • htm222

            lol. It’s not like you coherently debate.

    • guest

      LGBT lobby ask NCAA to restrict March Madness to Blue State, even though a significant percentage of college sports fans are conservative.

      • Ching

        The NCAA ONLY has Mens and Womens basketball teams. How is that
        inclusive? Shouldn’t they also have Genderfluid, Genderqueer,
        Non-binary, Trans, Furries, Drag, and Alien-kin teams?

    • htm222

      That’s a small slice of the issue, though. Are some muslims entering the US interested in killing gays? Possibly. But if I had to venture a guess, most of them are coming here because they WANT to be here and they want a better life. The larger issue is the empowerment of a large segment of the American population who want to champion certain religions (aka Christianity), skin colors, and sexual orientations over others. And I’m someone who finds the rhetoric of identity politics irritating… i’d rather we all work together as a unit without verbally reinforcing our differences, but when you have a president who describes Mexicans as rapists, it’s impossible.

      • mockmook

        Your statement is full of lies and distortions.

        • htm222

          please, describe

          • mockmook

            lie
            NOUN
            an intentionally false statement

            dis·tor·tion
            NOUN
            the action of giving a misleading account or impression

          • htm222

            Blame obama or give a non-response. Cool man.

  • Calci0

    I’m sorry but, but at some point USSoccer needs to show the NWSL a little respect. You can’t tout the importance of the NWSL and continue to undermine it by taking players during the middle of the season.

    • CED

      It’s during a FIFA window, therefore the players are required to be released to their countries if their country schedules games. Internationl football 101.

      • Calci0

        The Fed could have given a heads up to the NWSL so they could scheduled a break. The Euro’s are one thing. The USWNT didn’t have to schedule this tourney. I know the rules for int. windows. I JUST think this could have been planned better.

        • CED

          The Fed has no obligation and the league unless they are incompetent should know when International Windows are and schedule accordingly if they want full squads. You people whine when they schedule outside of windows now whine when they schedule in windows. USSF thus far has all games in windows in April, June, July…they are almost treating the league like a real league, which it’s not since USSF has to pay the salaries of 25 teams players. Feds around the world who care moderately about their programs almost always schedule every window b/c the fact is if they schedule 2 games in every window you get 12 game/yr without disrupting leagues. It keeps clubs content.

          • Calci0

            Not sure what “you people” is all about. My point is the Fed pretty much created the NWSL, yet seemingly don’t look out for its best interest intrest. Your product (the league) takes a hit when you deplete multriple squads for a 3 game tourney. A one game friendly would have fit.

          • CED

            Read the FIFA international break rules. It’s NWSL job to know players will be gone during these breaks. They can choose to foolishly still have games.

          • Calci0

            We aren’t on the same page. I know FIFA rules. My issue is the USWNT which is highly invested in the success of the NWSL, could have gone with a 1 or 2 game friendly with little impact if any. The NWSL seems to have planned for a break between 7/22 and 8/4 if you look at the schedule. This window would have fit two games. The Fed then decided on a 3 game Tourney which cost most NT players 2 games now. If the Fed wants the league to grow they need to stop watering “their” product. Obviously you disagree, which is just dandy with me….

          • Steglitz49

            The USWNT is not “highly invested in the success of the NWSL”. For them the NWSL is a means to an end — to make sure they are allowed to play in the WC.

          • USMNTfan4life

            They can only play in FIFA tournaments if there is a dometic league for them to play in? I guess that was the waiver FIFA granted to the USSF in order to get a men’s WC in ’94, right?

            The WNT players have no real interest in the league because they know it is not a big deal to the majority of the country. The WNT players only show up because they need to stay in the good graces of the federation, and WoSo fans. Just my two cents.

          • Steglitz49

            You put it simply and concisely. To the point.

            If there was no allocation money, I guess they would all play for rich foreign clubs.

          • CED

            LOL..What world are you living in that USWNT ” invested in the success of the NWSL”. WNT has contempt for NWSL and it’s shown by the clauses they put in the last CBA/MOU. “Cost them 2 games”…WNT are happy each game thye don’t have to play in NWSL. The number of examples of that are too many to list of players skipping NWSL game for BS while running to play in WNT games. Jesus, players skip the league semi final to go to a wedding. LLoyd has pulled BS skipping league games, as well as Brian, and a may others. WNT don;t care about NSL b/c they aren’t their employers.

          • Calci0

            By USWNT I am implying the Fed. And my frustration with how the USWNT/Fed deals with with the league is about on par with how it seems “some” players treat the league. For the league to work and succeed it needs the support of the USWNT/Fed and the players, and not to be treated as 2nd rate….

          • guest

            1st rate leagues do not schedule league matches within FIFA calendar windows reserved for international matches

          • cynic

            No, but a good federation (or at least one that cares anything for it’s own league) do plan ahead together with the league to minimize those collisions.
            If you want the fans to believe the league really matters the Federation should treat it as if it does. When the federation make clear time after another that it league is a distant second to even friendly WNT games, why should the fans really care about the league?

          • Arcie Tillydee

            Agreed: the league knows when the damn windows are.

          • DNG

            The only think I’d say is that I wouldn’t be shocked if the USSF took players a week early into camps for these matches which would be annoying.

        • guest

          “The Fed could have given a heads up to the NWSL so they could scheduled a break.”

          evidence would suggest that USSF/fed and NWSL did communicate, hence NWSL schedule does take a break (from 22 Jul until 4th Aug) for part of the (16 Jul thru 6th Aug) FIFA window and rumors/reports so far place Brazil & Japan matches within a 23 Jul – 3rd Aug period that fits the break that NWSL included in the NWSL schedule.

          Realistically the actual call-up dates may cut into either/both of the 22 Jul and 4/5 August weekends but it does appear that NWSL and USSF did communicate re late July break.

        • HOFCToDi

          The NWSL does not have access to the internet let alone the FIFA website? Stop blaming the USSF for the incompetence of the NWSL.

          • rkmid71

            Doesn’t the USSF manage the NWSL under mgm’t contract? If so, I”m assuming USSF is responsible for the NWSL incompetence.

          • HOFCToDi

            The USSF is not responsible for the NWSL.

    • kernel_thai

      Both operations r run out of the same office. NWSL owners simply need to pay there players and this problem goes away.

      • DNG

        I’m guessing that there are a bunch of NWSL teams that would not like to pay the NT player wages and have to raise the salary cap.

        • kernel_thai

          At least half of them Id guess. As long as USSF is paying them they r going to use them when they like. It’s really hard to take the owners side on this one.

        • rkmid71

          I’ve said this before, but instead of the USSF paying the portion of NT player wages related to NWSL play, they could simply provide those funds to the NWSL teams to pay as they see fit. So the NWSL teams have some say over how the NT players on their team get paid and there is some connection between pay and performance or even showing up for games. In other words, the player is employed by two parties with corresponding expectations. If that’s not the case, the NWSL team would just have to assume the player may or may not be there, isn’t really committed to the team, and plan accordingly with other players. Some NT players are much better than others about how they treat their NWSL teams.

          • DNG

            That’s what I would like to see too. But then the USSF would not have control of the USWNT players and would not be able to call them in when ever they like. Best solution is to keep working towards a goal of not needing the USSF at all in the future.

          • guest

            both English FA and Australia federation have tried the FA provide money to clubs – to mixed success.
            Now in both cases (England and Australia) the federations have changed to provide contracts directly to WNT players (“central contracts” for England WNT players when they play in FA WSL and 2 tiers of base contracts for Australian WNT) with players also able to negotiate/sign contracts with clubs to supplement the base contracts provided directly by fed.

      • cynic

        No, even if they pay them those games are in a FIFA window so the clubs MUST release the players for WNT games.

    • Arcie Tillydee

      Well, it IS a FIFA window. Kinda puts the responsibility on the league to avoid the window, IMO…and that didn’t happen: full slate of games on the 22nd.

      • DNG

        I agree. I wonder if teams that are hosting games on those dates could try and move them. Might be impossible for those without control of their venue though.

    • HOFCToDi

      The NWSL needs to show FIFA a little respect with regards to the 2017 International Match Calendar.

      resources.fifa.com/mm/document/affederation/administration/02/78/12/40/circularno.1535-2017fifawomensinternationalmatchcalendar_neutral.pdf

  • guest

    i wonder if the portland thorns will still be able to field a team with it’s players getting released for the uswnt summer tournament.

  • Timber Dave

    Glad to see Allie Long considered a “celebrity”. Though I hope it doesn’t go to her head!

  • #1Fan

    Soccerwire. Bravo. Gutsy article

    • Frozen Blue

      That has to be the most direct and comprehensive take down of Lloyd I have ever read.

    • DNG

      Lloyd is not going to like that article but it’s pretty much exactly what I observed and it’s been an issue for longer than the article mentions. The US has been playing up the wings since before the last WC.

  • HOFCToDi

    The true USWNT ……..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIP1sO9Pv50

    “I don’t believe what I’m seeing ………”

  • guest123

    Krieger throwing a little shade at Jill Ellis. Or someone’s been seeing the comments here.

    Q: When asked if she prefers having three or four players in the back-line, Krieger said she can adapt to either.

    AK: “For me, it doesn’t matter as long as we have the right personnel and the right positions. You can’t fit square pegs in round holes. And obviously Tom has a great plan for that. So we’re going to have the right personnel, and I think, personally, you have to look at your team and say, “Okay, this is a formation that we can play,” not fit the players to a formation that you wanna play. You’d rather wanna look at the players and say, “Okay, we’re able to play this formation.” And I think that whatever he decides to do, we’re gonna be 100 percent behind him in support of that, and I will do my job and everyone else is gonna do their job in order to make that successful. For me, I like either. I can adapt either way, and I think a lot of
    these girls are very professional in that way that they can adapt to any formation that he wants to play. So, we’re prepared for anything, but we’re gonna be very successful at it no matter what it is.”

    Full article link below.
    https://newdayreview.com/2017/03/16/notes-quotes-orlando-pride-316/