PISCATAWAY, NJ — Denise Reddy marched over to where a small group of reporters were waiting and was asked to diagnose what was ailing Sky Blue FC. For the next five minutes, save for a comment about not wanting to be the only team in NWSL without a win this season, Reddy spoke like a coach whose team was closer to the top of the table than hopelessly mired on the bottom.
“Today? We played like one of the top teams in the league. Hands down,” Reddy said after a 1-0 loss to the Reign dropped her side to 0-7-1. “There are no guarantees that we’re going to play great and win. All I can ask is that we do everything—all of us—we’re going to do every single thing today to put us in a position to win the game. Check. Check. Check.”
Three days after Reddy answered, “It sucked,” when asked about her team’s game in Washington, the first-year NWSL head coach made a tactical tweak by adding an additional defensive midfielder to her formation.
“I think it helped having two 6s in the buildup phase,” Reddy said…
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