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    Re: Back to the important stuff....

    Will not be surprised if Columbia makes the final four in the 2026 World Cup. A lot can happen/change in two years, but as it stands now, they are primed to make a deep run in '26.

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    Yeah, CR played a bunker defense, trying for a 0-0 draw. Still, CR is ranked 44th for a reason. WTF! I know this, young versions of Morgan, Wambach, Lloyd, Rapinoe, Heath, Press would have hung 6 goals on CR even with them bunkering down. Not seeing it with these youngsters. Gets real now, a major international tournament looms.

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    More...US had 80% of the possession, 16 corners to zero, 26 shots to 2, none in the second half for CR. Yet, Hayes never came out of the dual sixes even when CR posed zero threat to score. Horan was playing the nine, attacking midfielder, a position that is not her best. Rose Lavelle is nursing a leg injury so she was sidelined last night. And so Hayes should have beefed up the offensive midfield. Not impressed with the chunky Emma Hayes, so far. Okay, she's only had four matches and a couple of weeks in camp with the team, and this is a young team. But Hayes' decisions have left a lot to be desired.

    Also, these players are weak. Don't mean in their skills, talent, or athleticism, but in their mental toughness, and lack of physicality. Carli Lloyd was tough as nails, never shying away from mixing it up. Taking hit after hit and not losing her cool or backing off. Alex Morgan too, has always taken a beating, cheap shots, but just bounces up and keeps going. Last night Trinity Rodman got frustrated being fouled and wanted to retaliate. Julie Foudy immediately jumped on Rodman warning she had better get used to it. Soccer is a fluid, finesse game, but it's also a physical sport, especially at the international level. And, our strikers, Swanson, Smith, along with Rodman, Williams, and Shaw are all pansies. Afraid of mixing it up, backing away instead of battling to regain possession.

    Not optimistic about this bunch getting a medal in France. Would be the second straight failure for USWNT in a major tournament. Also getting tired hearing "the world has caught up." Maybe, but USWNT has internal issues needing correcting, separately from what the rest of the world is doing.

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