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    Re: Back to the important stuff....

    Quote Originally Posted by dawg80 View Post
    The US side can ill-afford injuries, especially season-ending ones.

    Possession... Chile is a good team, but not world-beaters, yet they out-classed us for 90 mins. We mostly chased the ball. Until the US consistently has opponents chasing the ball we'll always be chasing that Final Four appearance in the WC Finals.

    Defense... MARK UP! Goal side! And that doesn't mean staying 5 yards away.
    The MNT has never been good at playing possession soccer. Our best WC years were playing with Donovan in a dual role making runs and defense. Iíve seen arguments that US soccer should be based/built in a rock solid defense and set pieces.

    But from what Iíve seen now we donít have a single decent holding midfielder. Bradley is a turnover machine and Pulisic canít handle the double team that he will regularly face right now. I just donít know how to solve the development piece where the us clearly has money and resources but cannot make it happen.

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    If you can't possess the ball...and that means consistently and with a purpose...you will NEVER win a WC, and probably never reach the Final Four even..

    USWNT in 2015 had the best, BY FAR! midfield in the world. We could do anything we wanted, when we wanted, between the 18s. Oh, and BTW, we won the World Cup too!

    Donovan is the best player in USMNT history. He ran up and down only because he had to to give us a chance. Imagine if he didn't have to, and could have just played the position he was born to play: attacking midfielder.

    Nah! the USMNT has got to get better at possession. Might as well start with youngsters and train 'em right.

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    Re: Back to the important stuff....

    US 5 Australia 3 (USWNT)

    No defense and a GK who is slow as ice. More than half the goals the US is surrendering now Solo would have gobbled up. Ertz needs to be back at center back, anchoring the back line. Marking backs suck. This is the worst defense, back line and center midfield, in the history of USWNT. Shouldn't have an issue advancing into the knockout round, but from game one of it, this USWNT is at great risk of an early exit this summer. UNLESS of course! the US suddenly finds a defense. But...from where? Who?

    Horan is just back off a long layoff due to injury. So, in two more months, and still 4 or 5 friendlies to play, maybe she'll play herself back into shape. But last night...woe! Lavelle is just a liability. Dunn and Sonnet are total jokes as marking backs. Rapinoe, IMO, the best player in USWNT history, and Heath are solid as outside mids. Morgan, Press, Pugh, and the other strikers are all more than adequate. But central midflield, the back line, and Keeper are all major concerns.

    Defense wins championships. No women's side has ever repeated as WC champions. Both of those will be reinforced this summer.

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