Discussion in 'WNT/MNT/World Cup/Int'l Soccer' started by MakeAPlay, Aug 5, 2018.
Mexico over Brazil 3-2. Brazil misses a PK with a chance to tie it. Games are on FS2
England over North Korea 3-1. The group of death has has the defending champs go down on day 1. Both favorites lose!
great game between Spain and Paraguay. That 16 year old keeper from Paraguay had some amazing saves. It wasn't enough though as final was Spain over Paraguay 4-1
We are going to struggle with the possession and passing of Spain. Our squad wasn’t built on technical players that’s for sure. If we don’t get 3 points today it is going to be unlikely that we advance.
Germany 1-0 of Nigeria. Tough game. 2nd half goal wins it.
Were struggling with Japan's high pressure today. US transition is good but can't connect in the final third.
The loss is what you get when you pick coaches through nepotism and players from a U17 team that didn’t make it out of group play. They won’t beat Spain that is for sure.
If the youth ranks aren’t a sign that the world has caught up to us then I don’t know what is. The good news is we have the players. We just need to clear out US Soccer so that we can bring in the good coaches!
Great game between England and Brazil ends in a 1-1 draw. England scores in the first half on a PK. Brazil equalized in the last minute of stoppage time.
North Korea over Mexico 2-1. Everyone in the group is alive going into the final game in this group.
France is up 3-0 on Netherlands at the half and both teams are fantastic. The world has caught up with us as far more advanced footballing nations now have pro women’s leagues. The one thing that we still have going for us is the NCAA. Even if our YNT selections are questionable the filter of D1 college soccer still feeds world class talent to our full WNT.
If there is a better young forward in the world than Emelyne Laurent I haven’t seen her. Keroline for Brazil is probably second both are better than Castellanos for Venezuela. I think Laurent plays for Lyon...
The US ties Spain 2-2 and doesn’t advance out of the group stage for the first time ever. Spain was up 2-0 in the first half. The US scores 2 goals in the last 10 minutes to make it interesting.
Didn't have chance to watch game yet but interesting stats - about equal in shots on goal, corner kicks etc but big.difference in # of passes and pass accuracy - something that is discussed often here - did the Spain .keeper have some.good saves?
Many of these same incredible players were on the US team that didn't get out of bracket play in the U-17 World Cup two years ago.
Either the world has caught up, or we have a systems issue (coaches/player selection/tactics.)
Looks like there's some college teams that will get their players back sooner than may have been expected.
The replay on Fox Sports is worth the watch. Most of the USA’s shots were in the last 25-30 minutes of the game. The US press was easily broken by Spain in the first half. With some fresh legs in the second half wore Spain down. It was a valiant comeback attempt. Shouldn’t have been necessary. Glad to have our 3 missing players back for the season opener.
System Issues. The selection process for the youth national teams is political, thus, many of the top youth and college players are never invited to camp, let alone seen. But also appreciate that the youth World Cup is just one big all-star tournament. There is no prize-money, its just a drain on US Soccer's finances.
Saw 1st half only and Spain completely dominated the first half. Had a zillion build ups and shots. I was going to post after the previous game that Howell didn’t belong in the midfield with Villacorta and Demelo, not very technical, too many turnovers and bad touches.
Agreed. She was completely overmatched. The powers that be love her though. Pinto came in and was tons better. Pinto doesn’t fit the profile that US Soccer tries to promote though. She comes from a soccer family and has a soccer brain but isn’t tall or blond....
although that profile seem to be changing if you look at the 15's