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#1 Oriole85

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 10:03 PM

@NBCSports BREAKING: @ussoccer fires #USWNT head coach Tom Sermanni mere hours after a win over China http://tw.nbcsports.com/GBw

 

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 03:23 PM

The greatest international goal-scorer in mens' or womens' history is officially retiring as of December 16.

 

US Soccer legend Abby Wambach announces retirement


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Posted 05 December 2015 - 01:56 PM

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Tough news out of #USWNT camp in Hawaii. Megan Rapinoe tore her ACL in training. More info: ussoc.cr/1PJciJ7 #GetWellPinoe



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Posted 30 August 2016 - 02:08 PM

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 10:49 AM

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 03:14 PM

CBS Sports: 2019 Women's World Cup Draw: USWNT schedule, dates, opponents and more
https://www.cbssport...nents-and-more/



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Posted 22 January 2019 - 06:20 PM

SI: USWNT Leaves Europe With a Loss, a Win and Some Lessons for the World Cup



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Posted 06 March 2019 - 12:34 PM

Long ways until the WC in June but they did not look very strong in the She Believes Cup. Some of that was trying to integrate new players into the mix and the attack seemed a bit out of step in the final third.

 

But I think the biggest issue is that they just can't go out and win all the time just based on pure talent. The rest of the world, at least the other big teams, are catching up to our talent level. We actually have to go out and play a cohesive match with some good tactics. Not sure we have the best coach. We'll see. 



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Posted 06 September 2019 - 10:49 AM

So a friend of ours who is and has been really into Women's soccer for years got into a debate on vacation this year. We were watching the first friendly in August and debating the makeup of the Olympic team. Talking about the speed, and the substitutions they were making that worked, and the concern we had that some of the older players are at that point, do they have one more WC run in them or is this it? And who was knocking on the door to replace them?

 

I had mentioned that Lloyd was one of those players at the end of her run, and it was going to come down to choices like to keep her, or to play say Pugh, and bring in someone like Hamilton from NC to take her roster spot. That and seeing how weak sauce our D was, who else we had in the pipeline that could step up there so we could put Dunn back on offense like she belongs.

 

Hamilton already got her call up and a taste, but they kept talking about it during the game the other night, do some of the older girls have another year in them or with a new coach should they just think about shifting to a younger lineup now to get them more experience for the future?


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Posted 06 September 2019 - 11:44 AM

A couple of things from the victory tour.  Its as much a WC victory tour as a farewell tour for a number of players and Coach Jill.  I suspect there will be significant time getting other players more time on the field once the new coach is picked and he starts to look at the players and how he wants them to play.

 

As of right now the US still has the best core moving forward of any team in the world even with players like Lloyd, Rapinoe, etc on the way out.

 

1. There are a ton of young players in NWSL that we haven't even see much of yet due to just how good the current squad has been. But we'll start seeing more and more of them over the next year.

2. Morgan and Press will be well into their 30s next WC but I expect them to at least be major role players.

3. All three keepers are going to be well in their 30s next WC. Anymore thats not old for that position but they do need to start bringing in more youth there.

4. Backline - They are all getting up there and at best I see them as role players next WC. This is a weakness looming.

5. Midfield - Mewis, Horan, and LaVelle should still be mainstay players then. Not every single game but starter level for sure.

6. Forwards - with Morgan and Press we have solid experience. Then we have Pugh who will still be very young.

 

Now to directly answer your question my opinion is that the next coach should immediately start to bring in lots of new players. There are probably 7 or 8 that I wouldn't call in again to play more than a support role. More to just have their leadership in training.. Rapinoe, Lloyd, Harris, Krieger, O'hara, Sauerbrunn, Heath. They all can still contribute but when it comes to minutes on the field its time to move on.



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Posted 06 September 2019 - 01:48 PM

A couple of things from the victory tour.  Its as much a WC victory tour as a farewell tour for a number of players and Coach Jill.  I suspect there will be significant time getting other players more time on the field once the new coach is picked and he starts to look at the players and how he wants them to play.

 

As of right now the US still has the best core moving forward of any team in the world even with players like Lloyd, Rapinoe, etc on the way out.

 

1. There are a ton of young players in NWSL that we haven't even see much of yet due to just how good the current squad has been. But we'll start seeing more and more of them over the next year.

2. Morgan and Press will be well into their 30s next WC but I expect them to at least be major role players.

3. All three keepers are going to be well in their 30s next WC. Anymore thats not old for that position but they do need to start bringing in more youth there.

4. Backline - They are all getting up there and at best I see them as role players next WC. This is a weakness looming.

5. Midfield - Mewis, Horan, and LaVelle should still be mainstay players then. Not every single game but starter level for sure.

6. Forwards - with Morgan and Press we have solid experience. Then we have Pugh who will still be very young.

 

Now to directly answer your question my opinion is that the next coach should immediately start to bring in lots of new players. There are probably 7 or 8 that I wouldn't call in again to play more than a support role. More to just have their leadership in training.. Rapinoe, Lloyd, Harris, Krieger, O'hara, Sauerbrunn, Heath. They all can still contribute but when it comes to minutes on the field its time to move on.

 

Yeah that's where the battle came in, she wanted to leave the roster in tact, but my argument was if you leave the roster too old and run into a really young team that's a bit faster, you're going to be in trouble. I think splitting the difference might be the way to go for next year, and then you've got time to turn over the other half. Krieger, Lloyd and Harris would probably be the first ones I'd look to swap, mostly because D is so weak we need Sauerbrunn and O'Hara for another year. Rapinoe probably has another year at a high level in her after this year's world cup. Heath I'm on the fence about, could go either way.

 

Davidson needs a bigger role and some reps back there, really she should have been playing back there instead of Dunn. Why do you take such a gifted offensive player and put them at LB? I know she's decent defensively, but she's not a defender. Play her at mid if you want to hedge your bets, but you gotta develop some defense. Sonnett got some time the other night, and she and Dahlkemper are around the same age, so they are good for the next world cup if not the one after.

 

I can't wait for the Hocking sisters (Yes, Denny Hocking, former Twin, and Baysox batting coach) to hit the pros. They've both got National Team potential in a big way.


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Posted 13 March 2020 - 10:58 AM

It's getting a bit lost in the news cycle, but US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro resigned yesterday after a legal filing disparaging the USWNT in their lawsuit against US Soccer was made public.

 

The resignation: https://soccer.nbcsp...rdeiro-resigns/

 

The lawsuit: https://soccer.nbcsp...logy-equal-pay/


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Posted 13 March 2020 - 11:24 AM

Let's start with the obvious...  women should be treated as equals. 

Give them same base $ for being on the National teams. Give them the same training, tools, etc. 

Give them extra $ for being the best in the World against their competition, and being some of the lead examples Nationally to women athletes (and reminders to men of what women can achieve). 

Then get down to the variables, such as: 

 

Men's teams are participating in more revenue generating events
Men's tv ratings (and thus sponsorship levels) are higher. 
 

 

Ultimately find a deal that doesn't require you going to court, and filing legal briefs which makes your players and 50% of the population feel disparaged and unequals. 



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Posted 13 March 2020 - 11:36 AM

Let's start with the obvious... women should be treated as equals.

Give them same base $ for being on the National teams. Give them the same training, tools, etc.

Give them extra $ for being the best in the World against their competition, and being some of the lead examples Nationally to women athletes (and reminders to men of what women can achieve).

Then get down to the variables, such as:

Men's teams are participating in more revenue generating events
Men's tv ratings (and thus sponsorship levels) are higher.


Ultimately find a deal that doesn't require you going to court, and filing legal briefs which makes your players and 50% of the population feel disparaged and unequals.


I think they've kinda found middle ground on a lot of that stuff, the real sticking points remaining are money from FIFA events which is where the real money is. It's something like a $66m difference between what the men and women got, and the women are the only ones even half way competitive.

I know they've been understanding about the league income differentials, and as long as the % portions were similar they were happy, but the real big issue was over that international money.

I mean yeah it'd be nice to say MLS guys get this much, NWSL ladies should too, but if MLS is bringing in $50m in revenue and the NWSL is bringing in $10m that's gotta be proportionate. But at the international level, you are talking prize money, and if I recall, the ratings were more skewed towards the USWNT.

But aside from the money issue now, the fact that US Soccer is going on legal record as saying that women are inferior, THAT is a major problem. Even former men's stars like Taylor Twellman (go Terps) have been on record as saying US Soccer is corrupt and needs to be gutted. I think this lawsuit shows all we need to see to believe that is true.
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Posted 13 March 2020 - 05:23 PM

This is a complex issue and the stark reality is that it is extremely difficult to compare the women's game and the men's game. I could write pages about this subject but I'd probably just put my foot in my mouth so I will leave it with this. Just go back and ponder the first sentence.



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Posted 02 May 2020 - 09:03 AM

SI: Analyzing Why U.S. Soccer Won In Court Against The USWNT



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Posted 04 May 2020 - 04:46 PM

Glad to see a judge still has some common sense. If the USWNT didn't like the CBA then they shouldn't have agreed to it and insisted on the same CBA as the men had. When the CBA is up then negotiate the same deal if that's what they want.



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Posted 21 February 2022 - 09:30 AM

No matter what your worst day in sports was, that's nothing compared to poor Meikayla Moore of New Zealand.

 

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Posted 21 February 2022 - 10:44 AM

I watched that match and OMG I wasn't sure if I should laugh or cry for that poor girl. Just when you figure that you have seen everything that can happen in soccer up pops a new one.



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Posted 21 February 2022 - 11:13 AM

I watched that match and OMG I wasn't sure if I should laugh or cry for that poor girl. Just when you figure that you have seen everything that can happen in soccer up pops a new one.

 

Yeah, and at least 2 of them weren't what I would call unlucky deflections.  Those happen sometimes at all levels.  These were just straight poor touches right into the net.


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