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    JP and Wagner stunk ... like out literally out loud. They were caught completely off guard by Ellis' tactics in the tournament and you know how TV people are when they don't see exactly what they expect to see, especially in soccer. God help them if any of them have to figure out their precious narrative on the fly or anything.

    On Ertz ... go find some of those possession heat charts the stats nerds love so much. The last three games have looked like doughnuts for the US' opposition because she's been a one woman cold front. You don't notice it much because it's not flashy, but that kind of ground covering allows Mewis and Levelle to play higher and do more damage. And we've seen a lot of Mewis for the Courage so we're not surprised to see her play like that, but for whatever reason the writer types always talked up Horan over her. I think they're so much on the same level that you can just play the one that's sharper on the day. Sammie had a wonderful tournament. Really, shy of Levelle's loose outing against France, they all four were just stupidly good.

    And I still wish they'd have brought Zerboni to France instead of Long. No way Long plays any of those three roles at anything like an acceptable level. On the other hand, with O'Hara going out in the Final, I guess Ellis nailed it by bringing Krieger back out of the cold. She was solid on a BIG stage.
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    Zerboni probably should have been there instead of Mo Brian. But considering how much Brian played, it probably didn’t matter.

    Krieger’s inclusion surprised me, but really they have the same problem the men’s team had for many years; no reliable options at fullback. That Dunn, who is one of the best attacking players in NWSL has to play left back, is a crime. Every other defender that Ellis brought other than O’Hara, Krieger and Dunn is a center back. Sonnett has played some outside but she’s mostly a center back.

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    Biggest problem at fullback for the ladies is that Ellis requires them to get forward and combine in those forward triangles with the winger and midfielder, and most of all ... to make plays. I've watched enough NWSL to know that the domestic league just doesn't really offer many of those options. Most of them are more along the lines of Krieger, who can defend, and run in a straight line, and overlap to cross the ball ... but she's kind of at a loss when you ask her to make combination plays in space. As long as Ellis is in charge I think you're mostly going to see converted wingers in those spots with a sturdy defensive Mid to support the CBs. And that's fine. I'd just like to get to the point where the press and the commentators start appreciating the more unconventional approaches when they actually work instead of criticizing them simply because it's not what they expect to see. The US basically plays wingbacks in a back four. Deal with it.

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    Brandi Chastain was a converted forward and Tobin Heath has taken her turn at left back too. Itís just a depth concern going forward, OíHara and Krieger are on the wrong side of 30. It will be interesting to see what Ellis does for the Olympics (or how many want to stick around), they have an 18 woman roster limit, unlike the 23 woman World Cup roster


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    Being that there's only one year to the Olympics, I'd guess that a lot of the 30-somethings will still want to play. All of their contracts are up after their contractural victory tour that nobody wants to do, so we'll see how that goes. There's an incentive to stick around as long as possible to maintain that national team stipend. Otherwise you're on a NWSL standard contract getting paid in tape and free gear. Ellis isn't under contract past the end of the month either, not that the vets would be too sad to see her go seeing as how they've tried to get fired twice. Plus, there's the new player contract and the lawsuit. There could be a LOT of changes ... more than just the roster.

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    I read something over lunch about the USMNT's labor situation and I wouldn't waste a single minute thinking about the Olympics until this mediation session sets a tone on the labor lawsuit. There's every chance that the women use the leverage they've gained from back to back World Cups by walking out ahead of the Olympics if they is no progress towards substantive change.

    BTW ... that much ballyhooed deal with Budweiser? The USWNT negotiated that deal themselves. Whatever anyone thinks is happening, Carlos Cordero has NOT changed anything at US Soccer when it comes to giving more of a crap about the women's game or those players as human beings.
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