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Congratulations to the USWNT for making it to the finals against Japan!

Congratulations to the USWNT for making it to the finals against Japan!

Just some quick thoughts …

Abby did a great job setting up the goal that Lloyd fed into O’Hara for the goal. Abby may not be the fastest on the team anymore, but she does still have expert ball control and field awareness.

I’m glad they finally decided not to assign Lloyd anywhere. Not so she can “make things happen” as they say, but more so because she can’t be trusted to be where she is supposed to be. However, I will give her credit for having the unselfish moment of feeding that ball to O’Hara. Brilliant.

We won’t even speak about the poor England girl. She will be the one who will not be named. The one of which we do not speak. She doesn’t deserve to be named in every single article out there. It was horrifying. The world collectively got gut punched for her. I’m happy no one is blaming her or that she is getting hate texts/mail/tweets or anything.

Japan! I’m super excited we are playing them in the final. My favorite team USA against my second favorite team Japan.

I can’t wait!

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My thoughts on the USWNT against Nigeria

Our favorite duo started the game! Wambach and Morgan!

The first few minutes of the game was super exciting. A set piece with a cross in by Carli Lloyd was almost a goal on the first possession. Nigeria did a good job of keeping their defensive line up, creating 2 off-sides situations.

That was the last time Carli Lloyd did anything of merit. Even the announcers were stating that she gave the ball away too much and her shots were poorly timed. She doesn’t play a full game, meaning she plays when she wants to play. She is a mid-fielder, and she either has to be a defensive midfielder, or someone who runs the full pitch. She does neither. She doesn’t run hard up and down the pitch, nor does she maintain a defensive position in the back. She had this same problem before, in the Olympics and previous World Cup. Why play a person in a position that requires motivation, the ability to run, and get back and forth who absolutely does not want that?

I’m not so super impressed with Holiday either. She equally does not seem to be in any type of mid-fielder position. Where is she half the time?

When does our mid-field even mark their player? It’s ridiculous.

Our mid-fielders also never seem to be forward when they need to be either. It’s like they don’t understand basic soccer. When you pass the ball, you are not done playing. I watched a few passes that should have been a great give-and-go that turned into nothing because there wasn’t anyone forward to pass the ball to.

Megan Rapinoe did a good job again. I have been noticing that she holds the ball too long. I’m not sure if she just doesn’t trust the people around her to pass to or what? I would love someone to answer that for me.

Julie Johnston played a great game. I was impressed by the beating she took by Nigeria. There were a couple of times that they just barreled right into her. That’s one tough girl. She plays hard. Lloyd and Holiday could learn a thing or two from her.

I have a crush on the defender Meghan Klingenberg. She plays so tough as well. I always look forward to watching how she defends.

Alex Morgan did fairly well with her first start. I think she will improve as she plays more games.

Sydney Leroux played terrible, again. She lost the ball, couldn’t keep possession, and just overall made bad passes. I find her incredibly beautiful and I love looking at her, but her game is crap.

As for Abby! Her scoring the goal could not have happened to a nicer person. All the haters out there saying she is washed up. Everyone complaining about her missed headers. Well, screw you. She made an amazing goal. Also, her passes were usually on target, unlike the rest of the team. Yes, she looks slow as shit out there, but, hey. She’s not done yet.

I feel like there is no respect shown to Abby. How quick everyone is to write her off.

Today’s matches will tell us who the USWNT plays going forward. I’m excited for the games to come.

Good luck USWNT!

 

 

Congrats to the USA Women’s Team!

A huge congratulations goes out to the USA women’s soccer team. They won gold yesterday against an amazing Japanese team.

I would have posted yesterday, but I was too busy enjoying the game and trying not to jump out of my seat because it wouldn’t be good for my injured back.

I love women’s soccer. I love the heart of the players on the team, each having their own unique identities. Hope Solo. I love those eyes, the way she moves when she launches her body in front of a ball, her little wink to Christie Rampone when she saved a threat on goal from a defensive mistake by Rampone. I love Alex Morgan, who goes for every ball, every single time. Wambach and her thumbs up encouragement.

And my all time favorite, Megan Rapinoe. She has such spunk, such drive and such an amazing on-field presence. I could watch her play all day and all night.

But let’s not forget Japan. They are my second favorite team. I love their goalie. Fukumoto is a gifted, gifted player. The constant driving to the goal by Ohno — what a delight to watch! And Sawa — a named synonymous with Japanese soccer.

So there it is. Olympic soccer at its best. I don’t want to hear about how it’s almost as good as men’s soccer. It’s not comparable. I like women’s soccer. I don’t like men’s soccer. I don’t need people to constantly compare the two. People, I get it. Everyone wants to compare men versus women, but why? Why can’t women’s soccer just be about watching masters play the sport?

And if you have any further questions, just look up our records. All of our gold. What men’s team can say the same?

USA Women’s Soccer

I am loving the women’s Olympic soccer. It’s like seeing old friends again. Megan Rapinoe was my favorite from World Cup and is now delightful to watch in the Olympics. She’s so spunky and she plays hard the entire game. What an athlete!!

Can’t wait to see the girls play against North Korea.

Good luck ladies!!!!