Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Sundhage predicts U.S. victory against Italy
by Paul Kennedy, November 18th, 2010 11:43PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  italy, women's national team, women's world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[WOMEN'S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING] U.S. women's national team captain Christie Rampone admits it's "a pretty weird feeling" for the USA to be thrown into a playoff series to qualify for the Women's World Cup, but her coach, Pia Sundhage, isn't worried. She's predicting victory when Italy hosts the USA on Saturday in the first leg of their playoff series (ESPN3.com, 10:30 a.m. ET).

The playoff series became necessary when the USA lost to host Mexico, 2-1, in the semifinals of the Concacaf Women's World Cup qualifying playoffs.

“It was one game, and we lost,” Sundhage said Thursday. “That will be good for us because we will win the next game.”

The Americans, who have only lost twice in three years under Sundhage, will be favored against Italy, which qualified after finishing as the No. 5 team in Europe.

“It is a pretty weird feeling for us,” Rampone said. “We won everything for a long time, we hadn’t lost since the opening game of the 2008 Olympics. For all that time, especially after the Olympics, no one was paying much attention. Then we lose one game and suddenly everyone is talking about us, there is a lot more media and a lot more focus. It is a shame that it had to happen that way but I guess that is the nature of it. If you are a successful team then people are going to talk about it when you lose. Whatever it takes, I guess.”

Italy Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Chiara Marchitelli (Graphistudio Tavagnacco), Anna Picarelli (Ajax America), Sara Penzo (Venezia).
DEFENDERS (8): Roberta D’Adda (Brescia), Sara Gama (Chiasellis),  Raffaella Manieri (Torres), Maria Sorvillo (Graphistudio Tavagnacco), Elisa Bartoli (Roma), Laura Neboli (Reggiana), Viviana Schiavi (Brescia), Elisabetta Tona (Torres).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Pamela Conti (Levante, Spain), Giulia Domenichetti (Torres), Maria Carissimi (Torino), Carolina Pini (Bayern Munich, Germany), Alessia Tuttino (Roma), Tatiana Zorri (Lazio).
FORWARDS (5):  Elisa Camporese (Torres), Silvia Fuselli (Torres), Melania Gabbiadini (Bardolino), Patrizia Panico (Torres), Evelyn Vicchiarello (Chiasellis)



0 comments
  1. Lloyd Elling
    commented on: November 19, 2010 at 8:29 a.m.
    “It was one game, and we lost,” Sundhage said Thursday. “That will be good for us because we will win the next game.” Were these the words that have echoed through the U-17 & U-20 failures to qualify for their respective World Cup competitions? Our national women's teams girls/women are dominated by players whose families had the money to pay the financial cost through the US Soccer selection process. Yes, some outstanding players were found. Yes, there are hundreds other players that never were seen. Money mows the grass in US Soccer and it has to change if we are going to continue to be the world's best. I want the US Women's National team to qualify for the 2011 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Coach Sundhage, win against Italy and start searching for replacement of our aging, non-creative, slow and full stomach players. We must have creative, fast, intelligent and hungry players on our team in 2011. I want to see you and your coaches searching the backyards, rural streets, fenced city courts and the poorest of neighborhoods for those players who will keep us the best in the world.

  1. John Munnell
    commented on: November 19, 2010 at 8:35 a.m.
    Agreed with Lloyd. Wherever we find them, they must have technical speed. We have relied too long on physical superiority. We must raise the level of individual and team skill --- of course, this is the problem with the men's team, too. But the success of the women has masked the performance plateau we've been on for a long time.

  1. Heather Scott-molleda
    commented on: November 19, 2010 at 8:55 a.m.
    Ditto - well said Lloyd! The US selection process is broken! They need to scout for athletes with potential and players with intelligence and vision and get them into the system, and stop relying on suburban families who can pay ODP fees to drive the process. Many quality players like Andy Najar don't even play for travel teams! US soccer, especially colleges, rely entirely too much on size and strength. Take a lesson from Spain: we need quality players, NOT big players. It is telling that a player like Kristine Lilly is still one of the best we have. If the processed worked she would long ago have been replaced by younger, faster, better players.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Woodwork can't hold down USA     
[CONCACAF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP] About the only thing that stood in the way of the U.S. women's ...
Fire goes out with late win over Houston    
[MLS: Friday] Frenchman Florent Sinama-Pongolle made sure Chicago did not finish the MLS season with another ...
James' skills highlight Real Madrid pre-clasico practice    
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] The Real Madrid-Barcelona clasico delivers entertainment even before kickoff. Here's a 40-second peek ...
What They're Saying: Luis Suarez    
"Everyone has different ways of defending themselves. In my case, the pressure and tension came out ...
Ft. Lauderdale is ready for challenge against red-hot Eddies    
[NASL: Week 16] Minnesota United FC and the 2013 champion New York Cosmos played to a ...
Finlay signs new deal with Columbus    
[MLS TRANSACTIONS] For helping drive Columbus into the playoffs after a two-year absence, midfielder Ethan Finlay ...
Referee suspended after felony arrest on fraud charges    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Referee Jose Carlos Rivero, who has worked 17 MLS matches in 2014, has been ...
Wambach nominated for Women's Player of the Year    
[AWARDS] Abby Wambach, who leads the U.S. women with 10 goals but is no longer a ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Thursday] Seyi Adekoya teamed up with fellow freshman Chase Gasper to break a 1-1 tie ...
What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati    
"None of this is personal. Some things could have been phrased differently because the actual opinions ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives