What They're Saying: Michelle Akers

"If she [Jill Ellis] is pleased with the way we played tonight then, what the hell is she doing coaching our U.S. team?"

-- Michelle Akers, who won two world championships with the USA, after the  USA's 2-0 over Colombia moved it into the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup. (SiriusXM FC)
58 comments about "What They're Saying: Michelle Akers".
  1. Santiago 1314, June 22, 2015 at 11:30 p.m.

    Awesome, Wonderful, Way to Play, Que Toque, Que Classe!!! What a Display of Skill and Technique!!.. Oops, I'm Talking about Colombia... USA???..How Embarrasing, Terrible, Disgusting, Disjointed Ridiculus High School Soccer...Actually, I've seen better High School Teams, Even On TURF...We Suck,!!! BUT; JUST WIN BABY, WIN...I Told you all...We can't play...But, We are THE USA!!! The Greatest Country the World has ever seen, The Greatest Women's Soccer Teams EVER...And this "American Exceptionalism" "Never say Die" attitude is worth ONE Goal a game...And if the Defense will hold up, We will WIN this Ugliest of Women's World Cups EVER...We are the U.S. of "F"ing America and WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN WIN!!!!!

  2. Santiago 1314, June 22, 2015 at 11:32 p.m.

    Did I notice a British Accent in Coach Jill's after game Press talk???

  3. Santiago 1314, June 22, 2015 at 11:34 p.m.

    Sure would Explain why we Play like Shiitake Mushrooms..!!!

  4. Santiago 1314, June 22, 2015 at 11:48 p.m.

    Right On Michelle,!!!

  5. Aaron McDonald, June 23, 2015 at 8:14 a.m.

    @Santiago: Yes, Jill was born in the UK. I would hope you have seen better high school teams. I know my high school girls would never rush and panic like that. Columbia had us confused with speed and touch. We never settled and simply possessed. We worked far too hard to score early instead of allowing the opportunities to present themselves through a good system of positive control. I have to place a lot of the blame on the midfield (basically all of the blame). Alex Morgan shouldn't have to be preoccupied with doing Lloyd's job in the attacking 3rd. The defensive line still impresses and holds strong. Prompting my confusion over the back line substitution. That was just uneducated all the way around. Absolutely no benefit to that. O'Rielly should have came in for Lloyd to add speed and create depth. I was angry. I agree, Michelle. What is she doing as our Skipper?

  6. Chris Johnson, June 23, 2015 at 8:47 a.m.

    We have more than enough extremely talented girls playing soccer to produce more technical skill than what we are seeing here. That was a disgusting display last night. The formation, lineup and tactics were horrible. There were so many missed passes, it was shocking. No work linking lines. Just hoof the ball up to Wambach. I don't want to hear anyone say we can't play possession soccer, or we don't have technically gifted players. There are now tons in this Country. Let us not forget that Jill Johnston ONLY made it on the roster because of two injuries to other players. How fitting that she is the star woman of the team (along with Rapinoe). Johnston can play central mid and striker too. Jill Ellis will be sacked after the tournament. She needs to make major changes to save her job.

  7. Chris Johnson, June 23, 2015 at 8:49 a.m.

    *Julie* Johnston. :)

  8. Daniel Clifton, June 23, 2015 at 9:44 a.m.

    I agree that American Exceptionalism has no place on the political landscape, but somehow applying that principle to the USWNT's play doesn't make sense to me. I agree with the last two commenters. I have wondered why there are so many older players on this team. Johnston is a great example. She has been the best player on the field. The passing from the midfielders has been difficult to watch at times and frustrating. How can players at this level have such difficulty stringing together what appear to be fairly straight forward passes. I see say too many long balls.

  9. Florencio Amaya, June 23, 2015 at 10:12 a.m.

    Colombia, Brasil, Japan, France..... are playing better soccer then us now, we need leadership, make Bruce Arena an offer that he can not refuse.

  10. William Anderson, June 23, 2015 at 10:16 a.m.

    These girls are just not very good, and that is a very sad comment knowing that our nation is filled with women who can play soccer. This can't be fixed by anyone in the current setup. The Coach and Roster have to be turned over. This is all on the backs of the US Soccer higher ups who sacked the last coach who tried to introduce new players. Jill Ellis was appointed to follow the instructions of US Soccer, the perfect "yes man" for the job.

  11. Santiago 1314, June 23, 2015 at 10:48 a.m.

    @Aaron,...Si, Si Señor... You are Right On all points... I think the Chalupny Sub, was so she could say she played everyone... I'm still trying to figure out why Coach Ellis RESTED(Subbed) Rapinoe and Holiday are already going to be OUT the next game... Would have been better to rest Lloyd and Heath...POOR Coaching. .

  12. James e Chandler, June 23, 2015 at 10:52 a.m.

    It seems the older players are running the team more than Ellis. Wambach wouldn't be in my first 5 for a shoot-out.
    US Soccer wants the game to be marketable. That's why we were seeing all the promotional advertisements incessantly talking about Wambach, and Morgan. names they felt had some recognition when they weren't even starting the first game, yet no mention of Rapinoe until after her performance in the first game where it became evident that she's really the best player on the field. No wonder he's frustrated, and exhausted when she knows there are players waiting as substitutes, and even others sitting at home that compliment her play better than some of the veterans.
    I'd like to see Leroux, Press, Morgan, Rapinoe, and O'Reilly on the field together. Who's going to have to sit for that to happen?
    I've been disappointed most perhaps that Tobin Heath has performed below her capabilities. Perhaps with the combination of the five players above her play would be more effective.
    Ellis needs to have the courage to appeal to the team spirit of the veteran players instead of trying to set up ABBY to tie, or surpass Marta who they all seem to despise because she's been a better soccer player than them.
    Women's soccer, it's great fun, isn't it?

  13. Santiago 1314, June 23, 2015 at 11:09 a.m.

    @ Daniel...Johnston has Definetly been our best player... I would love to see her at Center Mid... Only Question is... Can Rampone hang With German Forwards for 120 minutes???

  14. Santiago 1314, June 23, 2015 at 11:19 a.m.

    @Daniel,…In my context, American Exceptionalism is not so much a Political statement, as a Way of Life…As the Greatest Country the Planet has ever known, We get to Brag and Pump our Chests…Sure other Countries Hate us for it…But it Intimidates the Hell out of them, and gets into their Psyche…With the TURF Situation and a Squad of Players that Lack the TWITCHability  to overcome the Speeded Up Bounces, It will be IMPOSSIBLE for this Current Team to get by Germany or France, Without an “ACE UP THE SLEEVE”… That Ace is…WE ARE THE U.S.A. !!! and WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN WIN…!!! AND More Importantly…the other Teams BELIEVE THAT WE CAN BEAT THEM.!!!... It’s Worth ONE Goal a game…Especially when you Talk about the US Women’s Soccer Program…USE IT  OR  LOSE IT… If our Excellent Defense can Hold Out, We can Win this World Cup…(ahhh,..If only our Men’s team could play so Ugly and make it to the Semi’s…We would all be Ecstatic.!!!) Just Win Baby WIN !!!

  15. Santiago 1314, June 23, 2015 at 11:22 a.m.

    p.s. Daniel,…I think that the Older Players were Selected because the Current Crop coming up is ABYSMALL… The Only team we have below this is the u20…They were Atrocious at the Last Event… (I will have to find that Post)...At least we have a known Quantity in these older players, and they throw Fear into the Opponent

  16. Santiago 1314, June 23, 2015 at 11:34 a.m.

    @James e, ... Can't Disagree with your Player Changes, Because it can't be any Worse than what we are Displaying currently...

  17. Paul Cuadros, June 23, 2015 at 11:38 a.m.

    Ellis is not in charge of this team. The veterans control it and that's the way it is. It happens with a lot of programs where the stars hang on and have too much influence. Change will come. USA goes down to Germany though. Can't see them prevailing without 0-0 tie in regulation and Pks.

  18. Will G, June 23, 2015 at 12:04 p.m.

    Some of these comments are laughable. This isn't U10 soccer, it's the World Cup and these players have one obligation and one obligation only...to win the world cup.

    Was the style pretty, absolutely not, but in the end they did what they were supposed to do. At this level that is all that matters.

    I actually thought the tactics displayed by the Columbians were outright disgusting. The diving, staying on the ground hurt, it was despicable. I laugh when I see those talk about "technique" and "skill" and point to someone like Lady Andrade as the example. Wow, she can dance on the ball really well...too bad she was dispossessed every time she tried it. Is that what impresses some of you?

    Jill Ellis has to get it sorted out because its just not good enough at the moment. This team just won a knock out game 2-0 and were never in danger of losing...what else do you want?

  19. Raymond Weigand, June 23, 2015 at 12:26 p.m.

    It would be nice if we were playing like we were not the underdog / that we were up a player / that we have the best defense / that we were already up two goals / that we are the best possible line up and that soccer players / fans / parents of all ages are watching and are expecting to be edu-tained.

  20. Santiago 1314, June 23, 2015 at 12:53 p.m.

    @ Will,... You are Right on about JUST WIN BABY WIN...So don't be Inconsistent and Bad Mouth Colombia for doing what they Needed to do to win... Its Not u10, like you said. ..

  21. R2 Dad, June 23, 2015 at 12:56 p.m.

    Will G, your comments seem to echo those of Brazil's Vadao and Dunga who managed their Women's and Men's teams. Brazil's women's team just went out before the quarters and Dunga's 2010 men's team went out at the quarters. Until then both of those teams won and were favorites. But the Brazilian media and most supporters complained Brazil's teams were not playing attractive football. Many posters here are also not satisfied with just winning, and this is a huge improvement over your attitudes which seem based in the previous century of women's soccer. Winning ugly isn't enough anymore. This isn't the NFL and we don't want Al Davis running US Soccer. In fact, I would love for Klinsmann to roll into managing the USWNT and lay waste to all the princesses that seem to be in control on the women's side.

  22. Burtie Bederie, June 23, 2015 at 1:01 p.m.

    Let's not forget that we had a coach that was willing to test new lineups, infuse younger plaers, and build better play. What happened? he was fired. Why? Because the big stars whined and complained and the stars won out. US Soccer is out to market its stars for profit, no name talented players do not help that goal.

  23. Will G, June 23, 2015 at 1:21 p.m.

    So what style are you advocating? I think the whole possession thing is overrated and stats are there to back that statement up. It is approximately 50% of the time that the team with the most possession wins - you have to do something with possession. You have to go forward and you have to create chances. Give me 15 chances created any day of the week vs 80% of possession and 5 chances created.

    Do you want a team that is going to arbitrarily play a style that doesn't suit them and get knocked out in the round of 16 or do you want a team that wins Olympic Gold Medals and the World Cup. The tow aren't mutually exclusive.

    I don't like our style, but I don't know if we have the players to play the style some of you prefer. I do know that if the players are holding the cup at the end of the tournament, not one will be upset about how they won it.

  24. David Mont, June 23, 2015 at 1:44 p.m.

    @Santiago... you're missing one important distinction... doing what you need to win WITHIN THE RULES OF THE GAME. Diving and faking injuries is clearly outside the rules and should be punished by any competent referees. Just like tripping or holding are.

  25. Aaron McDonald, June 23, 2015 at 1:46 p.m.

    @R2 Dad: You're awesome! Exactly!
    For me, it's not so much about beauty as it is ability (though adding a little sexy into the foot skills never hurts). Yes, we won. No, I wasn't satisfied. If anyone cared to notice, neither were the players. It was a down right glum atmosphere and rightfully so. From my coaching perspective, I look at all possible scenarios. If Columbia hadn't lost a player and hadn't been required to use their back up to the back up keeper, would the result have been different and to what extreme? As far as technique and skill on the side of Columbia, Andrade did little to impress me. It all came from the central mid where we were unable to keep a ball at our feet for more than mere seconds of possession. Of course I dig the win, but it simply wasn't and will not be enough.

  26. Dan Murphy, June 23, 2015 at 1:49 p.m.

    Great comment Michelle! If US soccer values it's older players so much, then why not listen to them? This certainly cannot be they way they want to play either. We have seen better from this core group of players. They are skilled enough, and athletic enough, and tactical enough. So let's see them turn it up! It's too late to make any major changes, other than maybe a 4-3-3. We have all that speed that US soccer values so much. Let's put it out there at the same time and blitz the China backline straight to the airport. The knock on Pia was the defense and she is already back home playing the same long-ball style. Ellis has fixed the D and our 4th win in a row was a very British-like effort. But we have yet to play our best game. Now let's add the US mentality and unleash the speed and we'll be alright. That should be good enough to bring home the 3rd star! Then we can send Abby off as a Champ and retool the roster in the next 2 years. These players have it in them... let them shine Jill, take off the reins!

  27. Aaron McDonald, June 23, 2015 at 1:53 p.m.

    Possession alone will not win a match. I agree with that. However, good possession early on will frustrate and tire a quick footed team thereby creating the chances. Simply lobbing the ball forward like artillery and hoping for a positive impact is not creating an opportunity. Different strategies have to be incorporated for each different opponent. Right now, we're running a 2D playbook with little depth.

  28. Will G, June 23, 2015 at 2:39 p.m.

    Aaron - I agree with your premise but at this level possession early on without creating chances does nothing but let the opposition sit back and defend while conserving their energy to break out at you and counter.

    I don't advocate every ball going to Wambachs head while others run off of her...but I think there is a happy medium to be had.

  29. Bud Freeman, June 23, 2015 at 2:45 p.m.

    Right on, Michelle!
    Coach is living in la la land...

  30. Bud Freeman, June 23, 2015 at 2:53 p.m.

    Wambach should be benched... Thank heavens for Alex Morgan! And Ali Kreiger.
    And we definitely don't need any more Ellis or Wambach interviews for awhile...

  31. Will G, June 23, 2015 at 3:38 p.m.

    True story...my 6 year olds comments after watching Wambach take the penalty. "Daddy, she should have just headed it, she probably would have scored."

  32. Kily Gonzalez, June 23, 2015 at 4:04 p.m.

    Someone above stated it correctly: These tournaments are always hampered by what the promo marketers think. The promoters already tell us in advance who will be the "stars" of the tournament, and, no matter what, those stars have to be fielded. This is the problem with so much money at stake for hosts, for cities that host, for the stadiums, for the TV, and even to afford inviting 24 different federations to participate. So the adverts and hype feature the already anointed "stars." Thus the Solos, Wambachs, and Morgans have to be on the field to satiate those who have already crowned them the tournament "starlets." The problem is that: The run of play/the game itself makes the stars and creates the attraction - in real sport from game to game. The so-called "stars" often flop, underperform, seem distracted. I'd rather just see far less hype and just pure joy expressed that in a world of turmoil and troubles, well, we do get to pause and enjoy sport, skill, camaraderie, and athleticism as a respite from all the ugliness of so much the norm on all five continents.

  33. Santiago 1314, June 23, 2015 at 4:51 p.m.

    Excellent @Will... I was gonna post that... Damn, Beaten by a 6 year old !!! I must be Slippin...LOL

  34. R2 Dad, June 23, 2015 at 4:57 p.m.

    Will G, despite the networks best efforts, soccer still does not lend itself to statistics the way baseball/basketball/football do. Thus, not all chances are created equally, and finishing becomes critical. If the team creates 5 chances with 4 shots on frame and scores 2 goals, is that better or worse than creating 20 chances with 19 shots on goal and 2 goals? It depends. If you're Jose M and can build Chelsea with the worlds best players so that he can bunker and counter, is it enough to win the EPL often but never the CL? National teams never have the best players at most positions like a club team can manage. Does that mean teams should try to play that way? Possession is important because it's the most skillful way to play--anyone can play kick and run but without the best players you'll come up short in a tournament. Therefore, possession players can always choose to play directly, but 99% of direct players cannot play possession. About your comment, not thinking we have the players to play possession. The US is a country of 300 million people with 20 million soccer-playing females out there--of course we have the players. The question is, why can't we find them? Can we find them, but then the coaches don't choose them? Everything I see tells me our national teams/coaches/US Soccer does not value those skills and are still using outdated metrics to screen the player pool. They can't quantify magic, vision, intelligence. You don't find what you can't measure.

  35. Kily Gonzalez, June 23, 2015 at 4:58 p.m.

    I would prefer that Ms. Akers not use the word "hell." Why have we allowed that word, a word with eternal consequences of damnation, why have we allowed that word to become mainstream discourse parlance? Not good. Do ladies now routinely use that word "hell?" Do true gentlemen? But let's be a bit honest here. Perhaps, though there are things to examine and rightfully critique in the USA team's so-far in tournament underperforming, well, the real question might be: Is Ms. Akers lining herself up for a job offer as the soon-to-be follow-on national team coach?

  36. Santiago 1314, June 23, 2015 at 5:51 p.m.

    @ Kily,... Pastor Santiago says; GOD I Hope So !!!..

  37. Raymond Weigand, June 23, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

    Santiago: hahaha

  38. Will G, June 23, 2015 at 7 p.m.

    @R2Dad - fair play to your comments above about creating chances. However "if's" only are valid after football matches, not during. It is definitely better to create 20 chances than 5. The odds are that you will score more goals the more chances you have. I realize that weird things happen and it's about capitalizing on those chances - but the more the merrier.

  39. Santiago 1314, June 23, 2015 at 10:07 p.m.

    I found the Post from last years u20 team...There is Basically NOTHING better under this group of players...**RE-POST from Karl Schreiber commented on: August 6, 2014 at 10:24 a.m.**.There’s a lot of room for improvement on the part of this U20 USWNT! After the strangest kick-off at a World Championship for players who are approaching the age of twenty years, one had to expect more weird stuff. Indeed, the team displayed a bizarre version of kick-and-rush soccer, almost completely void of smart midfield play with tempo changes etc, the basics. Rowland in goal and her left defender did pretty well. Almost all of the attacks in front of the German goal exhibited naïve soccer with no flashes of brilliance, not even from the player with a pro contract from PSG and often highlighted by the TV announcer, Horan. I never thought I would be compelled to be this critical of a US Women’s National Team. Is US college soccer that much out of sync with the international game? Have we become too complacent at the US national level? I sincerely hope our coaching staff can quickly mold this group into a team that can rise to the level of performance we expect from a United States Women’s National Team.***Santiago 1314 commented on: August 6, 2014 at 12:04 p.m.***@Karl, Unfortunately, Our once Dominating, Dynamic Women's Program is a Shadow of itself... Granted that other Countries have improved, BUT, Instead of Developing more Attacking minded players, Over Coaching has Breed Out these players... No more Turning with the Ball("PLAY THE WAY YOU ARE FACING"!!!)..No more Taking On 1v1("PASS THE BALL").. You Watch ... In a few years we will be talking about US Women's team, Like Brazil is talking about there Men's team.. SAD!!!*** Looks Like a few Years has already Arrived... I Repeat Today...SAD !!!

  40. Allan Lindh, June 23, 2015 at 10:35 p.m.

    Start Leroux and Morgan up front
    Press, Brian, Lloyd and Heath in the mid
    Based on performance, Wambach only comes in late now if needed, and Lloyd is the Captain. O'Reily late if we need another burner on the wing.
    Things will be alright, and if they are, Holliday stays on the bench. She just doesn't see the game well, her passes aren't bad, they're just devoid of any vision of where people are around her. If we had another Center Back, Julie Johnston should be Holding Mid, where she can participate in the offense more. She is smart, and sees the field very well.

  41. stewart hayes, June 24, 2015 at 9 a.m.

    I would expect the coach to put a positive spin when discussing a win to the press at a world cup. Behind closed doors is different. But, sadly, you do get the feeling there is not much of that.

  42. Kent James, June 24, 2015 at 10:01 a.m.

    If you could combine the ball skills and short passing ability of the Colombians with the defense and willingness and ability to go to goal of the Americans eat have quite a team. Yes, the Americans have been too one-dimensional. But so far we've gotten results we needed, and there's a lot to be said for that. Since Ellis does not seem to bew yes, the Americans have been too one-dimensional. But so far we've gotten results we needed, and there's a lot to be said for that. Since Ellis does not seem too perked about style, she will be judged by results.

  43. Kent James, June 24, 2015 at 10:02 a.m.

    If you could combine the ball skills and short passing ability of the Colombians with the defense and willingness and ability to go to goal of the Americans eat have quite a team. Yes, the Americans have been too one-dimensional. But so far we've gotten results we needed, and there's a lot to be said for that. Since Ellis does not seem to bew yes, the Americans have been too one-dimensional. But so far we've gotten results we needed, and there's a lot to be said for that. Since Ellis does not seem to be worried about style, she will be judged by results.

  44. Kent James, June 24, 2015 at 10:03 a.m.

    Apologies for the double post, I thought I was able to edit the first one.

  45. Sara P, June 24, 2015 at 12:43 p.m.

    @Santiago 1314 - thanks for the historical posts, but I disagree with @Karl on one point - Horan - I might have even posted about it back then. She is a special talent, best feet, creativity, and 1v1 ability of that age group. She too often falls off the radar screen as Ellis and crew don't appear to see playing in Europe as part of their player development.

  46. Santiago 1314, June 24, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

    @Scott,...Horan should definitely be here, instead of the Redundant Players Chalupny/Rampone or Rodriguez/O'Reilly (considering that O'Reilly hasn't Seen the field yet)

  47. Santiago 1314, June 24, 2015 at 2:35 p.m.

    p.s. @Scott,... Probably her 1v1 ability is why Horan is Excluded... Doesn't Mesh with this Coaches Philosophy. .. Look how much heat she is taking for sitting O'Reilly...Imagine if she had Horan, and had her Riding the Pine also...

  48. Santiago 1314, June 24, 2015 at 2:52 p.m.

    @David,... Sorry, I missed your Post about "WITHIN THE RULES OF THE GAME"... I can't take you Seriously, if you want to live in LaLa DREAMLAND... Every Sport and Every Coach/Athlete is Trying to Either Bend or Break the "LAWS" Of their game... That's why we have Refs and Discipline Committee's...To Catch the Transgresors, but to tie your "Hands" behind your back and "PLAY NICE" is UnRealistic...I'd be in favor of a TV Super Slow Mo Committee, That during the Game, Could Call down to the Ref, and Put Transgressors in the "Penalty Box" for 2 Minutes

  49. Santiago 1314, June 24, 2015 at 2:55 p.m.

    @Kent,...Double agree with You..

  50. Daniel Clifton, June 24, 2015 at 11:05 p.m.

    Results are important and this was a good result from the score line. I just don't understand all the older players. Don't we have two 35 year olds and a 39 year old. Are the younger players really that weak. I agree with Santiago's suggestion to start Johnston at Holding Mid if there is someone who can replace her at Center Back. I am not so much looking for pretty soccer as effective soccer such as passes in the final third that get your forwards into good spots to score or set someone else up to score. I am not seeing much of that. This isn't much of an improvement if any from four years ago, when I thought the women's team would develop a more skillful approach for this world cup. If the older players are really running the team then there is no wonder the team looks pretty much the same. Who is running the show. If they fired the last coach because he was trying to develop a more skillful and keeping the ball on the ground approach, then I think they have made a big mistake. As for the exceptionalism Santiago has talked about with tongue in cheek, it won't win this team a world cup.

  51. Santiago 1314, June 25, 2015 at 9:48 a.m.

    @Daniel,... See my post from 10:07pm on the 23rd, Where Karl & I discuss the Weakness of our Younger Players in the u20 Team... THERE IS NO ONE !!! And the Women don't have a u23 Team...We are DOOMED to this Crappy Style from our Women's Program for the NEXT 10 Years... And people wonder why I'm ANGRY !!!

  52. Santiago 1314, June 25, 2015 at 10:02 a.m.

    p.s. @ Daniel,...I am NOT being Sarcastic about "AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM"...When you have Traveled the World Representing this Country and this Federation, You Realize HOW BAD EVERYONE WANTS TO BEAT US...It's NOT just about the Soccer...Example; In the 80's I took a Team of u14 club players to play in a Small town in Holland...Opposing fans showed up with the SOVIET Red HAMMER & SICKLE Flag...IN HOLLAND !!!... We ARE THE GREATEST COUNTRY THIS WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN...(Especially in Women's Soccer)...And it Wears on a Opponents Mentality...We do not look like we can beat Germany, France or Japan via Skill, maybe even Athleticism... BUT, WE OWN THEM MENTALLY !!!....The Gals will just have to stay after it...Battle, Hustle, Scrap Tooth and Nail...Cause that's ALL we have... So SAD, isn't It. ..

  53. William Anderson, June 25, 2015 at 10:05 a.m.

    Mikaela Harvey is on the u20 team. This player is exactly the type of possession oriented midfielder this team is crying out for.

  54. Santiago 1314, June 25, 2015 at 10:47 a.m.

    @William,... Could be, but neither her or Horan did anything exceptional last summer with u20...So, as a Coach, are you going to Base your World Cup team around UN-Proven Youngsters, or Current Experienced Olympic Champions...I think we could have left off Chalupny and Rodriguez... But, they went with Team Chemistry..."Dance with the one who brung you"...and "Don't Fix What Ain't Broke"

  55. William Anderson, June 25, 2015 at 12:49 p.m.

    Lose in the quarterfinals with the old and worn out ideas and players or gamble on young players with something to prove? This is the same team we put on the field in the last world cup that lost after playing poorly all tournament long. Only difference is they are older, and slower of body and mind. The only new player contributing is J. Johnston, and the only reason she is there is because of injury.

  56. Santiago 1314, June 25, 2015 at 2:29 p.m.

    @William,...Hey, We haven't lost YET !!!... I'm still Praying for a "MIRACLE ON TURF"... But, in Defense of this Group of Players... They did win the Olympic Gold Medal, the year after that lost in the WC Final to Japan...And the Women can use the Same Players for both. .. I guess that is improvement...But I agree, they play Poorly,

  57. Michael Brown, June 25, 2015 at 8:33 p.m.

    Get Akers and others from the teams of th 90's on the U.S. coaching staff. It's a systematic failure these winners aren't called on to help the next generation!!

  58. Santiago 1314, June 25, 2015 at 9:16 p.m.

    @ Michael....AGREED !!!

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