After spending weeks building up "l'ogre américain," the French press took the USA down a notch or two -- of course -- after its 2-1 victory over Spain. It was the first time the USA has been
tested at the Women's World Cup, and Le Parisien, the Paris tabloid, found plenty of holes in the U.S. team to give hope to Les Bleues that Friday's match might not be the hopeless matchup it was
portrayed after their labored win over Brazil on Sunday night. The USA's ugly face, its reporter noted
, is its backline with
holes in the form of a pair of outside backs made of gruyere that the French wingers should be able to wade through. Continuing the cheese analogy, the U.S. center backs were described as equally
moldy, "the two worst players on the team, technically speaking," when their positioning wasn't questioned.