2024 CONCACAF W Gold Cup

Discussion in 'USA Women: News and Analysis' started by lil_one, Dec 12, 2023.

  1. Ethan Frank

    Ethan Frank Member+

    United States
    Jun 11, 2019
    Cat Macario scored again right after coming on for Chelsea. She scored for Arsenal, but that kind of makes it more remarkable.
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  2. jackdoggy

    jackdoggy Member+

    May 16, 2014
    Big D
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Greetings and salutations my little soccer buddies!!!

    I know I’ve been away for a while, but in the grand scheme of things, you all deserved and needed a break from me.


    Shall we review the last two weeks:
    • Witness the Greatest Team in the Universe compete - - ✔
    • In SoCal - - ✔
    • Exchange pleasantries with Cindy Cone - - ✔
    • Enjoy post-match libations with the Lavelle and Coffey Families - - ✔
    • Observe the USWNT bring home the hardware - - ✔
    • Stay at the Team Hotel in San Diego - - ✔
    • Do shots with Trinity’s Mom post championship Match - - ✔
    After that San Diego swing……the Lord can take me.

    Onward to Atlanta/Columbus/Denver/St. Paul.


    Mystique Schemystique. With all due respect to her immense literary talents, Meg wouldn’t know Complete and Total Awesomeness if it bit her on the ass.

    And to the USWNT’s detractors, naysayers, critics, haters, cynics, disparagers, belittlers - - -




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  3. taosjohn

    taosjohn Member+

    Dec 23, 2004
    Thanks, I needed that.:thumbsup:
  4. cpthomas

    cpthomas BigSoccer Supporter

    Portland Thorns
    United States
    Jan 10, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You go way back with "Bite me." I haven't heard that one for many decades.:thumbsup:
  5. hotjam2

    hotjam2 Member+

    Nov 23, 2012
    Real Madrid
    It barely touched her & didn’t change the ball’s projectile movement much(unless maybe the GK already committed), Kim Little should of been credit for the goal instead

    large sell out crowd that would make the Premier League envious, was this an derby? Seemed like it was played at Emirates stadium, but then the crowd was more pro Chelsea

    amazingly accurate ‘rainbow’ shot by Lauren James, could of taken sn deflection too, but then she keeps scoring consistently those type of goals. I can see her up for Ballon D’Or, but knowing FIFA, they’ll probably give it to Caro Hansen instead(even if Barca don’t win the Champion’s League!)
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  6. Crawleybus

    Crawleybus Member+

    Oct 18, 2013
    Chelsea FC
    It wasn't 'sold out' but it was a very good crowd for women's football, the stadium was Stamford Bridge. All men's Premier League games do 'sell out' however women's football has only recently been a 'thing' in this country, this season for the first time ever even I have watched some womens games (including this one), the attendance was about 32'000 (best ever for the Chelsea ladies league games), the stadium holds about 40'000.
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  7. fire123

    fire123 Member+

    Jul 31, 2009
    When did she score the 2nd goal?
  8. WoSoFan

    WoSoFan Member

    Dec 23, 2017
    Three minutes after she subbed in she scored the only goal of the game against Everton. The 1-0 victory qualified them for the FA Cup quarter finals against Manchester United.
  9. fire123

    fire123 Member+

    Jul 31, 2009
    Ah! FA Cup. They have so many competitions over there , hard to keep track if you dont follow closely.
  10. WoSoFan

    WoSoFan Member

    Dec 23, 2017
    This year they actually have 4 compititions: The WSL title, Champions League title, Conti Cup, and FA Cup. It’s called the Quadruple. Right now they lead the League, are in the quarters of the Champions League, in the final of the Conti Cup, and Semi’s of the FA cup. The Last and only team to win all four was Arsenal. I believe Hayes was an assistant for Arsenal at that time.
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  11. dams

    dams Member+

    United States
    Dec 22, 2018
    Swanson started and went something like 70 minutes in Chicago's NWSL opener last night. Red Stars beat Utah 2-0.

    I thought Mal pretty much looked like her old self. Maybe a bit more timid in challenges, which is understandable. No goals or assists but I'd say she looked like the best player on the field and was very dangerous all night. More importantly, it does not seem like her speed has been affected at all by the injury.

    On a side note, Naeher played out of her mind. She has been on quite a roll lately.
  12. hotjam2

    hotjam2 Member+

    Nov 23, 2012
    Real Madrid
    so to home loss to Mexico, US falls two slots in newest FIFA rankings, but still will make em odds on favorite for Olympic Bronze(since England falied to qualify)
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  13. meyers

    meyers Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    W. Mass
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    London Derby
  14. hotjam2

    hotjam2 Member+

    Nov 23, 2012
    Real Madrid
    It’s now official;
    winner of the Zambia/Morocco

    So maybe dodged a bullet with missing the rough/hooligans, Colombia, but instead got an higher ranked Australia. The Matildas had to reactivate the formerly retired 35 year old Michelle Heymann due to Kerr’s recent ACL. That kinda of shows that they’re nowhere near depth, since as well as carrying a lot of other 30+ year old players. I did read a few years back an article that the Aussies were in ‘emergency crisis’ in finding new, upcoming prospects

    idk on why they don’t want to wait till the Zambia/Morocco match before making it official. Those are two vastly different playing styles; Morocco’s coached by WC champ, Vilda. So I guess expect a lot of tiki tacca out of them, but still missing big name types, meantime Zambia completely different, relying on their play direct, speed burners Banda & Kundananji, might not be household names, but recently both broke the record as the highest transfer fees in woso h
    and then kinda of the ‘irony’ of it all is we were hoping that Emma Hayes could either turn Fishel into an viable striker or Macario back into her former glorious self, but instead made an German fringe player named Nusken into an superstar—so now she’ll has to face the monster she created, lol

    btw…..new American prospect in PSG’s Gaetino?(scored yesterday while playing good defense in an CB, 3-back formation).
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  15. tiaotnszn

    tiaotnszn Member

    Chicago Red Stars
    United States
    Nov 13, 2019
    Not new. She was back to back ACC Defender of the Year with Notre Dame.
  16. hotjam2

    hotjam2 Member+

    Nov 23, 2012
    Real Madrid
    Moultrie only played 83 mins/2 games in the Concacaf
    66 mins vs DOM Rep as starter
    17 mins vs Colombia as sub

    Except for the amateur Dominicans, coach didn’t seem to think she was ready for prime time yet

    it be better for her play in this year’s u20 WC. There’s no dishonor in it; last tourney’s(2022) mvp, Selma Paralleulo, became arguably the world’s most dangerous striker within an year
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  17. PortiereNuovo

    PortiereNuovo Member

    Jun 20, 2019
    I think Brazil, not just in ranking terms, but also on the field, are the most dangerous, especially since Australia are without Sam Kerr. But Germany are certainly a challenging draw from pot 2. Given that Germany have also had some indifferent form, I think the US should be expected to win the group. (Also, frankly, Zambia could hurt anyone on their day, though I wouldn't say its likely, I could see our backline struggling a big).

    Group A is clearly the easiest on paper, Group C may be the hardest.

    Group B winner probably has the hardest QF--the Group C runner up, probably Japan or Brazil. In fact, the runner up has an easier game, likely Canada or Colombia, setting up a probably rematch in the semis.

    So likely path is Japan/Brazil > Germany > Spain/France Or Canada/Colombia > Germany/Japan/Brazil > Spain/France
  18. hotjam2

    hotjam2 Member+

    Nov 23, 2012
    Real Madrid
    the Olympics can be uniquely different than the WC in that your reduced to just an 18 player roster than 23 & games are played every 3 days instead of 4, and do to only 12 teams, an particular group will look a lot tougher than at the WC—I mean every match going to rough/no taking it easy filler NT’s here like Vietnam or Costa Rica.

    keeping this in mind, you would want an roster of 100% fit players that can last 90-120 minutes if need. It’s probably why Canada with some of its ‘Ironman’ type players(instead of overall quality) is so consistent in winning medals in the Olympics but keeps flopping at the WC.
    Likewise Jill Ellis was able to navigate successfully two WC titles, but couldn’t find the right formula for here one try at the Olympics—where she only got to the quarter finals because she brought on some players on an already trimmed squad but were still recovering from injuries, so weren’t fit to play entire games.

    so look for the Olympic tourney to be very unpredictable, often group play looking confusing because coaches will slow down the pace to conserve the energy of his/her players for later rounds, yet allowing as many as 3 teams to qualify for the playoff round
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