OK, the Germany vs US thread was getting to long. How does the US get back to #1? I will start with two, I think need to be addressed 1) Player Identification - We need to get the top performing players from whatever replaces the WUSA, or women playing in professional leagues. These players need to play in friendlies, and other competitions. Keep calling back the ones that do well, and show promise. This will include the veteran players, but there is certainly no need to callin a Mia Hamm, or Brianna scurry for every match. Model this on the mens programs around the world...see Bruce Arena's example here in the US. Additionally, we need to stop slanting our identification of players to the fast and tall players. You need that as a base, but we need more soccer savy players. We need players that can create goals, or chances. More tactically aware players! 2) Coaching - we need to demand that we have top coaches in the program. I know a coach does not develop players on the professioanl level, as much as manage them. Maybe April will have learned some lessons from this WWC. Maybe, as some have said, her hands were essentially tied, by veterans of the psat WWC team. I am not sure of the inner workings of this team, and if she felt she could cut anyone she needed to, or if only certain fringe players could be cut. The US looked tactically naive, and the 2 goals from the run-of -play was a huge red flag. We have beat this one over the head, but a change in tactics was in order, rater than ball after ball flighted into the box.