The Brandi factor

Discussion in 'USA Women: News and Analysis' started by TOTC, Oct 13, 2003.

  1. TOTC

    TOTC Member

    Feb 20, 2001
    Laurel, MD, USA
    I can't help noticing that Sweden, two goals worse than the United States in group play, were just one goal worse than Germany, which was three (OK, maybe 1) better than the Americans in the knockout round.

    What was different, I think, between the knockout and the group phases was the lack of Brandi Chastain.

    Oh, sure. The showy, slow-footed, stripping back. But you have to wonder how Germany would have done with her in there.

    Same with Pearce. But that's another story.

    Discuss.
     
  2. FanOfFutbol

    FanOfFutbol Member+

    May 4, 2002
    I thought the overall level of defensive play went UP after Brandi left.

    However, against Germany it could be VERY different in scoring. Brandi seems to really be able to score in games vs Germany: into ANY available net.
     
  3. Fah Que

    Fah Que Member

    Sep 29, 2000
    LA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Cat is better than Brandi at both defending and score from set pieces. I can't see how it could have helped. Brandi can't prevent Foudy from getting beat in air on the corner.
     
  4. DCUPopeAndLillyFan

    Apr 20, 2000
    Colorado
    Her loss wasn't any greater for the US than Steffi's was for Germany - it's a wash, both are similar type players.
     
  5. sexysadie

    sexysadie Red Card

    Sep 29, 2003
    somewhere on earth


    I'm still looking for answer to why she wasn't playing against Germany....
     
  6. TOTC

    TOTC Member

    Feb 20, 2001
    Laurel, MD, USA
    Me, too.
     
  7. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Member+

    Apr 10, 2002
    California - Bay Area
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Agreed. She didn't have a good season in the WUSA and wasn't playing well leading up to the WC, nor in the first game prior to her injury.

    This was a blessing in disguise...
     
  8. ankhman

    ankhman Member

    May 14, 2003
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Re: The Brandi factor

    Another question, why she wasn't subbed in?

    That's another story.
     
  9. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Exactly how would Brandi's play have helped us?

    We won 5 games. You can't improve on those five games.

    The one game we did lose we held the ball in the attacking third most of the game - which is not where you want your central defenders hanging out.

    I couldn't believe the postgame interview when April made the big revelation that Brandi's injury was a big blow. I'm sorry, last time I checked our defense was not the problem.

    The problem is that we forgot how to finish against Germany.
     
  10. TOTC

    TOTC Member

    Feb 20, 2001
    Laurel, MD, USA
    I disagree. But that's just me.

    Defense, last I heard, wins championships. So do bada$s goalkeepers, sometimes!
     

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