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.