WWC 2015 Group stage: US vs Sweden pre/pbp/post, June 12

Discussion in 'USA Women: News and Analysis' started by lil_one, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. BrooklynSoccer

    BrooklynSoccer Member+

    Jan 22, 2008
    True! - 2013 for club and nat team - was her best year and most consistent.
    WPS, she was very average to bad.
  2. Semblance17

    Semblance17 Member+

    United States
    Apr 27, 2013
    Lighthouse Point, FL
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  3. sprout

    sprout Member

    Jun 2, 2015
    New York Red Bulls
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  4. Jersey1

    Jersey1 Member

    Oct 8, 2012
    New Jersey
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    How dare Pia tell the truth about players she coached for years! The nerve of that woman!

    Strange, I thought Carli was "off the grid" for this World Cup.

    What's funny is Abby might actually have been a sub for this game but now she'll insist on starting just to prove Pia wrong. And since Ellis is a doormat who owes Abby her job....
  5. sprout

    sprout Member

    Jun 2, 2015
    New York Red Bulls
    Take from this what you will...

    I don't think we'll see many changes to up front from the first game.
  6. Dundalk24

    Dundalk24 Member

    Jul 20, 2007
    I don't have any problems with Pia's comments.

    I also don't have a problem if they help motivate those players (they really shouldn't need motivation, but anyway...)
  7. BrooklynSoccer

    BrooklynSoccer Member+

    Jan 22, 2008
    I don't see the actual NYT article posted. Interesting read, take a look:


    “Carli Lloyd was a challenge to coach, by the way,” Sundhage said offhandedly at one point, her fork dangling as she considered Lloyd, who is a top midfielder for the United States. “When she felt that we had faith in her, she could be one of the best players. But if she began to question that faith, she could be one of the worst.”

    She took a bite of salad. “It was so delicate, so, so delicate,” she said.


    While many coaches want to develop close relationships with their players, Sundhage said bluntly that she had found little upside in doing so.

    “You know, I talk to them about their mom, their dad, their boyfriend, their girlfriend or whatever, and you know what? It goes in one ear and out the other,” she said. “I try. I really try. I remember I sat with Amy Rodriguez for a long time once, talking and talking, and still I don’t know her family.”

    Sundhage wrinkled her forehead as she thought for a moment about Rodriguez, the American forward. “She’s married. ... I think?” she said. “I read about it maybe.
  8. hotjam2

    hotjam2 BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Nov 23, 2012
    Real Madrid
    Sweden plays a high line defense. Wouldn't it be cool for us to switch to the 4-3-3? Lloyd Holiday & Pinoe can handle Sweden's aging mids, and with a well placed pass; Morgan, Leroux & Press could use their speed to get behind the Swedes back line
  9. BrooklynSoccer

    BrooklynSoccer Member+

    Jan 22, 2008
    why not! i'd rather have Brian in the midfield, to help connect some passes.
  10. Calci0

    Calci0 Member

    Jun 22, 2013
    Juventus FC
    Who said she read it. Wahl covers the WWC and has access to the players. He may have shared the comment with her, and she gave a simple reply........
  11. sprout

    sprout Member

    Jun 2, 2015
    New York Red Bulls
    That sounds like a good game plan. I doubt we'll see it implemented.

    re: Morgan playing...
    "Asked how Morgan’s increasing availability changes her options, Ellis said coyly: 'It’s another option.'"
  12. Smallchief

    Smallchief Member+

    Oct 27, 2012
    It doesn't seem very wise of Pia to criticize U.S. players -- but could it be that she's engaging in psychological warfare?

    Get Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo riled up -- because she thinks they don't play well when they're mad.
    Stimulate Wambach to insist that she should start the game with Sweden to prove Pia wrong.

    I realize that sounds too Machiavellian for plain-speaking Swedes -- who gave their name to a large, sturdy, root vegetable.
  13. Glove Stinks

    Glove Stinks Member+

    Jan 20, 2014
    Chelsea FC
    Finger touching nose!!!
  14. lil_one

    lil_one Member+

    Nov 26, 2013
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    No problem. Regular posters here are happy to catch you up, and I personally love seeing more US WNT support at the WC and many more posters in here right now, even if the increase in posters is only for the WWC. I hope you stick around after the tournament this time; we could always use more fans!
  15. lil_one

    lil_one Member+

    Nov 26, 2013
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Referees assigned for the match:

    USA – Sweden
    Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN)
    Assistant Referee 1: Naomi Teshirogi (JPN)
    Assistant Referee 2: Sarah Walker (NZL)
    Fourth Official: Ledya Tafesse (ETH)
  16. McSkillz

    McSkillz Member+

    United States
    Nov 22, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    Pia must be desperate if she's going for the douchey John Herdman route. I never thought she would stoop so low as to say these things about her former team. I'm not sure if this approach will help much if she wants to take the trash talk route. I don't think the USWNT gets affected by what others say about them.
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  17. kolabear

    kolabear Member+

    Nov 10, 2006
    los angeles
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #67 kolabear, Jun 11, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2015
    I think Yamagishi is an excellent referee. This is going to be a high-pressure, difficult match to referee, though, so let's hope she has a good game.

    add- at the 2012 Olympics, she was the referee for the group stage match between the USA and France as well as the quarterfinal match between Canada and Great Britain.
  18. jackdoggy

    jackdoggy Member+

    May 16, 2014
    Big D
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hey fellas, a couple of snippets from the local Winnipeg paper since Monday...
    one dude called Winnipeg the 51st state.....OK, pretty cool
    another guy called the Outlaws...the American "Mothers-in" Law........rut roh
    Off days at the WC suuu stink.
    From what I hear Pia sure is making things interesting, as if #2 vs. #5 needed anymore hype.
  19. BrooklynSoccer

    BrooklynSoccer Member+

    Jan 22, 2008

    True, but she was interviewed months ago. Maybe under the stipulation it would be released during the WC or...maybe not?
  20. Lockjaw

    Lockjaw BigSoccer Supporter

    Sep 8, 2004
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Funny, Pia's comments don't look like "ripping" to me. That is mild criticism at most. If she wanted to rip, she could talk about players choking in the shoot-out against Japan.
  21. South American

    Aug 3, 2008
    Not only were Pia's statements mild criticism at best, the reporter put his own spin on it to embellish a 3 month old article.
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  22. Plxix

    Plxix BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Mar 13, 2006
    It's the american media screwing with stupid people once more. She didn't criticize anyone on any scale. She was simply answering questions and remembering how things were with the girls. Nothing more.

    And this interview was friggin months ago for ******** sake.
  23. Pcp Yoko

    Pcp Yoko Member+

    Jun 2, 2002
    Mid Peninsula
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I would put in the speedy types against Sweden and rest Wambach for the Nigeria game as she will have a lot of chances against their defense.
  24. ForeverLOST108

    ForeverLOST108 Member+

    Jan 23, 2010
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This game screams Wambach as a sub. Wear out the slow Swedish defense with a combination of Leroux/Press/Rodriguez and then have Wambach and Morgan available as subs.
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  25. steelers07

    steelers07 Member

    Apr 8, 2014
    Real Madrid
    Over the last year or so, when has Jill Ellis made the logical choice? :thumbsdown:

    I'm hoping Friday will be the first time.

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