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When coaches make decisions that are unorthodox or unpopular, it’s a rare chance to gauge their value.
Fans are used to observing skippers make conventional choices all the time, saying things in media conferences like”Every choice we make on behalf of the Indianapolis Colts is a decision on behalf of the Indianapolis Colts.” Why CEOs and PR machines are expected to give the media nothing to chew on, I know, but it will not help much .
Former USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo harshly criticized USA director Jill Ellis prior to the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, opining that only the exceptional athleticism and veteran buckle on the roster would be able to pull on the squad into some gold-medal triumph.
When the United States started the tournament with a 13-0 farce against overmatched Thailand, I had been inclined to agree with”Han” Solo, whose Jedi Mind Trick against C??lia ??a??i?? in 2015 was largely responsible for the Yanks winning the Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Rarely is a 3-0 victory notable than a double-digit win in FIFA’s comparatively low-scoring game soccer. But I changed my mind when I saw the Stars & Stripes dialed it back on Matchday 2.
Scoring 50 goals on federal teams that are lowly has nothing to do with beating against the best in the world at the bracket and successfully protecting the crown.
But strangely, the USWNT’s romp through the group stage — which seems to be in zero danger of finishing Sweden that this Thursday — could be preparing the team quite well despite the reverse-weighted bat effect of killing underdogs in non-competitive matches.
Perhaps Ellis is a little more intelligent than Hope had allowed herself to hope.