4 Reasons Why The Gap Is Narrowing (Between North America and the Rest of the World) in Women’s Soccer

Some insight from someone who knows because she lives it.

Essays on Life

So it’s been a long time since I’ve written.

It coincided with my foot in a cast, and I’m hoping this blog isn’t going to look like me trying to do my first workout after getting my leg back out of the cast (yes, I had to cut out after 4 air squats).

But just like I threw myself back into physical activity by just starting to move, here I am back on the blog scene just going to ramble some thoughts that have been kicking around tonight.

I just saw that the US tied Brazil in the lead up to the World Cup today. And with the result, my twitter feed blew up lamenting the direction of youth soccer and development in the US and how the immense numbers and resources that the US has in women’s soccer, as compared to the rest of the world, isn’t being utilized.

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We’re Number 2! We’re Number 2!

Back in the day (like 1962 back in the day), before most of you were born, there was a company named Avis, that rented cars. Now in most areas of business there are competitors, meaning there is always a company ranked number one and a company ranked number 2 and Avis was ranked number 2. They were ranked number 2 for so long they adapted this their advertising slogan:

When you’re only No. 2, you try harder, or else.

 

How fitting is that for the current U.S. Women’s National Team? After all, they have the perfect poster child, no one works harder than Carli Lloyd! Her current form certainly bears that out.

As a motivating philosophy, you have to admit it’s got a lot going for it. Who doesn’t want to be seen as the underdog, fighting to gain the top spot? It accomplishes two things; first it motivates the players & coaches to actually, you know, try harder. That could mean train harder, study more, explore new formations/tactics/lineups, take chances. Second it gives a cushion for expectations from fans and pundits should all of this trying harder not produce immediate results.

I won’t say the USWNT is stagnant, but the growth everyone was told to expect has been slow in coming. Maybe this being number 2 thing will speed up the process, both by players and coaches.

Hey, even if it doesn’t I’m sure we’ll get lots of shitty jokes out of it.

 

So Much #WoSo

Yikes, when it rains it pours!

Lots of WoSo thoughts, so I’ll just put them out here randomly, you can decide their importance

  • Lori Chalupny back in the USWNT mix!! Can’t say how overdue or how excited I am to see if she’s still got it at NT level (my opinion is YES she does!)
  • NCAA semi’s!! Good as it get in US soccer this time of year. 4 teams, all worthy. Can’t wait to see who comes out the winner. My choice, UCLA,  has been eliminated, so I’ll just be happy for whoever wins.
  • FIFA’s Vackle is an ass. He is clueless when it comes to talking to/about women and has no understanding of the reason for the turf v grass debate.
  • No matter who makes the USWNT roster there will always be someone who wants to pick at it. Can’t we just take a day to celebrate those players who have made it before the conversation deteriorates into who should have made it and who is unworthy? Please?
  • Brazil is a seeded team for WWC 2015? Seriously? Ease of draw shouldn’t be a consideration.
  • Jill Ellis has far more of a clue than most anyone wants to give her credit for. Just because everyone’s favorite players aren’t in the mix doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a vision for the team. Might not agree with yours, but then whose would?
  • Student-athletes who garner academic honors are rock stars! They must be the masters of time-management.
  • It’s 2014, when are men in power going to understand that it does nothing to serve you to be condescending to women. Nothing. Yes, I’m still talking about Vackle.
  • WoSo gives me life.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to contribute in the comments.