Combined Copa America a great idea, but needs to continue to rotate hosts
As the Copa America Centenario reaches its fifth day of play, a report has come out that this combined Copa America tournament will become the norm, with 16 CONCACAF and CONMEBOL teams facing off every four years. But the one catch is that it will always be played in the United States. In order to keep the authenticity of the competition, that can’t happen.
Same story, different result for USWNT in World Cup Final?
Four years later, Japan and the United States find themselves with a case of deja vu.
After almost a month of battling out other teams in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the same two teams that squared off in the 2011 title match, as well as the 2012 Olympic championship, will face each other for the 2015 title.
But unlike that championship match in 2011, where Japan pulled off the upset of all upsets against the mighty Americans mere months after that devastating earthquake and tsunami, this championship has a completely different feel to it.
USWNT has to change offensive formation, tactics to have a chance
The results have nearly been disastrous. The U.S. was a clearance off the line by Meghan Klingenberg off the line away from losing against Sweden, and they only scored once against Nigeria and struggled at times against a very competitive Colombia side. And realistically, the U.S. is fortunate to be in the position they are in.
But moving forward, this team has to get better on the offensive end and it starts with changing the offensive formation and the tactics that come along with it against China.
After escaping ‘Group of Death’, U.S. has great chance to make a run
The U.S. Women’s National team managed to survive the proverbial “Group of Death” and survive is absolutely the correct for how they performed in those three matches.
The U.S. didn’t exactly look like the dominating team that came so close to taking the World Cup four years ago. Yes, the defense was much improved, allowing just one goal in the group stage, but the offense was stagnant, scoring just four goals, and a couple of them in the Australia game were quite lucky if you ask me.
But that doesn’t matter now. The group stage is behind and the Americans came out onto of the group, and that has given them a massive advantage on the road to Vancouver over the next couple of weeks.
U.S. basketball World Cup win great, but sport still needs to grow internationally
If you missed the 2014 FIBA World Cup over the past month or so, don’t worry–you’re probably not alone.
Buried underneath the mess that is the NFL right now and the baseball pennant races and the start of college football, this World Cup likely went unnoticed by a vast majority of Americans. But it’s a good thing that the results don’t depend on the folks watching since the U.S. took home the title once again by a large margin.
Belgium presents challenge for U.S., but one they can handle
The U.S. has survived. The Americans stood as one of two teams remaining from Group G along with the Germans.
And now they have advanced to play Belgium in the Round of 16 for the right to go on to the quarterfinals. And now the stakes are raised even higher.
U.S. loses battle, wins war in advancing to knockout round
The U.S. need just one point in their match against Germany Thursday to advance to the knockout round.
That point never came.
But thanks to Portugal beating Ghana 2-1 at the same time, the United States are headed to the round of 16 and a date with Belgium to decide who’s advancing to the quarterfinals. And as one ESPN commentator said, “the U.S. lost battle, but won the war.”
One point separates U.S. from knockout round
On Sunday it was three points. Today it’s one point.
That’s all that separates the United States from a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup, an impressive feat considering they were drawn into the proverbial “Group of Death”. But as it was against Portugal, accomplishing this feat will be no small task against a German side that might be the first European country to win the tournament in South America.
U.S. has to survive injuries, heat, Portugal to put themselves in great position to advance
That’s all that separates the U.S. national team and getting to the Round of 16 out of the proverbial “Group of Death”. It’s all that separates them from something no one outside of the country could have ever predicted when the World Cup draw was held in December.