Team USA wins its World Cup opener, much to the frustration of one Australian federation analyst.
If you can’t beat them, trash them.
For some reason Australia’s national soccer federation did just that after Monday’s 3-1 loss to the United States in the Women’s World Cup, posting a fiery post-game analysis on its official website that made it appear as if Team USA had no business being on the same field – let alone beating – the Matildas.
In an article titled “Australia v USA: 4 things we learnt,” the unnamed author ripped into the Americans, specifically the fact that they “like to talk a good game” but “just aren’t that good.”
“The reality is they play a fairly rudimentary, bog-standard 4-4-2, were short of ideas going forward and outmanoeuvred tactically,” the analyst wrote, saving the harshest criticism for U.S. coach Jill Ellis.
“World football has moved, in case Jill Ellis hasn’t noticed. US were outplayed by a better, smarter footballing side.”
Hope Solo makes critical saves in goal to help the U.S. beat Australia, 3-1, Monday night.
“‘Play it long and look for the head of [Abby] Wambach’ seems the default game-plan for a team stuck in the past.”
Only the “brilliance” of Megan Rapinoe, who scored twice, and “world-class keeper” Hope Solo enabled Team USA to pull off the undeserved win, according to the analyst, who would also have readers believe that the losing side did everything right.
“Technically gifted, tactically aware, good pressers, attacking intent, young, fearless – this team is fabulous to watch and has developed to a point where they are clearly a better footballing nation than the US.”
“Better” except for where it counts the most – the final score.
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