ok, this story become something real.
I have still a lot of work for sure.
and i want to specify again, that’ is only a project for the moment.
If you’re a Sydney FC fan (i.e. the best kind of fan) and you’ve thought about buying yourself a W-League jersey you may have noticed that Sydney FC don’t seem to be selling W-League jerseys this year. As much as I love this club they’re pretty much making it clear that they don’t care too much about their women’s team, support for the W-League isn’t great anywhere in the A-League, but Sydney have definitely shown themselves to be on the lower end of that scale. I think we need to let them know that there are people supporting our women’s team and that we want to be able to show our support, write to them at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them why we can’t buy W-League jerseys and when they’re making them available.
This is not something I saw myself writing after a thrashing 8-0 win over Mexico. This is not something I saw myself writing after Hope Solo gets the record for most clean sheets in US history. Matter of fact, this is not something I saw myself writing ever. I got a confession to make to you all: I do not see this team winning the 2015 World Cup.
The gist is this: in a world of evolve or die, the USWNT just flat out refuses to evolve. Tom Sermanni tried to evolve this team into the new age and was rewarded with getting unceremoniously fired out of the blue, right after a USWNT victory actually. The minute news broke out that he was fired I got a sinking feeling in my gut. I wanted to be wrong. I could just feel it… the veteran players did this. Then without fail it comes out that this was all player motivated, with the USWNT players denying it all, some a bit too much.
Pia’s departure was bitter sweet. Bitter because she put together a squad that everyone fell in love with, who we were gutted for after the 2011 World Cup final & over joyed for after the 2012 Olympics final. Sweet because the team would finally change. It was clear that with Pia the same players always played, the same players always called up. Even when she would employ a new formation & different tactics, she would use the same players & try to hammer squares pegs into circles. In one hand you would get success, like O’Hara being converted into a top left back. That may actually be the sole success. On the other hand you got many failed conversions (A-Rod, the left outside midfielder anyone?) & players like Cheney, a victim of how well she can adapt to new roles in the midfield, voicing her displeasure at never having one constant role in the team & even going as far as saying her love for playing was fading until she got to FCKC.
When Tom Sermanni got hired, it was like the team went from the 1800s to the year 2050. A team used to never even having to worry about not being in the starting 11 suddenly had a coach known for constantly changing the starting team, with many call ups of different players & younger players always being integrated into the starting 11. The team that always played the same 4-4-2 was suddenly playing 4-3-3, 4-4-1-1, even 3-4-3. Going into the World Cup, Pia bought in Ali Krieger & Lauren Cheney into the team with Morgan being the super sub breakout star of the cup. Going into the Olympics, O’Hara had been made a starter & Leroux now on the bench. That’s 5 players in 2 years that I can pinpoint from memory that Pia called up that were different from the usual. (100% sure I’m missing some) Meanwhile Sermanni gave new caps to 4 or more players per game it seemed. I wasn’t loving all of it (Mewis as left back? No.) but it was definitely a step in the right direction. I liked seeing players like Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Erika Tymrak, & Amber Brooks all impress. The vast player pool was actually being used.
Instead of making an attacking midfielder a defensive mid, there was instead a defensive mid! Instead of a central midfielder being made a winger, there was a winger! What a new world. Then when it was just rolling, Tom Sermanni was fired. After a couple weeks, Jill Ellis was named the new head coach. My first thought was that we suddenly would stop seeing the young players, & go back to pretty much the same starting 11 we’ve known for quite a while now. And for the most part, I was right. There’s Lauren Cheney, the genius #10 who can create magic, being the defensiv—er, the deep lying pass distributor... again. There’s Rampone starting more and more over a player like Whitney Engen again. There’s Abby Wambach, 34, starting over a whole pack of young strikers waiting for their chance. A team that wants to stop being compared to the 99ers is repeating the same behind the scenes behavior that at one point even saw Hope Solo lose her place.
Instead of calling up someone like Erika Tymrak, we instead get Allie Long give us unimpressive performances (Seriously, I know it’s like a meme even to hate her, & to be honest I don’t get it. But I do see that she adds nothing to the team.) Every year the competition gets tougher and tougher for the USWNT, & after a little over a year of seeing progress, the team has gone right back to trying to win with something that hasn’t bought USA World Cup glory since 1999. This attitude of “We don’t need to change, this is the way it always has been” is a huge detriment to what is supposed to be the most advanced womens team out there.
I personally don’t see this team winning the World Cup, not with this mentality & refusal to evolve. Would they had won it with Sermanni? I don’t know. But at the very least, you saw progress being made to evolve the team and no longer using a basic A to B to C road map. It’s not easy for me to say any of this. I love players like Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, Ali Krieger & Lauren Cheney, & knowing full well that 2015 is (most likely) their last chance to win a World Cup. I hope I’m very wrong, I hope I have to eat every single word I have typed. I hope something changes from now until the World Cup kicks off, but right now it looks like we’re 100% gonna see more of the same in 2015. In a world where Spain were destroyed in the Mens World Cup playing mostly the same squad from their 2010 winning campaign, the failure to change is clear.
A lot of these players flat out deserve a World Cup, but it doesn’t work like that. Heroes don’t always get a heroes ending. I can’t just award these players I love with a World Cup medal regardless how much I want to, but I also don’t want the under development of so many promising players to continue just to keep giving them more time to get the happy ending. Soccer, just like life, is cruel. It also never stops, so you can’t just stay in one spot; you have to constantly take out the old gears and replace them with new ones to keep moving forward. I hope this team starts moving forward in leaps and bounds.
music-equation said: Hey! Are you gonna stream the w-league games live?
Hi! There will be a live stream, but it won’t be a ‘real-time live’ because I’m not streaming off my TV but off ABC iView, which gets put up the day after the broadcast/match.
I have to work out a time when you guys are awake, but it’ll be on a Tuesday (in Australia).
I said I’d do it so I did it :)
I streamed the Canberra United v Western Sydney Wanderers game, and if you missed it, don’t worry because I sort of just did it out of the blue and also it is archived and you can watch the entire thing (in two halves) on livestream right HERE.
Hit me up with feedback if you watch it
test for the wleague game if you wanna tune in