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Trish18 Active.com Staff 457 posts since
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Sep 11, 2007 3:08 PM

Team USA's goalkeeping

In the highlights I saw from the United States vs. North Korea match early this morning, there seemed to be some dicey goalkeeping going on, especially from Hope Solo.

 

Solo has a combination of size and agility that allows her to make more reaction saves and challenge in the air with greater success than most keepers in the women's game. According to ESPN's special section on the Women's World Cup, her biggest weaknesses in the past have been lapses in concentration or miscommunication with her back line.

 

I'm curious what the soccer community thinks -- do you like Solo in the net or the longtime national team keeper, Briana Scurry?






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  • jspitzberg Active.com Staff 37 posts since
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    1. Sep 26, 2007 9:23 AM (in response to Trish18)
    Re: Team USA's goalkeeping

    I like having Hope Solo in net.  However, that's not a commentary on her skill as a keeper.

     

     

    I would hope that a clean sheet against a very dangerous England squad would put the doubts on hold.  Good defense starts much further up the field and as the USA's midfielders have exerted more control over the matches, the defending will benefit.

     

    Oops!! 

     

    No sooner did I write this post do I read on Soccernet that they've benched Solo for the semi-final against Brazil.  Oh dear.

  • Michael_Taylor Community Moderator 318 posts since
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    3. Sep 28, 2007 5:40 AM (in response to Trish18)
    Re: Team USA's goalkeeping

    I didn't see the game but evidently putting Scurry in didn't do the trick. Was it problems with her or was there communication problems with her defense. Above that was the knock on Solo. Maybe it's the back line with the problem, not either goalie. I relly don't know and am only asking for information and discussion purposes.





    Michael S. Taylor

  • jspitzberg Active.com Staff 37 posts since
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    4. Sep 28, 2007 8:52 AM (in response to Michael_Taylor)
    Re: Team USA's goalkeeping

    There were problems all over the pitch.  But certainly there was a lack of communication on the OG.  There were no yellow jerseys around and the defender still tried to head it out.  Unfortunately she put it into the net, but that should have been the keeper's ball.

  • Michael_Taylor Community Moderator 318 posts since
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    6. Sep 28, 2007 9:30 PM (in response to Trish18)
    Re: Team USA's goalkeeping

    I watched the clip of the yellow card and it looked like the other player thought she was getting the card. It looked like she tripped herself on the back of the US player. I don't know if the official didn't get a good look and just saw the player go down but it was a suspect yellow.





    Michael S. Taylor

  • oec2 Rookie 1 posts since
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    8. Oct 1, 2007 1:29 PM (in response to Trish18)
    Re: Team USA's goalkeeping

     

    First, I think that Ryan's decision to sit Solo was WAY wrong. However, he is the coach and has a lot more information that I do. Once a coach makes a decision, if you don't agree, take it behind close doors. Going public with comments like Solo's shows a lack of support for the team. I've seen this kind of thing take a team apart real fast. Short answer: Ryan's decision to sit Solo for the Brazil match: WRONG. Ryan's decision to exclude Solo from the Norway match: RIGHT.

     

     

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