I somehow missed this terrific video in the avalanche of coverage that the U.S. women got during the World Cup. I’m glad I stumbled across it a couple of days ago.
It’s a short feature from Fox on the starting U.S. defensive line: Ali Krieger, Meghan Klingenberg, Julie Johnston and Becky Sauerbrunn (with props to Hope Solo, whose contributions are discussed, even though she’s not in studio,)
While Carli Lloyd clearly, absolutely deserved the Golden Ball Award as the most valuable player in the World Cup, no one was more integral to Team USA’s success in Canada than this back line.
It’s never easy to win a World Cup. The best national teams on the planet are competing for the same prize, and 23 out of 24 of them will come up short. The travel is difficult, the global media attention is unlike anything that most players have experienced, and the pressure on the top teams is simply enormous: If you fail, you have four long years to think about it.
And “failing” often comes down to one momentary lapse, one irretrievable mistake.
Ask Celia Sasic about that.
Or Laura Bassett.
There’s a reason for the 16-year gap between the Americans’ last two World Cup titles. There’s a reason only two nations, the United States and Germany, have won the tournament more than once.
No, it’s never easy
But it gets a little easier when your defense, in seven games, holds the opposition to 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 2.