Defenders rarely attract much attention, except when they make mistakes:
Becky Sauerbrunn doesn’t make many mistakes.
Sauerbrunn, one of the best players in the world, has spent most of her eight-year career flying well below the radar.
A quiet sort by nature, she’s been fine with that.
But as Goal.com points out in this profile, the quiet center back is emerging as one of the U.S. team’s leaders, on and off the pitch.
In games, she’s the one (along with Hope Solo) charged by coach Jill Ellis with keeping the backline organized. Since last summer’s World Cup, that line has been a model of precision, reliability, and efficiency.
In 11 games this year, the United States is 11-0-0. The Americans have given up just one goal.
“I don’t know if the players are listening to me more,” Sauerbrunn says, “or if it’s just I’ve never really talked as much.”
Sauerbrunn earned her 100th cap in February, and she’s always near the top in minutes played.
But she’s never scored a goal.
What do you see in the highlight videos?
Sauerbrunn says she’s happy with her place outside the spotlight.
“At the end of the day, what really matters is what my team thinks of me, what my coaches think of me,” she says.
Here’s what they think of her: She’s nicknamed “the Silent Assassin.”
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