I understand that as fans of the USWNT we aren’t used to them losing, let alone losing twice in a row. And I think what people need to realize is that Tom is using the Algarve Cup as an experiment to see what starting lineups will work best in a tournament setting. There aren’t going to the many environments that the team will be playing in between qualifying and now that will have a competitive atmosphere like the Algarve Cup. I’d rather they learn from this experience and work on improving than sit around and feel sad because they lost twice in a row. To ask any team to never lose is an unreasonable expectation, and while I know that the team would never want to lose, I also know that they’ll take this in stride and keep pushing.
This team is the team that defined what the American fighting spirit is and they will sure as hell do it again.
Anonymous asked: Personally I believe that Pia took her coaching from her time with USWNT and put it into the Sweden team understanding how we play,how we work and she might have used it to her advantage. Personally I'd like to have Pia back as a coach
As any coach would, Pia used her prior experience with the USWNT and used it to the benefit of the SWEWNT. Tom does it when we play Australia, and any coach who plays a team they previously coached do it as well. I think there comes a time in a coach’s career when they need a new challenge. Pia and Tom wanted to start a new chapter in their coaching career and I believe they are both doing great.
I understand people are upset about the fact that the USWNT lost yesterday. We are all sad that the streak is over especially because it had lasted for 2 years. BUT, why some people are acting like it’s the end of the world? I get it, the USWNT rarely loses, but that doesn’t mean that they never will lose. Every team has its good and bad days and every team is entitled to them.
Now, they can use this as a learning experience, as I’m sure they already are, and they can take this as motivation moving forward. They are professionals. They have had to deal with bigger losses than this, they have had to deal with more difficult circumstances than this, and I know they won’t take this performance at the Algarve Cup lightly.
Sometimes losing opens your eyes up more than winning will. I’m not saying that I enjoy the USWNT losing, because I sure as hell don’t. I am heartbroken when they lose. However, they prove to me day in and day out that their motivation, determination, perseverance and class will carry them forward in a much more positive way: with a W next to their name at the end of 90 minutes.
Losing isn’t the end of the world unless you have the attitude like it is.