Defence needs to be sorted out asap. Kyah Simon missed today, not at all convinced by Polkinghorne. Weak defence means van Egmond is dropping further back to help robbing us in the midfield. Also, Chidiak needs to replace Kellond-Knight, too passive going into attack otherwise.Just the third time in the last five years that the USWNT has conceded 3 goals:
2019-04-04 - USA 5 Australia 3 (friendly)
2019-01-20 - France 3 USA 1 (friendly)
2016-06-03 - USA 3 Japan 3 (friendly)
Polkinghorne falling over was reminiscent of Clinton Young falling over in the goal square in the 2012 grand final and coughing up a goal. She won't want to look at that too many times on replay. I'm not convinced by Kennedy (too easily wrong-footed by Morgan for her 100th goal) and although she's the designated set piece queen, I haven't seen one shot from a set piece that has threatened the opponent, including in the finals in the W-League.Defence needs to be sorted out asap. Kyah Simon missed today, not at all convinced by Polkinghorne. Weak defence means van Egmond is dropping further back to help robbing us in the midfield. Also, Chidiak needs to replace Kellond-Knight, too passive going into attack otherwise.
You would certainly want more games to fine tune, 0 games in the next 63 days before the world cup starts isn't many. I think maybe 1 in April, a couple more in May and then maybe one just around June the 2nd as a final warm up game before game 1 a week later. I think the men's usually do a couple warm up games in the weeks leading up to the WC. That being said, the if the US are playing 10, with that many games you possibly risk some fatigue or unnecessary injuries coming into the tournament. There's a limit to how much good beating up on a bunch of average teams does for performance or whether it just risks players and pulls them out of club level too much.No doubt we are better for having today's game scheduled. A good reminder that we are pretty good but have definite room for improvement.
As far as I can see, we have no more friendlies before the World Cup. Seriously, what the **** Football Australia?
USA on the other hand play Belgium on Sunday and then South Africa, New Zealand and Mexico next month.
Games in 2019 between now and the World Cup: USA 3, Australia 0
Games in 2019 before the World Cup: USA 10, Australia 4