Women’s World Cup ‘23 Game Thread (spoilers)

SocrManiac

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That's devastating. Inches from an equalizer to down two in the space of seconds. Kerr won't be going from hero to goat but she isn't ever going to forget that.
 

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England just too good.
Yup. Aussies needed a golazo to level. England put it away with two pedestrian goals. Just so much easier for them to get up and down the pitch, they've got a consistent level of class that AUS can only occasionally touch.
 

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I'm sorry, but that's an embarrassment to goalkeeping. that ball should have basically hit her, or at least been a quick kick with her right foot. She was cheated so far to the near post she invited the whole thing. Wasn't even a good shot. Absolutely awful.

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England has been clinical and the Aussie goalie is just not that good. She should have had the 2nd and 3rd goals, her angles have been bad.
And the Aussie RB got her pocket picked by the England winger on the touchline for the second goal. Too easy for the Oppressors.
 

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And for Spain against England.

Anyone else feel that match was kinda ugly? Just a bunch of route one balls over the top, with an occasional cross mixed in. Only a few breakaways, very little clever interplay except for one of England's goals, and a lot of overly physical play that the ref never put much of a lid on. Even though Sweden-Spain was scoreless for a while I though it was far more watchable, even before you get into the mayhem ending.
 

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Six minutes seems overly generous

Credit to both sides for very little time wasting in this match.
Credit the ref for showing a Yellow when deserved at the 10 minute mark. Some of these games have had agonizingly slow/clunky pace of play because of the constant hard fouling with no check from the referee, sometimes leading to actual injuries, and (why not both) sometimes leading to the heavy overplay of serious injury when no foul or injury actually occured. I feel like the refs have to treat these games like the first day back to school for a 3rd grade teacher - start out like a Marine Drill Sergent and you'll have a better chance of ending the day like a cuddly teddy bear.
This is like watching a double feature of Gallipoli and Breaker Morant.
Yeesh.
 

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And for Spain against England.

Anyone else feel that match was kinda ugly? Just a bunch of route one balls over the top, with an occasional cross mixed in. Only a few breakaways, very little clever interplay except for one of England's goals, and a lot of overly physical play that the ref never put much of a lid on. Even though Sweden-Spain was scoreless for a while I though it was far more watchable, even before you get into the mayhem ending.
I felt like the ref let a lot of upper body play go without calling a foul, but was on top of the lower body entanglements.
 

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Finished watching and sad for the Aussies. What a great run.

And what an amazing hola from Kerr. That’s just what she does - she plays her best in the biggest moments.

England switching to 3ATB and a front 2 has posed all kinds of problems for their opponents so far. Wiegman is the best. And now they get James back for the final.


Spain-England should set up as a very pleasing clash of styles. Can Spain use their possession well and stretch England side-to-side? Can England keep 2 strikers on the pitch and really punish Spain’s turnovers?
 

Ale Xander

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Booooooo

Matildas had a chance.
Bad defense on the 2nd and 3rd goals. Although both the pass and the shot on the 3rd was pure class
Kerr had a bunny and makeable header, one of those could have turned the flow.

And what is a "Russo" doing not playing for Italy?

Vamos Espana!
 

Ale Xander

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And for Spain against England.

Anyone else feel that match was kinda ugly? Just a bunch of route one balls over the top, with an occasional cross mixed in. Only a few breakaways, very little clever interplay except for one of England's goals, and a lot of overly physical play that the ref never put much of a lid on. Even though Sweden-Spain was scoreless for a while I though it was far more watchable, even before you get into the mayhem ending.
Yeah, Spain (and Colombia, and even France) are more fun to watch.
 

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Vlatko resigns.

Will be interesting to see how Crocker and the new US Soccer leadership approach this hire. The US women’s job is of totally different stature than the men’s - prestige and relative pay. It will be an entirely different search process and a chance to get the US back tirades the cutting edge of tactics and player development.
 

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Vlatko resigns.

Will be interesting to see how Crocker and the new US Soccer leadership approach this hire. The US women’s job is of totally different stature than the men’s - prestige and relative pay. It will be an entirely different search process and a chance to get the US back tirades the cutting edge of tactics and player development.
Can they pry away Tony Gustavsson from the Matildas?
Assistant to both Pia and Jill and has shown himself to handle the pressure in 2023 as head.
 

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Can they pry away Tony Gustavsson from the Matildas?
Assistant to both Pia and Jill and has shown himself to handle the pressure in 2023 as head.
His contract is up in December, but it might not be possible to get him out of the country.

Edit: I’ll add that we don’t know if the new hire is going to expected to focus on the national teams or be a leader in the broader development system. It’s a big strategic decision.

On one hand, winning World Cups is the single biggest thing they can do to grow the sport.

on the other hand, as the NWSL becomes more independent and the clubs start investing in their pipelines (some much more than others), it’s vital to have a clear vision and open dialog between the national team and the various development sites. While Stanford, UCLA, & UNC are still the most important talent producers, Alyssa Thompson turning down Stanford for the NWSL is a strong indicator that thing have changed. And they’re not going back as the NWSL is starting to pay more.

Big decisions afoot.
 
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Can they pry away Tony Gustavsson from the Matildas?
Assistant to both Pia and Jill and has shown himself to handle the pressure in 2023 as head.
I liked most of their tournament quite a lot and I could see his "4-4-2, with players clearly understanding what they are doing and a high level of intensity" fitting our player pool potentially quite well. I'll admit that his seeming a bit flummoxed by as simple a tweak by Wiegman putting a back 3 on his two strikers leaves me a little cold on him, but that might just be recency bias.