St.louis – The American defeated fellow worldcup team Ireland, 1-0 on Tuesday night, getting the only goal they needed from Alana cook in the oddest of fashions.But they also often looked disjointed,failing to finish chances,turning the ball over and struggling at times to contain Ireland.
With the world cup beginning in 100 days ,it would be tempting to see all of that as trouble some.
“The things that were missing is not something that worries me,”coach Vlatko Andonvski said after the game,” it wasn’t about the individual player and,oviuosly getting minutes to certain players.
This is a team still coming to terms with the sudden loss of leading scorer Mallory Swanson,who ruptured her patellar tendon against Ireland on Saturday,and the impact her absence will have on the style the USWNT plays,they are also working several players back from lengthy injuries and trying to figure out what fits,and where.
And with only six or seven spots left on the 23- player roster,and 10 to 12 players in the mix for them, Andonvski wanted to get another look at players on the bubble.this was the last game,and the last camp,before the roster is named.
Andonvski said ,”i feel comfortable where were at as a team.
That’s not to say there aren’t things to take away from this game.