The USWNT Needs a Solid Defense To Create.
The excuses of the NCAA and European men's teams investing in women's soccer are moot. The USWNT forward position is as deep as the Pacific. The rest of the field players may need repositioning.
Rose Lavelle was supposed to be the connecting #10. Her injury-plagued rookie campaign halted the process. Carli Lloyd can only be a threat from outside the box, occupying the minds of defenders away from the premier forwards.
The midfielders are experienced yet slow. A 4-4-2 could be the best position to display the best talent of Lloyd, Allie Long, and Julie Ertz. A team like France can breakthrough the flanks leaving the fullbacks exposed.
Casey Short will put in work at SheBelieves Cup. The group of emerging defenders would be in far worse shape without the resurgence of Short's career.
The possible 4-4-2 can morph into a defensive 3-4-3 with Lloyd and Short pushing forward. The USWNT will try to dominate possession to defend. The ocean of talent at forward will have to make waves.
Another able fullback can make the national team attacking efforts easier. Sofia Huerta was chosen for her ability to p!ay from the back as a defensive midfielder. She hasn't started questioning isn't it time to play an outright three women backline?
Consistent positive characteristics must be shown at SheBelieves. The USWNT can't dream of the artists making effortless passes for goals. The soldiers in the back just enlisted.