What the USA learned when SheBelieved Exactly One Year Ago.
Youtube was easier to live with for professional WoSo fans. A German broadcast of last years SheBelieves Cup game between the USWNT and Germany was uploaded. The U.S.National team strengths and flaws were shown.
The three women backline worked against "Die Nationalelf". The Germans had no speed to challenge Crystal Dunn playing the wing back position. The 3-5-2 was successful collecting passes to get into the attacking third. The goal scoring chances were few.
We will welcome back Crystal Dunn with open arms into the NWSL. She roamed where ever she wanted, creating crosses and dancing through defenders. Crystal provided two of the three first-half chances in Chester, Pennsylvania.
The Stars and Stripes built from the back and relied on through balls on the left side. Germany's chances came early. Lena Peterman made an attempt at the right side of the goal in the seventh minute. Sara Dabritz strike at the half circle met Alyssa Naeher's stretched hands in the 12th minute.
Germany had opened the game in the late 70th minute. Their downfall was turnovers. Kristen Press hustle led a chance for a goal missed causing a few bounces to Lynn Williams for the one to nil win.
The U.S. national team removed Crystal Dunn in place of Mallory Pugh. Mallory moved up top forming an attacking 3-4-3. The game became faster. U.S. manager Jill Ellis' change in tactics didn't produce a second goal.
Press was substituted for Lindsey Horan so Ellis can switch back to a 3-5-2. Germany was advancing more in the late minutes. The came turned dramatic at the end.
Samantha Mewis won't be missed this SheBelieves. Dunn made the team played an offensive 3-5-2 formation. Mewis possess to facilitate and defend.
Rebecca Sauerbrunn's absence is why we should fear. Her veteran presence can make the Germans more ambitious to pressure the American defense. The U.S. dominance on the ball was the key to their victory.
Germany is in second in the FIFA rankings. We can easily be patient to beat them. Lack of tolerance will only exposes larger problems in 2018.