Replacing the bygone WPS this year will be NWSL – the National Women’s Soccer League (most other acronyms having been taken by now apparently), which will begin regular season in spring of 2013, with eight teams.
In the history of US soccer, the women’s national team has played 474 matches. Of those, there were 75 matches in which the US gave up 2 or more goals (specifically: 55 matches with 2 goals allowed, 14 with 3 GA, and 6 with 4 GA. The US has never given up more than 4 goals in a single match). Of those 75 matches, 18 followed another match in which the US also gave up 2 goals. In other words, 18 times, the US WNT has given up 2 or more goals in 2 consecutive matches.
Now here’s the interesting part….
A post over at Escape to Sport from a while back got me thinking about what might happen if countries other than Great Britain were allowed to field their own separate subgeographical teams. (Quick summary: while GB competes in the Olympics as a single entity, its component countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – compete within FIFA’s framework as their own separate teams. While the United Nations recognizes only the United Kingdom – which is not the same as Great Britain, exactly – it’s a bit more complicated with football.) [EDIT: The New York Times published an article on just this kerfluffle the same day I posted this.]
What if the United States fielded not just a single national team (for each gender and age group, of course), but multiple teams – two, three or four teams, all competing against each other as well as the rest of the world for a World Cup.
…HAO had it out wide and sent in a great cross, and I stuck my foot out. It hit my foot/shin area, and went into the side netting, and it was completely purposeful.