Easy Does it: USWNT Defeats South Korea 4-1
Abby Wambach scored her 156th career goal while Kristie Mewis tallied her first in the United States’ win over South Korea. Maura Gladys has highlights, analysis, and what it all means.
BY Maura Gladys PostedIt was tougher than expected, but the U.S. women’s national team defeated South Korea 4-1 in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday night. The U.S. jumped out to an early lead when Kristie Mewis scored her first goal for the Americans in the 3rd minute, and Lauren Cheney doubled the lead four minutes later. But South Korea struck back in the 26th minute when Cho Sohyun buried a low shot to the corner. South Korea threatened to equalize early in the second half, but Carli Lloyd put the game out of reach in the 57th minute when she struck a low, booming shot from long-range. The U.S. put a bow on the match when Alex Morgan drew a penalty in stoppage time, allowing Abby Wambach to covert the PK and add to her goal tally. Wambach now sits on 156 career goals, just two shy of Mia Hamm’s all-time record. The most notable thing about the match, besides Wambach’s goal, was Tom Sermanni’s decision to play several players out of position, and the overall effectiveness of those moves. He started Christie Rampone, the team’s defensive general, at right back, a position she hasn’t played in years. But Rampone was game, making several runs up the wing, sending in good crosses, and getting a couple shots on goal. Sermanni has also been trying to install a strong defensive midfield position in his lineup, and he slotted Carli Lloyd in that spot for this game. She much prefers an attacking position where she can get up field and use her powerful shot from just outside the box, but the switch paid off on Saturday. Lloyd hung back at the right times, but her instincts propelled her forward when needed, including in the 57th minute when she sent a brilliant low shot into the goal. Mewis, a natural midfielder has played mostly defense for the Americans. But similar to Lloyd, playing back allows her to push up and use her attacking instincts to find the net. It paid off against South Korea when she was up field, in the right place at the right time to score her first career goal. Sermanni is building on what Pia Sundhage started with Kelley O’Hara. By converting attacking and midfield players to defense, the U.S. team is a squad of hungry, attacking players itching to rush forward, but with the speed to race back. It’s a semi-risky move, leaving the U.S. particularly vulnerable to counter attacks. But if executed correctly could lead to an unthinkable amount of goals.
June 16, 2013
June 16, 2013