Monday, January 23, 2012

USWNT Demolish First Two Opponents

The US Women's National Team demolished their first two opponents in their quest to London. First up was a CONCACAF minnow who fell prey to the USWNT's elite squad in less than ten minutes. The Dominican Republic fell by the embarrassing score of 14-0.

Some raised questions of a mercy rule while others criticized the Americans for punishing such a weak squad into a pulp. Rather though, the Americans were sending a message not to the Dominican Republic, but to CONCACAF. The message was simple: it is disrespectful to the game to allow such a weak team into the tournament at all. 

Most interesting about this though was that the Dominican Republic had to qualify for the round they were in. They went through their qualifying against even weaker opponents who failed to even score. That tells you their is an extremely lopsided training rate in the CONCACAF female arena, one that CONCACAF had better recognize soon and take steps to avoid further slaughters on such a public stage. No team should have to suffer a 14-0 defeat. Are the Americans here to blame? No. They had a job to do, to go out and win in a tournament where goal differential matters and dangerous opponents lie ahead.

And what was the fate of their second opponent? Guatemala were only slightly less the victim as they fell 13-0 to the USA. You can hear in the player and coach reactions that they are looking to play good soccer and improve. Goals aside, they want to play the beautiful game well and up their confidence. Can they be faulted for the tournament structure? Can they be faulted for playing soccer? The answer is no. They should take pride in the way they play and keep their celebrations to a respectful minimum.

These games weren't perfect, but as they say: don't hate they players, hate the tournament organizers.


  1. I don't think their celebrations were as bad as some Canadians are trying to make them out to be. It was mostly claps and high fives. There's nothing wrong with that. They're human, not robots. Showing some emotion, regardless of score, is perfectly natural and human, and anyone who says they'd act differently is either lying or never played competitive sports.

  2. Is there a number of goals in which a team should just stop trying? Or a time in which to let the other team catch up? No. Why not? Because this is not rec league or high school soccer. There is no mercy rule.