Talk about turf and whether Hope Solo should be on the pitch all you want. But being part of the World Cup still involves the small matter of qualifying for it. The U.S. women open the CONCACAF Women's Championship on Wednesday.
Amy Rodriguez said she knew people had low expectations for her coming back from the pregnancy. But FC Kansas City traded for her in the offseason and was rewarded with two goals in the NWSL title game.
Yes, because the game was a friendly, one could argue that it didn't really matter. But New Zealand hasn't beaten or tied the U.S. in 26 years. So in that respect, the 1-1 draw Wednesday night might just matter.
At first glance, dividing 23 American soccer players, in addition to 32 Canadian and Mexican players, into eight equal groups in the allocation process for the eight founding teams in the National Women's Soccer League might seem easy. Not really.