Sure the United States has been commanding as evidenced by their 3-1 win against Mexico on Thursday. But the question remains as to who exactly will be on the squad when the real qualifying games begin.
The spotlight on Abby Wambach continued to shine brightly in 2013: She led the Western New York Flash to the NWSL championship game and moved past Mia Hamm for most international goals in soccer history.
At kickoff Friday, depth was a luxury for the U.S. national team, which saw three new starters and superstar Abby Wambach on the bench. By halftime, that same surplus of talent turned into a necessity after Alex Morgan went down with an injury.
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.