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  1. Michael Brouwer
    February 8, 2014

    Alex Morgan’s absence is a good opportunity for other players to develop, but when it comes to the big games in the World Cup, she’s irreplaceable. Her mere presence on the field both rivets the fans and intimidates the opposition. And during clutch time, there’s no-one cooler and more confident (e.g. header vs. Canada in the last seconds of overtime).

  2. Bean
    February 8, 2014

    Bless her heart.

  3. West of the Cascades
    February 8, 2014

    Hopeful here she’s in match-fit shape by April 12th when the Thorns open their defense of the NWSL championship!

  4. harvey
    February 8, 2014

    There is no point in running her out against such weak opposition such as Russia. In fact, I have no idea why Tom put Wambach on the field today when the game was out of hand? Run up her scoring record? Fans wanted to see her?

    It does the US NO good to play teams like this and if we do? Why use the “A” players?

    • RB
      February 9, 2014

      Because real games are what keep players in game shape?

      Sounds crazy, I know, but just guessing, here…

      • DCLee
        February 9, 2014


    • JoeW
      February 9, 2014

      In theory, you’re right. In practice, you’re not. The Women’s game is still not a world game, especially if it’s not a WC or Olympics year. At any given time, when the US is training, looking for competition (other than intrasquad matches) there are simply very few other women’s national teams that can play against them. They have no funding, haven’t been training. So unlike the US men (or any men’s team), women’s teams (outside of a WC or Olympic quarter) have to take what they get. That’s part of the reason we play Canada and Mexico so much–they’re close by and therefore cheap, otherwise there’s limited value in playing Canada a couple of times a year. Additionally, friendlies like this are often quid-pro-quo….we play them on our turf, then they play us on their’s. That doesn’t mean we have to play in Russia. But there might be some time when there is a meaningful game in Scandanavia (against a Sweden or Norway) where a preliminary friendly in say….St. Petersburg…could be a useful warmup.

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