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by Kristine, This Suit Is Not Black

I’m willing to bet Team USA head coach Greg Ryan is wishing he stuck to that little motto right about now, because not only did his team of girls lose, his team of girls lost and it was his fault.

Ryan decided to bench goalie Hope Solo from today’s semifinal Women’s World Cup game against Brazil. Solo, mind you, hadn't allowed a single goal in almost 300 World Cup minutes, so with that in mind - and just 24 hours before today’s game - Ryan decided to bench her. Because that’s what good coaches do. In the game instead was 36-year-old Briana Scurry, whose faster reflexes were supposed to outwit those tricky Brazilians. Unfortunately, she wasn’t cat-like enough. Maybe she was rusty because she hadn’t played in a game all tournament…or in a full game for the past three months.

"It was the wrong decision, and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that," [Solo] said. "There's no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves. And the fact of the matter is it's not 2004 anymore. ... It's 2007, and I think you have to live in the present. And you can't live by big names. You can't live in the past. It doesn't matter what somebody did in an Olympic gold medal game in the Olympics three years ago. Now is what matters, and that's what I think."

Regardless, the Number 1-ranked USA – undefeated in 51 straight games – lost 4-0 thanks to Ryan’s bad decision, Scurry’s poor reflexes, and unsung hero Leslie Osborne for her own goal in the 20th minute to get the party started for Brazil.

Source: AP

1 comment(s):

More Credible said...

Maybe he thought they were playing little league rules... and thought everyone had to play?

Good decision.

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