Newspaper reminder of magnitude of Sweden’s win

The Equalizer Staff March 8, 2014 61

Sweden’s 1-0 win over the United States at the Algarve Cup on Friday certainly was not understated back home.

Take this Swedish newspaper’s headline on the front page of the sports section, reading “The Crown Has Fallen” –

Just some perspective on what it means to beat the world’s No. 1 team and end their 43-game unbeaten streak.

  • xman22702

    Uhhhhhhhh I feel ten times worse!!! What if Canada did that to us?

    • Forgedias

      See there is always a silver lining. :)

  • gerd karl

    canada win against the usa, all canadian players get the orden, orden of the britisch empire.

    and all canadian player have to talk my lady.

  • Steglitz49

    This shows how important the US is to the success of ladies pro-soccer. Without the US there would be no women’s pro-soccer as we know it.

    I wonder what the Swedish headlines would be if Aya Miyama and her merry band of lasses put three past the Swedes again? Their match in the OG ended in a 0-0 draw, so there is everything to play for.

    • guest

      Newspaper shows the importance of women’s soccer in Sweden

  • luke

    Fans are right that this defeat may be a good wake-up call for US team, but the other side of the story is the message sent around the world: “they’re beatable”.
    What’s also important, is the style of play, or one may say, lack of the style in that game. It just didn’t look pretty at all.
    This loss must be huge confidence booster for other top teams fighting for #1 spot.

    • Calci0

      They are beatable once every 43 games?!? Why are people making so much out of this one game, when this isn’t even the team most likely to start at the WC…..

      • Steglitz49

        Because the Swedish NT should not be able to threaten the US one?

        • Calci0

          Do people need to be reminded even the 1999 didn’t steam roll through teams in the Knockout stage. And it took a PK shootout to hoist the trophy.

          • Steglitz49

            Indeed. I was thinking that more girls play soccer in the US than in Sweden, not just in absolute numbers but also proportionally. Less people live in Sweden than in Massachusetts or New Jersey. Selfevidently, ever so often all falls into place and the mice roar.

    • NYRick

      Every team is beatable when not at full strength or when the best players are not selected. That pertains to every team from Real Madrid to the Miami Heat. Sit LeBron and a top college US team can give the Heat a battle.

      The US team was arguably without their best player, Alex. Plus, there is this whole Abby mess and really midfield disarray that the coach hasn’t sorted yet. Tell you what though, the US team has shown great weakness already, but a loss or two here is much better than one next summer. Still a long way to go to the “real” tournament. But they are very beatable if this whole thing is played through Abby. This has been rehashed a million different ways by nearly everyone on here. We can’t all be stupid. We are all not coaches, but we are fans. We are close observers.

      • Steglitz49

        It is the head coach’s job to field the team he prefers. Sometimes they experiment, sometimes they throw caution to the wind and sometimes injuries and illness limit their options.

        My concern with the team that took the field was that the choices were asinine. He should have continued with Christen as starter. The only explanation, that I can dig up to justify this mess, is that he wanted to make a point and did not expect to lose the match, at worst a draw.

        Abby failed with her penalty while Aya scored with a freekick from 30 yds. On such small margins hang success and failure.

    • luke

      May I say: “I told you”? :)

  • kernel_thai

    Oddly the front page of the NY Times didnt have room for the story…I think it’s great that this is a big deal in Sweden and wish it was anywhere near as important in the states.

    • Steglitz49

      The LA Times had a little but the others not. The Chicago Tribune had a story about Fire’s Magee could receive $500K a year. Eat your hearts out NWSL.

    • Rufan

      New Jersey’s Star Ledger had a little Sports Shorts story on the game on top of page 2 of today’s sports section even with 5 players from NJ on the US team. The main story on page 1 was the state’s HS wrestling tournament.

    • Guest

      It was on Yahoo Sports front page.

    • guest

      The Houston Chronicle had the AP story on page 3.

      • Steglitz49

        Is Houston a big soccer city? They got the first new team into the NWSL so maybe that answers my question. Is women’s soccer a game of the deep South?

  • NYRick

    Let me put it in prospective in the US. I got the NY Daily News (one the premier sports pages in the country) this morning and there was not even a mere mention in the sports wire section. Forget even a one paragraph article. That’s a small section whereas just quick notable things in sports are mentioned that happened around the world in tennis, golf etc.

    Also, if I’m team USA, this newspaper gets laminated large in the team’s locker room before the WC. I thought this was what our friend newsouth would call, “The Vacation Cup.” We even started our “5th forward” and Pia’s old formidable tandem at forward. Gave them the match on the silver platter. And in my opinion, Fischer is the whole team. Without her, they are not even top 10. Playing Abby in that match with Fischer in good form is a mismatch and a gift to Pia.

    • Steglitz49

      If a tree falls in the forrest but noone is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

    • Guest

      Wow. I don’t support either team but if ever that was

    • Lorehead

      It’s not even making the news in Portland.

  • VaFan51

    From the Desperate to Find A Silver Lining Department:
    I just noticed that Morgan Brian is now featuring a single-digit jersey number — #7 — changing from #25.
    Cryptic though it be, maybe this is a sign that Sermanni considers her “in.” If so, glory hallelujah.
    On the other hand, #7 has been Shannon Boxx’s number. Hmmmm….

    • Davis

      Sometimes tournaments have rules about the numbers players can wear on their jerseys. With a 23 player roster, for example, a tournament might require players players to wear numbers 1 through 23. The move from 25 to 7 for Brian is more likely to be a result of adhering to tournament rules.

      • VaFan51

        You’re probably right. But, like I said, I’m desperate…

        • Steglitz49

          If Moe Brian wears the #7, to me that is a good sign because all sorts of male players have worn that number, including
          George Best, King Eric (Cantona) and Beckham (bend it like). Maybe Posh Spice is a #7?

          Tonight we can all chip in and dig up famous and infamous #7s. It will pass the time even if it won’t dull the pain …

    • nwslfan

      don’t despair. we have an incredibly strong roster. look at the last 20 minutes of the game + look at the last 10. We created some good chances. I don’t view a tie to Japan and a loss 0-1 to a very motivated Sweden as some type of Greg Ryan collapse/downward spiral. We have very good midfielders and world class forwards. We have great defenders. We will get a quality squad on the field. TS is bringing in fresh young talent and giving them chances and they are showing great promise. Nobody on NT will tolerate mediocrity or losses for long. Corrections will occur.

      • Steglitz49

        “Don’t cry for me Algarve …”

    • Steglitz49

      Who wears #10 and #14?

      • Rdalford

        Currently Carli Lloyd wears #10 and Cox wears #14.

    • Rdalford

      Don’t read too much into jersey numbers for this tournament. A number of players wore numbers usually worn by players who were out (S.Mewis #12 normally worn by Holiday, Hagen #13 normally worn by Alex Morgan etc).

  • nat
    • Guenther Netzer-Kant

      Page 44 is terrific :-)

      • Steglitz49

        I did not know that your namesake was such a fan of ladies’ football. Is there a simple explanation?

        • Gunther Netzer-Kant

          To be honest – I had no idea…
          I assume it’s simply cause he’s a very smart and reflected person.
          And he know’s a lot about football…

  • STT

    I honestly don’t get what the big deal is… Any win streak will end eventually. And actually, Sweden tends to have our number. Since 2011, the US is only 2W-2T-3L against Sweden – which accounts for 13 of the 37 points the US has dropped in that time. (To compare, the US’s records over the same time period against Germany and Japan are, respectively, 1-3-0 for 6 dropped points and 5-3-1 for 9 dropped points.) I’m glad it was just a friendly.

  • SBfan

    they should be lucky alex morgan wasn’t there to rain on everyones parade like she did last year.

    • newsouth

      do you mean crying in the sweden game because fisher had her eating grass?

      • Why Always Me

        And yet she still scored…

        • newsouth

          that was lloyd ball also? whoever jumped in front of them froze the defense. anyway, in her late 2013 form she wasn’t saving the mess at the vacation cup? the best i see them coming out of the two games is with 2 pts even with her on the field. japan is a draw. maybe she generates a goal against sweden. wambach and the mid-field problems have to be dealt with. also they need to stop bring in system players vs bring in and capping the best talent on the board in the ncaas
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjLZLJGs78U

          • Why Always Me

            I don’t understand what you mean by Lloyd’s ball? And it doesn’t matter if the defense froze, she scored an important goal against Sweden that tied the game for them. Also, considering Alex was injured for much of late 2013 makes me somewhat confused as to what you mean by “form”. It’s hard to have form of any sort if you’re only playing fifteen or so minutes (and even then she affected play, such as assisting Sinclair’s goal in the Thorns championship game while still UNFIT TO PLAY -looking at you Cone-). Also, we don’t know what would’ve happened if Alex had been playing in Algarve this week, but I put more money on us winning than not if she’s involved.

          • c01

            Well newsouth is just prostrated that her favorite player had still zero assist and zero goal in THE VACATION CUP this year. How many goals and assist did Alex have in last years tournament?
            Anyway I still believe that Alex, Press and Syd should start every game just like last year vs Germany when the US did won the Vacation Cup.

          • newsouth

            i’m not sure what you are getting at. game one was an usual performance by the national team, just can’t finish them off. game two was a late sub and pia put the whole squad in check again. they really don’t want to see her in an elimination game during the WC, even with morgan. what else is there? TS has 15 mths or so to get his mid-field and forward situation together. game 1 was horrible communication and lack of understanding of “who would be where and when?”. i’m not that obsessed over press scoring or not scoring, definitely less than morgan and sydney fans. it doesn’t mean that much to me. i just go with the flow of the threads and add my own flavor to them, not different than S49, guest, newsouth jr, etc. at the end of the days, as rick as say, i’m probably pulling more for Brasil behind closed doors. now, that’s a 2015 upset i’d like to see. Thanks anyway.

          • Steglitz49

            It is the defense and defensive midfield that needs overhauling. The Swedish goal was owed to inept defending more than to Swedish brilliance.

          • Steglitz49

            Why not call the tourney by its name? Algarve is one character less than vacation and not snide.

            The Algarve cup is 20 years old. It is after the WC and OG the main intercontinental tournament for ladies’ soccer though the Cyprus cup, which is modeled on it, isnow also getting established. The only intercontinental club match for the ladies is the MobCast cup.

          • newsouth

            This was confirmed by a German player in the past. FC USWNT arrived in a chartered 737. They housed the team in their own private hotel while the German player confirmed other teams where in the same hotel. Now, take in account all the other accommodation they get vs the other teams. It smells like a vacation to me, given the AC trophy isn’t anywhere up there with the WC and OGs. If the USA drops the WC then it uses the OGs as a recovery. I don’t think they count the AC if they dropped both the OGs and WC.

          • Steglitz49

            Your point is well taken. Outside the World cup there ain’t a lot for women to play for at the international level. FIFA use the U-20 WC as a testrun for the ladies’ WC while for the men they use the Confederations cup. The men’s Olympics is U23 + seniors.

            The NWSL did not send a team to the MobCast cup. That also would have been a vacation for them. Selfevidently, provided the NWSL develops and grows, it will soon be the league to play for. What else, apart from the Champions League and the domestic cups and leagues, is there for women to compete for?

            The spirit of Algarve used to be experimentation and relaxation. It is hard to get laid when the few who turn up are pensiors who don’t speak English, but the win-at-all-costs attitude is starting to damage ladies’ soccer. If women’s soccer just becomes men’s light, then who will bother to watch except family and partners?

  • Why Always Me

    At least it isn’t Canada. =D

    Also, I’m with STT on this one. Sweden tends to be our Achilles heel, not helped by the fact that Pia knows a majority of the starters inside out, and I’m not sure we’ve played with the same lineup twice… ever (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). That can be pretty important for team cohesion.

    Anyway, this is my theory. TS will use this Algarve for final experimentation and more than likely settle on a starting eleven for any friendlies afterward to develop chemistry. Maybe fiddle and fine tune a bit around WCQ since our group is usually pretty easy. That’s my prediction and I’m sticking with it.

    • newsouth

      and my theory is, wambach starts one of the france games for sure, since she is considered a ticket seller by ussoccer. it’s a vicious cycle. with a slate of home games going into the WC, can he bench wambach behind the 3? nope, he will still have fragment issues with his forwards by the end of the year. in order for them to fully grow as an unit, wambach has to get press’ 10-15 min slot. it ain’t happening on usa soil.

      • Steglitz49

        Would Abby really sell tickets after this game, with a missed penalty and all? That her name might sell more that Christen Press’s is not so odd because Christen las little name recognition at home yet.

        I suggest to start marketing around Syd, Hope and Moe, and add Lindsey provided that she does well in the U20 WC.

        • newsouth

          is that lindsey hagen, apple horan, or sarah lohan, because they have less recognition than press?

          • Steglitz49

            Lindsey Vonn?

            If Ms Horan does well at U20 WC we shall know about it, rest assured.

      • Why Always Me

        You could be right, but I hope not. Right now, going off form, I’d say start Leroux and, when healthy, pair her with Alex, then sub Press in for Leroux so that we can see how she plays with Alex. As for midfield, I’d say HAO and Carli seem to be locks, I’d really like to find a way to get Moe in with Holiday, though, as well as get Tobin some game time and see how she does. Pinoe needs to be benched and allowed to find some sort of good form at the NWSL under Harvey, her performances for the past couple of games have been disgraceful.

        • Terry Lash

          HAO was way too predictable and ineffective against Sweden. She probably will be on the WCC team, but it is not clear she will be a starter in the more important games now.

          • Why Always Me

            On the flip side, she was extremely effective against Japan, who I rate higher than Sweden. The US just didn’t look good in the game against Sweden, I’m not sure that’s a good indicator of whether HAO sill start or not.

  • treehill

    I disagree with people saying “who cares, it’s a meaningless friendly.” This was a harmful loss because the US probably misses a 4th game, against a quality opponent (definitely missing Germany), with not many quality games left before WC15.

    It was important to win these group games. For the final I’d say “who cares”. But getting those quality minutes this year is important, with Sermanni admitting he’s still not close to picking a WC squad. Bad subbing patterns, leaving poor performers in too long, and baffling lineup choices in these games were not harmless.

    • Steglitz49

      No-one commenting on this piece seem to say “who cares, it’s a meaningless friendly”. If anything they say “at least it was not in the knockout stage of a major tournament” and regard it like awake-up call.

      At the same time I find your attitude “for the final I’d say ‘who cares*” a bit strange because the US will play a team from the other group that has acquitted itself well, which will be good training. A final between Germany and Japan or Germany and Sweden is a decent final.

    • Why Always Me

      Nah, I disagree. WC is 15 months off, mate, with another Algarve waiting in the wings next year and the NWSL to help shed more light on individual performances, as well as WCQ, which will in all likelihood be a cakewalk and good for getting our strikers in form. I don’t care about the lineup choices, TS is clearly still mixing it up, but I AM worried about the poor substitutions Tom has been making. For all her faults, Pia did pretty well with substitutions, with excellent super subs like Alex and Syd coming off the bench to inject life and pace into the team.

  • Tom F

    here is the replay for the Germany vs China game. Move over to the 9 minute mark for the actual game
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSzMcymKrjQ
    the one big difference for Germany(since last year’s euros) is now that they’re center/fwd position has become very inter-changeable as several different players take turns making runs down the middle of the penalty box(it used to before, just their lone striker, Sasic)
    This game was as dominating for them as the Iceland. But keep in mind that China is well prepared, coming from a victorious tourney a weeks ago where they beat Mexico, N Korea & NZ. Also interesting; Iceland, who lost 5-0 to Germany, ended up beating Norway in the other group game

    • Why Always Me

      Thank you for finding these videos of other international teams for us! I really enjoy scoping out the competition as a neutral. =)