You know what the critical difference between North Carolina and Penn State was in the national championship? Depth.
The Tar Heels are “Rolling in the Deep” (doesn’t completely make sense, but feels right). Everybody plays. Even the trainer came on for the final two minutes, though the only touch she made was on a teammate who was cramping up. Here are three things to take away from North Carolina’s 22nd national title.
1. Anson Dorrance dreams of having a 19-player rotation. That’s his ideal world. The North Carolina coach said he’s only ever had one team deep enough to pull it off. Where do the 2012 Tar Heels rank? He called them the second deepest team he’s ever coached.
2. US Soccer did the Tar Heels a favor. While the federation was plucking away the team’s top players early in the year – the likes of Crystal Dunn, Kealia Ohai and Summer Green – North Carolina was busy developing the rest of its group. It all made for a stronger unit that nearly accomplished Dorrance’s vision. Only three players went the full 90 in the final vs. seven for Penn State.
3. North Carolina has now won about 71 percent of all national titles played. Seventy-frickin’-one!
Correction, Adele: North Carolina does have it all!