Published: March 13, 2010
Ten things I noticed in watching the U.S. U17 Women’s National Team win 13-0 over Cayman Islands Friday at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the FIFA U17 World Cup.
- Kazbek Tambi’s team took a very mature approach to the fact that they were playing a team that didn’t belong on the field with them. They went about their business professionally and showed good sportsmanship despite the circumstances.
- Morgan Brian is just as good as I remember her at the club level. Her vision and technique are superior and her 28-minute hat trick was almost secondary to the other good things she did, albeit against weak opposition.
- Ditto for Lindsey Horan – but I disagree with the FSC commentator that she reminds of Abby Wambach. I would say Heather O’Reilly is a better comparison.
- The Cayman Islands had a handful of fans in the stands (at a Costa Rican stadium) chanting “Let’s go Cayman, Let’s go.” Let’s go indeed. Let’s go to the bus at halftime and drive away.
- The Cayman Islands team nickname should be “The Red Saucers.”
- The Cayman Islands’ goalkeeper sounds a lot like the pterodactyls on “Land of the Lost” when she screams (or was it the Ringwraiths in “Lord of the Rings?” One of those).
- Probably after about 8-0 it’s OK to stop screaming.
- Having missed the opening minute of the telecast, it took me more than 30 minutes to see that Abby Smith was the U.S. goalkeeper for the day.
- The U.S. players on the bench were getting a lot of camera time, but managed to avoid bursting out laughing at any point. They are better people than I am.
- Not awarding any stoppage time in a lopsided game is acceptable mercy-giving from match officials; but making up offside calls to deny likely goals is not. It really could have been 20-0.
The win sets up a showdown with undefeated Costa Rica on Sunday evening. While the U.S. hasn’t had a good test yet in the event, neither has Costa Rica.
Two teams will advance from this event to the World Cup, to be played this September in Trinidad & Tobago.
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