The second half was a little better than the first – though you have to wonder on some level if that wasn’t an optical illusion. After all, there was no real reason for Norway to attack and put themselves in danger at the back.
But the United States created a few chances, but nothing that wasn’t converted and rose to the level of, “I can’t believe they didn’t score there,” in such a way that it makes you think Kanu plays for them.
Overall, I thought it was a pretty poor performance. They really didn’t look like they communicated very well, they didn’t really play for each other, and it seemed like coach Pia Sundhage was a little slow on the draw in trying to make any maneuvers tactically that were going to change the order of things. That’s sort of what makes me think this match was a tactical miscalculation from the start. The US attack strategy of playing long balls to single runners, which wasn’t used quite as much in the second half, really didn’t bother Norway. The US does not have players in this team where individually, they can demolish a defense – Abby Wambach was the closest to that and we know she won’t be playing in the tournament.
Japan and New Zealand tied, 2-2, in the other group match, so as of now, the Americans are last in Group G.
There were four other games today:
Group E: Canada 2, Argentina 1; China 2, Sweden 1.
Group C: North Korea 1, Nigeria 0; Germany 0, Brazil 0.
Which means … the Americans got the worst result of the day (Loss, -2).