As we all know by now, the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) crashed out of the 2007 Women’s World Cup in a manner reminiscent of a car packed with C-4 going into triple roll-over. I only know what the few reports I read told me, so I can’t analyze the game or speak to factors in the loss…beyond acknowledging that the 4-0 score-line suggests several factors as opposed to one.
But one of those factors will, no doubt, get plenty of attention in the wake of the loss: USWNT coach Greg Ryan. The question already being batted around is whether Ryan should keep his job. Clemente Lisi, writing on USSoccerplayers.com, serves up an emphatic no – for reasons that don’t begin and end with the Solo/Scurry controversy.
All the same, I do have an opinion on the loss: it’s a good thing.
As much as I like the U.S. winning, I like my sports competitive a little more. Parity among women’s national teams, something that seems to be growing at a happy pace, makes for a more interesting Women’s World Cup. I’d go so far as to say that I feel like I missed out. While there’s something to be said in favor of great teams – after all, this is Wigan beating Manchester United means something – the more fundamental truth is there’s not much point in watching a sports if you know what’s going to happen.