U.S. women’s soccer team waiting for 2015 World Cup
The 2015 World Cup may seem a long way off for the U.S. women’s soccer team highly accomplished veterans, Abby Wambach and Hope Solo.
Christie Rampone won a World Cup alongside Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain and two Olympic championships with Hope Solo and Abby Wambach.
But asking her to choose between the two teams is a little like asking the U.S. women’s soccer team‘s only true soccer mom which of her two daughters she likes best.
Comparing teams across eras is a fool’s errand since players continue to get bigger, stronger and faster while game plans, training methods and the competition improve as well. So if you give me Solo and Wambach I’ll spot you two goals, and I’ll still win in a rout.
If the passage of time has made the current team the better one, though, there’s still something missing — which is what opened the door to this debate in the first place.
Although Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath all missed their penalty kicks in last summer’s World Cup loss to Japan, Chastain and Hamm made theirs 13 years earlier, giving the U.S. its second world championship in eight years.
No U.S. women’s soccer team this century has been able to match that.