U.S. girls’s soccer legend Carli Lloyd didn’t mince phrases when she analyzed the workforce’s lackluster efficiency in opposition to Portugal of their ultimate group match of the Girls’s World Cup.
The U.S. got here to a 0-0 draw against Portugal – a squad they have been anticipated to beat handily. As a substitute, Portugal shocked the Individuals whilst they got here up simply in need of sending them residence.
Lloyd known as their play “uninspiring.”
“I made some feedback once I retired in 2021, however I felt there was shift inside this workforce, throughout the federation, throughout the tradition, the mentality, the significance of in that means of profitable has modified, what comes from profitable has change into extra essential, and you may by no means take any state of affairs with no consideration,” she stated.
“Each time you step out on that pitch, it’s not a assure you’re gonna win. It’s not a assure you’re gonna win a World Cup. And right this moment was simply merely uninspiring, disappointing. They don’t look match. They’re enjoying as people. And the ways are simply too predictable and actually simply uninspiring.”
Lloyd was clear on the halftime too – the U.S. efficiency was “not adequate.”
The U.S. barely received any offense after placing three objectives on Vietnam in a win barely eking out a draw in opposition to the Netherlands.
One of many higher probabilities got here within the 53rd minute when Lindsey Horan was on the counterattack. She discovered Alex Morgan in entrance, and it was only a bit too removed from right here. Morgan put it on aim, nevertheless it was knocked away.
Morgan then had an ideal likelihood within the 83rd minute. She had the benefit and seemed to cross it, nevertheless it was blocked. She then took a shot, however Portugal keeper Ines Pereira blocked the shot. Within the first minute of additional time, she received one other look, however her try was excessive of the online.
The U.S. will possible face a dominant Sweden workforce within the knockout spherical.