It doesn’t matter which team completes Group E of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Anything less than a first-place finish in the quartet for the US women’s national team would be a win. huge disappointment. It doesn’t matter that the other global power, the Netherlands, is also in the group. Vietnam is seen as a surefire World Cup opponent for the Americans. The third opponent should be a walk whether it is Cameroon, Portugal or Thailand. That trio of games is all about classifying the tremors the USWNT showed in their October friendlies.
Defeat against England and Spain and lack of true midfielders gives this version of the women of the United States a clear red flag geared toward a four-year rollout, where anything less than adding a star to their badge is considered a disappointment. George W. was in the White House for the last time a Women’s World Cup final was not attended by the United States. A loss on penalties to Japan and two consecutive wins at the tournament have taken place over the past 11 years. Extending that streak to four will be an uphill battle with the USWNT as has been exposed as in recent memory. Those challenges won’t derail the United States until the knockouts, though.
This is the first WWC to have 32 teams, just as the men’s competition is currently doing. The change, up from 24 teams at the rollout, doesn’t really affect the USWNT as several third-place teams in the group stage will advance. Now it’s just two heads in each group. Current to win Group E? Avoid Sweden. A possible consolation for the Dutch or the Americans? A brutal Round of 16 matchup against ABBA’s exporters. Mamma Mia!
Saturday morning draw is definite How much resistance is USWNT? will face early in the tournament, avoiding an absolute disaster. Even with the shaking of the team’s recent performance, all that matters is how they will play in Australia and New Zealand. The 2015 squad looked shaky in the early stages of the tournament and won the World Cup. The 2019 team is never easy to beat and repeats as champions of the Earth. Next summer’s event is as widely celebrated as at the FIFA Women’s World Cup for a long time. I can see 10 teams winning in fact, a staggering number given that only four countries have ever won the tournament. Of course, both of those groups include the United States.