VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Becky Sauerbrunn finds herself in a classic Catch-22.
The consistent play of the U.S. center back during the Women's World Cup deserves to be noticed. The Americans are in Sunday's final against Japan, have given up only one goal in the entire tournament, and Sauerbrunn has been nearly mistake-free.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- In the most literal sense, Carli Lloyd scored the goal that got the United States to Sunday's World Cup final against Japan. Her penalty kick wasn't the only goal the team scored in a semifinal against Germany, but it was the only one it needed.
BUENOS AIRES -- The Copa America 2015 final will be contested by two teams that clearly stand out above the rest: Chile, the hosts and the tournament's top scorers, and Argentina, who have created the most goal-scoring opportunities.
This is no coincidence, and it's good for soccer that both teams have an attacking style of play. Each side has its own script -- one more frenetic and direct and the other slower and more intricate -- but both are completely focused on the opposition goal.
Three quick thoughts on the U.S.' 4-0 win over Guatemala in their final Gold Cup tuneup Friday in Nashville.
1. U.S. get lopsided win with room to improve
Anyone who expected the U.S. to come out looking like the team that beat the Netherlands and Germany in road friendlies the past month was bound to be disappointed by the Americans' suspect sharpness in the first half.
The early hiccups weren't unexpected; the five European-based players in coach Jurgen Klinsmann's lineup were coming off their...
In the end, the win was a comfortable one for the Americans in Nashville, Tennessee. The 4-0 victory over Guatemala looks good on paper, but wasn't nearly as easy as the score line might indicate. A few strong performances stand out from a mostly average game across the rest of the field.
Jurgen Klinsmann used all six of his substitutions, giving him plenty to evaluate ahead of Tuesday's Gold Cup opener against Honduras in Frisco, Texas.