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Nov. 25, 2017 — Potential, unrealized

We haven’t spoken much on this blog on the United States women’s national team’s campaign at the FIH World League final, which finished this morning with a 6-4 win over China in the seventh-place match.

It was a match that the United States were consigned to, rather than placed by virtue of a single game result. The Americans were one of four losing quarterfinalists in this competition (China, Argentina, and Germany were the others), and were the third-ranked when it came to pool play, so while Argentina and Germany played for fifth, the Americans faced China for seventh, rather than playing a consolation semifinal for a chance to play for fifth.

The States were put in this situation during a wild quarterfinal round which saw defending World League winner Argentina lose to the host New Zealand, and saw the States being unluckily drawn against an England team which had a number of players from last year’s Olympic gold medalists from Team GB.

It’s good to know that the States have earned some Top 8 points from the World League, given the fact that hockey nations like Australia, Spain, Japan, and South Africa did not even qualify for the World League final.

But the Americans’ performance in the tournament was one where you were waiting for someone to light the match to get the team going on offense. That didn’t really happen until the consigned seventh-place game.

Still the United States is moving forward into the 2018 World Cup with a very young team, especially on defense. And it will be interesting to see how the team bonds together before London in July.

 

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