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Jan. 28, 2019 — Seeking growth

Yesterday saw the first official match for the new-look U.S. women’s field hockey team as part of the lead-up to the States’ debut against Argentina in the FIH Pro League, a competition which can make or break the Americans’ chances of qualification for Tokyo 2020.

As if to belie the uncertainty surrounding the Olympic qualification cycle, the United States lost 3-2 to Chile in a game in which they fell 3-0 adrift within 20 minutes, but had a good second half to draw within one.

Without streaming, it is not possible for American fans (or Argentina’s coaches) to gauge the pace and rhythm of the contest or the degree to which the Americans carried the play in the second term.

What is known, however, is that this game is the first step in a marathon which will almost certainly lead into a two-game winner-take-all series for one of the final seven Olympic berths.

For the young U.S. side, there’s a lot of personal and team growth ahead, and how well they are coached will determine their ultimate fate.