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May 13, 2019 — About that homestand …

It was supposed to have been the stretch of matches, six out of the last nine, which would have the U.S. women’s field hockey team accelerating up the table of the inaugural FIH Pro League.

Instead, consecutive 4-0 defeats to Australia and Argentina have had the Yanks spinning their wheels.

With four points, the United States is the only one of the nine Pro League teams without a regulation win. Its four points come from one shootout win and two shootout losses.

Yet, after all this, the U.S. is not yet mathematically eliminated from one of the top four Pro League slots to contest this summer’s grand final.

The States could win its next four games in regulation and get to 16 points, which would make Belgium and Germany have to get two wins in the balance of their games in order to clinch a Top 4 berth; as of now, the U.S. cannot catch Holland, Argentina, and Australia.

That scenario, however, seems unrealistic unless there is a collapse of biblical proportions.