Did the USA women’s national team abandon the old guard too quickly?

Jill Ellis’s decision to cut veterans loose is a change in the culture of a team that has historically treated new blood cautiously – and has proven costly to the World Cup holders in defense

The scene on Thursday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park has becoming increasingly familiar for the US women’s national team: they scored a bunch of goals, which was positive, except they had to score them because they had conceded so many of their own. In this case against Australia, it was three goals the Americans conceded en route to a 5-3 win, and it marked the fourth time in their last six games that the Americans had conceded multiple goals, a worrying pattern.

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