In episode #5 of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) conduct a thorough post-mortem on the calamitous SheBelieves Cup for the USWNT including discussing the 3-5-2 (1:40).
There’s talk about the Allie Long at center-back experiment (12:52) and personnel if the team does stay with the 3-5-2 (17:20).
The USWNT’s attacking misfires don’t escape criticism either, as Chris and Jon argue about Alex Morgan and whether she’s an automatic starter right now (26:43). They also discuss whether Carli Lloyd is the right player to fill the “#10” role in a 3-4-1-2. (34:45)
They also pick a USWNT SheBelieves Cup MVP. This was not easy (44:01).
There are also a few words about France and their SheBelieves Cup tournament triumph and whether this is a turning point for the program (48:16)
Closing out, Chris & Jon discuss a potential Marta to Orlando deal (54:27), while Chris suddenly remembers that Jeff Plush resigned as NWSL commissioner a few weeks ago (1:01:47). And Jon has a new job for the coming college season with Cal (1:04:20).