"I'm sure it was difficult for Sam [Mewis] and Julie [Ertz] for me to come in, having not played together in years. They don't know my tendencies anymore, I don't know theirs," says Kristie Mewis. "But I think we did a decent job in the midfield. We got a clean sheet." #USWNT
"One example: Kelly O'Hara comes out in the 75th minute," Vlatko illustrates: "She was the voice that helped us stay in the game mentally," engaged on the sideline. Vlatko reiterates that "there are so many leaders with different qualities that contribute to this team." #USWNT
Vlakto and @itsmeglinehan remember 2013: "2013 was the year that I drafted Kristie Mewis. Very happy to see her going through some adversity and coming back to this team. The fact that she did as good as she did makes me very happy and proud of her." #USWNTThanksgiving #DashTFOn
"We haven't discussed who was going to be captain," says #USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski. "As important as it seems, for me it's not that important because we have so many leaders on this team." 1/2
Vlako disputes that the #USWNT dominated: "I wouldn't say dominant by any means...We allowed them at time to be more dominant, which we were fine with." He adds "I thought our high press, when we did it, was very effective."
#USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski "One thing that didn't change in 2020 and will never change with this team is their heart and their mind." Abnormal year and run-up to the game. "I'm proud of all of them."
Vlatko says he is pleased with the performance but "We still have to do a little better defending in the middle block." @thrace has Vlatko expand: "We were able initially to match their midfield, but when they dropped a false nine it threw us off." Ertz missed #NWSLfallseries
Kristie Mewis I couldn't wipe the smile off my face" when she came on the field. "It was great. I'm so proud and so happy I was able to get another cap with this team." #USWNTThanksgiving #RoadtoTokyo #HoustonDash