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    One of the main people evaluating the US team listed the players that he thought would have the biggest impact on the Final. He had defenders and midfielders at the top (Horan, others), and Rapinoe and Morgan around 6 -- last was Rose Lavelle. I guess FIFA has a different opinion because they had her at third, not on her team, but in the whole World Cup.
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    That sure was fun to watch. The outcome never seemed in doubt.
    Rapinoe not only won the Golden Boot as leading scorer, but the Golden Ball as best player overall!
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    Rose Lavelle was a motor of the US team. I may be biased as a Badger fan, but I really think she was the MVP of the tournament.
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    Crystal Dunn was the second best player behind Rapinoe on the field for the tournament; Heath likely most talented.
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    Quote Originally Posted by booond View Post
    Crystal Dunn was the second best player behind Rapinoe on the field for the tournament; Heath likely most talented.
    Crystal Dunn had a magnificent tournament.

    For me, the biggest pleasant surprise was Alyssa Naeher. Prior to the WC, I thought she was solid, but unspectacular. Her tournament performance was nothing short of spectacular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pego View Post
    For me, the biggest pleasant surprise was Alyssa Naeher. Prior to the WC, I thought she was solid, but unspectacular. Her tournament performance was nothing short of spectacular.
    I agree, especially with her save on the penalty kick in the semifinal. But I never felt comfortable any time an opponent got near.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN1965 View Post
    Unless the Thai player are hyper-Americanized, they would appreciate that Team USA played hard.

    I stopped watching at the half, and thought "maybe we should go back to 16 teams for a while." And then I learned that Thailand was the 4th of 5 qualifiers from Asia-Pacific. (South Korea is the 5th.)
    And now there is talk of going from 24 to 32 teams in the World Cup. Of course the men's version is going to 48 soon, but the worldwide depth is way better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powell View Post
    And now there is talk of going from 24 to 32 teams in the World Cup. Of course the men's version is going to 48 soon, but the worldwide depth is way better.
    It's no comparison on the Men's side....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conor Dary View Post
    It's no comparison on the Men's side....
    On the men's side, the very top national teams would probably have to be playing a team outside the top 150 before a 13-0 score becomes more likely than a 100-1 shot.
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    Also every country in the world in the men's has a decent chance not making the World Cup.....and picking the winner is nearly impossible.....

    I was almost certain the U.S. women would win.....the whole tournament seemed anticlimactic....
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