Hold up. Have a couple quotes from the post-2008 U-20 WWC report from the head coach, regarding the 2008 CONCACAF qualifiers:
"Two of the players I was not sure about were two stars on the team and veterans of the previous U20 event in Russia. However, one player could not play up to her potential and the other player consistently undermined the team culture I was trying to establish and felt was essential for us to win Gold in Chile."
"Two players were set free. Both were veterans from Russia. One was the co-leading scorer from Qualification, but a serious issue with team chemistry. The other was among the most talented players on the team, but consistently played below her level with little positive impact on the game."
Not sure who he’s talking about? Check page 4. The only two holdovers from the squad that went to Russia were Kelley O’Hara and Casey Nogueira.
Kelley O’Hara’s rise to the top of the sport is actually a hell of a lot more interesting than this post describes.
Not to mention she won the MAC Hermann award for being the top collegiate soccer player her senior year, beating out Lauren Cheney and Tobin Heath playing as a forward.
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