Fire Greg Ryan. Here is what I had to say after I learned that US manager Greg Ryan was changing goalkeepers ahead of the semifinal.
Ryan has coached scared the entire tournament. For the manager of the best team in the world, this is pathetic. His lack of substitutions, overly defensive midfield, and now change of goalkeeper wreak of a manager who is afraid of losing. He is coaching not to lose. When you have the talent and experience of the US women, the manager should not have this disposition. If the US win, it will be despite of Ryan.
More telling than my comments are benched goalkeeper Hope Solo’s comments:
Good for her. Beyond the hideous mistake of changing goalkeepers before the freaking semifinal, Ryan showed no faith in his team and his substitutions were beyond baffling. I think it will be a mistake if the USSF even lets this clown Ryan coach the 3rd place match. The US women deserve better. Here’s hoping we see a former player coaching in next year’s Olympics, the biggest soccer tournament in the women’s game.