The U.S. Men's National Team may disappoint with early eliminations in the World Cup, but the women never do. USWNT won the last World Cup in dominating fashion, and there's not a team in the world that can stop them from going back to back.
Expect to see the likes of Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd in the front line for the United States. Morgan is coming off of one of the best years of her career, as she averaged a goal per game and reached the 100-goal milestone earlier this month. Heath—recently nicknamed “Tobinho” as an homage to soccer legend Ronaldinho—is one of the best with the ball at her feet. Rapinoe is a consistent, reliable player on both sides of the pitch game after game for the United States, and I have no doubt that she will continue to be a threat to her opponents throughout the World Cup. And Lloyd, who scored the only and fastest hat trick in WWC final history, will likely return as a goal-scoring machine for the Americans.
The U.S.A. is a powerhouse at the Women's World Cup, but there are plenty of teams with the talent to down them. Sweden, ranked No. 9 in the world, is a threat to ruin the American's draw in the knockout round. In a recent friendly game, Australia showed there are holes in the USWNT's defense that can be exploited. And teams like Germany, England and France aren't intimidated by the U.S.'s pedigree.
Many think the USWNT will run through this tournament, but there are plenty of squads ready to take them down.