Well, I mean I get Lloyd being the captain. They always give it to one of the senior players. I assumed she would be the permanent captain throughout the WWC, was surprised when Abby wore it for a few times. I kinda stopped caring who the captain was, because I totally wanted Hope Solo to be the captain
but then lololol she had one little fight and we all got scared.… :| But yeah that’s never ever gonna happen, & understandably so.
But As for Cheney, I do still think she can be that leader, that captain, but I also don’t see Lloyd leaving the NT anytime soon. She’s at the very least gonna stay on for the Olympics. But sigh… lemme complain about Cheney right quick.
Cheney has had the rotten luck of being good enough to switch midfield positions, otherwise I wouldn’t have to die inside slowly watching her played out of position as a defensive midfielder. Before Sermanni, Cheney switched to def mid for Pia as well. For a short time, like literally maybe 2 games, Cheney and Lloyd were both the defensive mids in a 4-2-3-1. But Lloyd, and this isn’t a diss, isn’t good enough to play anywhere in the midfield. Hell, this World Cup Carli has almost been a waste at mid & against Germany Ellis said screw it, just play up top with Morgan & it resulted in her best game. But with Carli clearly being only good as a CAM, has cost Cheney that spot bc she now has to be the one to play defensive midfielder (because an actual def mid just is never gonna happen under Ellis) and part of me would like to just see Cheney benched outright for a proper defensive mid than see her utterly wasted like this. It’s like watching Cristiano Ronaldo played as a centerback and you’re like…. but you’re Cristiano Ronaldo, why are you back there???? But here’s the thing, so many ppl haven’t seen Cheney as CAM in so long that it’s like “Yeah? And?” Unless you’re a Cheney fangirl like me, you just don’t care. And if you’re a newbie who’s getting into the team in this World Cup like I was in 2011, then you don’t even know Cheney as anything but def mid and would never pathom not playing Carli Lloyd there instead, the one who the media has been selling as not just like our best player, but as the best midfielder in the world. Even Lloyd die hards know that is just not true. I hope. :|
But I can’t help but always think of Cheney playing under Tom Sermanni, and coming out and saying she was falling out of love with soccer while playing under Pia for the last year where she was constantly moved around. And okay I can feel this post getting to long so I’m gonna jump to the point I wanna make for my girl Cheney: Cheney is the most creative player this team has. By a mile. Maybe the most creative player America as a country, men or women, has. Period. Had she never been moved around by Pia, and had someone like Sermanni coaching her for her entire NT career, Cheney would 100% be not just the best player for the uswnt, but the best player in the world.
There. I said it.
With all that said, hope she gets that third star on her kit real soon.