the distribution


This is one of the things I miss most about watching her play. And one of the most important yet underrated aspects of her game - her ability to command. Often times you could hear Hope shouting commands as soon as the opponent crossed the halfway line. Always ready, always focused. And I always found being able to hear her voice on the pitch from on-field mics so fascinating. Part of her psyche, the methods behind her technique; much like her notes on PK takers. Her ability to communicate effectively, command her line (and thus earn the trust of her defenders), and organize her players into positions that result in fewer opportunities in front of goal has lead to fewer saves and more shutouts throughout her career. The opposite of what most people think of when they think of this position, but an excellent goalkeeper is the one who doesn’t have to face the ball for the better part of 90 minutes.

i wanna be sarcastic abt this but i feel like that might be taken wrong so im just gonna say: its okay to ask for help. we live in a shitty world that tells us ‘you’re worthless if you can’t be self-sufficient’ and then makes it impossible to survive independently. it’s not shameful or greedy to ask for financial help and it’s okay to be unable to help someone bc you’re struggling yourself. it’s not cool to try and guilt trip people who are asking, though, no matter what ur own situation is, so like. stop doing that, y’all.