I’m not doing a recap of the Spirit-Red Stars game for the following reasons:
1. I had family things this weekend.
2. Though the Red Stars have just posted the archived video, I’d really like to keep an eye on the Euros right now.
3. The facts of the game are well-established. Three starting defenders were injured. Tiffany McCarty was forced into service at the back. Ashlyn Harris made a terrific series of saves, just as she did in the early part of the season before the defense improved. Then, because soccer karma still hates McCarty for some odd reason, an own goal went in off her head.
4. It’s clearly more important for me to get the deeper story at this point than it is for me to analyze this particular game in excruciating detail.
That said, I don’t want to oversell the book with promises of behind-the-scenes explosions. This isn’t magicJack. It’s an injured, inexperienced team that has nowhere to go but up. We just don’t know when “up” will happen, and it may be in the trainers’ hands as much as the coaches’ at this point.
That said, sure, you’ll learn more in the book about this streak than you will now. I’d better get back to work.