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Player’s perspective: Key factors behind the USWNT’s draw with the Netherlands at the World Cup

A current U.S. pro shares her thoughts on the United States’ latest World Cup match.

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During this summer’s World Cup, Backheeled is joined by guest writer Brianna Pinto. Pinto is a current U.S. U-23 youth international and plays as a midfielder for the North Carolina Courage in the NWSL. Throughout the tournament, Pinto will offer her thoughts on key moments and trends for the U.S. women’s national team.

Surrounded by a group of rabid women’s soccer fans decorated in red, white, and blue, I was enthralled by the intent gazes of those gathered for a North Carolina Courage x USA watch party at a local brewery. The noise reached a fever pitch as the United States kicked off their World Cup group stage match against the Netherlands.

For more than a moment, it felt like we were finally in the golden age of women’s soccer – and there’s no doubt that the U.S. have the world watching their pursuit of a third consecutive World Cup title.

Though the game ended in a 1-1 draw, we learned more than a few things about the USWNT from their latest match. Let’s dive into some of the key factors behind the result, with a special focus on their mentality, tactics, and Angry Lindsey Horan Set Pieces.

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