During the Tournament of Nations last year, veteran players of the USWNT voiced deep concerns about the team's direction under Jill Ellis and said they wanted a new coach if those concerns weren't addressed.
The U.S. women’s national team begins its three-game Tournament of Nations on Thursday night against Japan. Here are three questions for head coach Jill Ellis as her squad heads into a set of important matches, ultimately preparing them for World Cup qualifiers in October.
The World Cup final featured refereeing and VAR controversy and tremendous goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, and it's France heading home with a second World Cup trophy after a final win over Croatia that capped a remarkable tournament.
The flurry of World Cup goals coming off corners and free kicks suggests that teams are at last grasping the opportunity presented on set pieces. But it also raises a question: Where has the widespread dedication to maximizing dead-ball plays been?