On the latest Planet Fútbol Podcast, Grant Wahl and Liviu Bird recount their experiences at the Women's World Cup final, we ponder Carli Lloyd's place in history, and Brian Straus chimes in from the road at the Gold Cup, where he's following the U.S. men's national team.
The U.S. women are World Cup champions after routing Japan in stunning fashion to claim a record third title, and there's no other way to kick off the latest Planet Fútbol Podcast than by putting a bow on the month-long tournament.
SI's Grant Wahl and Liviu Bird were at BC Place on the historic night and recount their experiences watching the 5-2 result unfold. Carli Lloyd was the star of the show with her performance for the ages, and it got us thinking, given our list of the top 10 most significant goals in U.S. Soccer history, where does her 55-yard strike from the center circle rank?
Naturally, it's easy to look forward despite the success in the moment. What changes might there be for the U.S. women down the line? (Editor's Note: This portion was recorded prior to Lauren Holiday's retirement announcement. Naturally, we would have included that in the discussion). Who might we see/not see at the Olympics next summer? Which outsiders could work their way into the picture?
We wrap up with U.S. men's national team talk, with Brian Straus joining from the road at the Gold Cup. Did the opening victory over Honduras, despite the three points, give any cause for concern? How is Klinsmann's squad shaping up on its run for a second straight Gold Cup title (and a place in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup)?
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