US U20’s fall to Nigeria in the quarter-finals due to lack of Portland players.

Well now.  We now have the worst finish for a women’s team at this level. Is anyone particularly surprised? While my co-writer will have lengthier, thoughtful and genuinely accurate things to say about this result, here’s my little theory:

As time goes on, the number of Portland Pilots on a U-20 WWC squad is directly proportional to the final result that team will achieve. The greater the Pilots, the better the result.

2002 had one, Angie (Woznuk) Kerr. That team won. At the time, one was adequate.

2004 had three (eventually four), Angie (Woznuk) Kerr, Stephanie (Lopez) Cox, Megan Rapinoe and Kelsey Davis. That team finished third, only falling to a fantastic German team that eventually won the World Cup and beating a Brazil that had a young Marta, who would eventually win player of the tournament.

2006, two: Stephanie (Lopez) Cox, Kelsey Davis. Two should have been enough, right? Lopez was captain, but team was plagued by inconsistencies starting from before qualifying. That team placed 4th, which was the worst finish at the time.

In 2008, they had three, all field players: Keelin Winters, Michelle Enyeart, Elli Reed. That team won the U-20 Women’s World Cup, Winters was Captain.

This roster? Had only one, Kendall Johnson. There is only so much one Pilot can do now that this tournament is 8 years old.

How do you feel about my well-reasoned, scientifically-sound hypothesis?

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2 Responses to US U20’s fall to Nigeria in the quarter-finals due to lack of Portland players.

  1. vRm says:

    Wait, shouldn’t we take into consideration Davis’ Bruin status? That could have affected the 2006 team as well.

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