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The defense is definitely a problem area for the US. And it won't get much better considering that Christie Rampone is 36 and likely won't be around for the Olympics next summer.
But she was still a stalwart for the US back line in this tournament.
Rampone, the captain and last remaining member from the victorious 1999 squad, kept track of Marta and never let her get away. She kept France's young speedsters in check, and in the final against Japan, she cleared balls off the goal line and kept the forwards in front of her.
Rampone is a gem, and she'll be sorely missed.
Ali Krieger was dependable at left-back for most of the tournament, but she withered in the final. Her defense was only a problem in Aya Miyama's first equalizing goal, but she rarely got forward to much consequence.
It was Krieger's penalty that sealed the quarterfinal victory over Brazil, and at 26, she should be back next summer with some experience under her belt to settle her nerves.
Amy LePeilbet on the right doesn't have speed. Sweden burned her for it, and she often depended on Rampone to bail her out.
Rachel Buehler had a mixed tournament. She was contentiously sent off against Brazil, but she hadn't exactly put herself in a great position in the first place.
She was also largely at fault for Miyama's goal, and she let Homare Sawa get in front of her for Japan's second late equalizer.
Overall, the defense needs some work because aside from Rampone, none of these players inspire much confidence.
Becky Sauerbrunn was a great replacement for Buehler against France, and she may not be on the bench for long.