U.S. women’s team working toward ‘shift in mentality’ for 2024

San Diego, California, USA; United States manager Twila Kilgore looks on before the game against the Colombia at Snapdragon Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

U.S. women’s team is working toward ‘shift in mentality’ for 2024. On Monday, the interim head coach of the United States women’s national team, Twila Kilgore, stated that the squad will be closing off their 2023 program this week in Frisco, Texas. The team hopes to take another step toward forging a new identity and adopting better strategies.

Kilgore had a clear message for her team as they prepared to turn the page on a year that included a poor World Cup and the retirement of mainstays Megan Rapinoe and Julie Ertz. Before Tuesday’s friendly match against China, she spoke to the media and had a message for her team.

Kilgore stated that it is not just demonstrating who we are but also who we are becoming. “This place has some pretty incredible things to offer. The history of our people is compelling.

“We don’t want to lose any of it because this program means a great deal to a significant number of people and has indeed been an example to the globe in some respects about what women’s football can be.

“And yet we are layering in new ideas, we are layering in new tactics, we are layering in just a little bit of a shift in mentality, and I think it’s both.”

When Vlatko Andonovski resigned as head coach of the national team in August, Kilgore took over on an interim basis. This came after the national team had the poorest performance in Women’s World Cup history, which resulted in their elimination in round 16.

Emma Hayes, who has been the manager of Chelsea for a long time, has been promoted to head coach, but she will not begin her new position until the conclusion of the season for her present club, which is in May.

Kilgore, who will continue to serve as an assistant coach on Hayes’ staff, stated that adding new players to the roster makes it necessary for players to acquire a quicker understanding of the team’s identity within the group. However, he stressed that the ultimate objective would not change.

“We have to acclimate them quicker and do so maybe not just amongst a group of veterans but do so with a group that is new which is a little bit different,” according to Kilgore.

“However, I believe it is the same thing it has always been. We want to be on the offensive and defensive fronts; we want to be dominating wherever we can be; we want to improve our possession; and we want to demonstrate that we can win regardless of the conditions.

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