Zach Ertz Says Team USA World Cup Controversy is Dumb

Zach Brunner
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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has a special connection to Team USA women's soccer, with his wife Julie Ertz playing on the team. In Team USA's first matchup, they defeated Thailand in dominating fashion, winning 13-0. This has sparked a controversy about running up the score, which the tight end says is dumb.

Ertz is absolutely right, noting that the first tiebreaker for the group stage in the World Cup is goal differential, which Team USA should certainly now win, if they need to. Coasting to an early victory only to lose on a goal differential tiebreaker later on would be devastating for any team, so keeping their foot on the pedal was the right move.

Ertz's second point of building team chemistry though success is also valid, as there often isn't much that separates these nations in terms of talent late in the tournament. It often comes down to how well players feed off each other, and if a team is having as much success as breaking records, it is probably a very happy locker for Team USA right now.

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