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Lynn Williams: USWNT ‘couldn’t get on same page’ at 2023 World Cup

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Lynn Williams thinks the U.S. women’s national team was not on the same page at the 2023 World Cup.

Speaking on ESPN’s “Fútbol Americas,” the 30-year-old forward noted that while there is not one specific reason for the historically disappointing Round of 16 exit, she does feel like the team failed to gel until too late.

“I think that you can’t put your finger on exactly what happened. There’s a million different perspectives, there’s a million different little, tiny things,” she said. “I think that we just couldn’t all for some reason get on the same page until the Sweden game, it seemed like.”

Williams also thinks that the team was “so tight” due to the immense pressure of entering the tournament as back-to-back World Cup champions and going for a historic three-peat. And though there are some issues that the team “needs to keep internally,” she is proud of how the team stuck together.

“Feeling like there was so much pressure on our shoulders, especially the younger players as well and the people like myself who this was their first World Cup,” she said. “I don’t think we were playing our free selves. And that’s for whatever reason.

“It just didn’t translate until the Sweden game. I think that was a good game to build off of but, unfortunately, in tournaments you can’t wait that long to get going.”