Megan Rapinoe Jul 30, 2023; Auckland, NZL; United States forward Megan Rapinoe (15) answers questions from journalists during a U.S. soccer press conference amid the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Mandatory Credit: Jenna Watson-USA TODAY Sports

The United States Women’s National Team has not looked like its usual dominant self during the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, particularly on the offensive end as the team has failed to put up the number of goals that are typically seen from the star-powered lineup. And it sounds like there’s a very good reason for that.

As soccer analyst Doug McIntyre of Fox Sports points out, the United States can blame some of their struggles to find the back of the net on injuries to a couple of the top goal-scorers on the entire planet.

“While nobody feels sorry for the deepest team in the competition, losing all-planet attackers Catarina Macario and Mallory Swanson to serious knee issues has played a major role in the Americans’ struggles to score Down Under. [Becky] Sauerbrunn is a huge loss on the field and in the locker room,” McIntyre wrote this week.

Obviously, the United States is still loaded with talent and should still be able to score plenty of goals even despite the injuries to the top stars.

It will be interesting to see if the team can ever get the offense to come alive in the upcoming pivotal match against Sweden this week.

[Fox Sports]