Some have already mentioned "karma" in the situation of Abby Wambach's broken leg.
Even in a context where it should have no bearing, it's impossible to ignore the previous controversy of team members who were angry with Hope Solo's statements at the past World Cup.
Now, do I believe that Hope Solo had a little voodoo doll of these players that she stuck pins into?
There's a simple reason why, even if Solo was hurt at their reaction (and it's pretty clear some were hurt by her speaking out) that Solo wouldn't wish them any ill.
It's because they are good players and Solo, like all competitors, wants to win.
That's why I frankly don't understand the fans who have written me saying, "This team makes me so mad for how they treated Solo! I want to see them lose."
Solo is on the team - she'd lose along with them.
Putting the past behind and moving on means forgiveness or at least, a truce on all sides.
I don't think that there's some sort of cosmic plan in place for Kristine Lilly's pregnancy, Cat Whitehill's ACL tear, Leslie Osborne's ACL injury or Wambach's broken leg. Brianna Scurry didn't make the team this year not because of what happened with Solo, but because despite Scurry's considerable skills and experience, Nicole Barnhart has improved enough and deserves the chance.
For whatever the reasons, the U.S. team now has a new coach, and a much younger roster, with quite a few players who had nothing to do with the Solo situation and want nothing more than to win for themselves and their country.
One of them, of course, is Solo herself.
Frankly, she's going to have to be better than ever in goal with the attack missing a top player like Wambach. If ever she and the team needed fan support, it's now.