Crystal Dunn needs some major props ... she shut down some lethal players during the knockout rounds. And I think she is normally a forward! (Although O'Hara used to be a forward, too, pretty sure. A common switcheroo.)
I don’t think Holland was that far away. The (ridicously incorrect inmo) PK changed the game. Completely. Previosly the USA had lots of trouble with the physically strong yet technical Dutchesses and that PK forced NL to change their tactics. Tony was very happy (ass US coach who used to coach my home team Hammarby). But referees are part of the equation.