Jump to content
  • Maple Leaf Forever! - Canadian 2019 Women’s World Cup Preview Part 1: The Rest of the Group

    The Women’s World Cup happens every four years, and soccer teams change a lot in that time. Comparing one World Cup team to the previous World Cup team is just the sort of lazy, valueless sportswriting that is typical of women’s soccer but informs nobody about anything.

    So comparing Canada’s group in 2015 to that in 2019 is obviously insane, but in fairness, the soccer gods really really want me to.

    In 2015 Canada, who were not really one of the best six teams in world women’s soccer, were seeded A1 for the World Cup draw because we were the host country. As a result we got a softball group of us, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and China; no minnows but three teams we should beat most of the time. We won one, drew two, didn’t concede, won the thing; not fun, but effective. In the round of 16 we beat Switzerland in a really good game, then lost in the quarter-final when our depleted defensive depth finally caught up to us and the odd break didn’t go our way.

    In 2019 Canada might be one of the best six teams in world women’s soccer and the FIFA gods smiled upon us, placing us in Pot 1 for the draw on merit1. As a result Canada was placed in a group with New Zealand, the Netherlands, and, um, Cameroon.

    Read more on Maple Leaf Forever!


    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now

  • Image from iOS.jpg

  • Posts

    • I didn't see the game but watching the highlights he did appear to be playing as the left side CB. He also played as a CB last week for about 50 min after one of the starters came off due to an injury. I  can't recall if he played as a CB in the Gold Cup. He played there very early in his CMNT career. I think that was largely due to the fact that he was a CB at the U20 world cup where he was selected to the tournament's best XI. As far as I can tell any decline in his performance has been in the current calendar year. There were a few Besiktas games last fall where he was in absolute beast mode performing as well as I've ever seen him play. His role changed a bit in the second half of the season with Souza playing in front of the back four and Atiba moving further up the pitch. He seemed somewhat less effective after that point. I'm not sure if that was due to playing a different role or if it was just the grind of the season as he was the team leader in minutes played until the final month when he missed a couple of games.
    • And the Guatemalan side?
    • I'm not hopping on board the 'veteran experience' train yet lol. He's definitely slowing down, but I think he can still be effective in a 3 man midfield which is what we should be doing anyway.
    • Guatemala beat El Salvador 2-0 in a friendly match in Washington D.C. It was an El Salvador B- or even C side. 4 experienced guys, 3 guys with only two caps, 5 guys with only one cap, 8 guys with zero caps.
    • I still think this tournament struggles with authenticity even with the added CCL spots. I just don't understand the MLS Liga MX merger talks at all. The optimal number of teams in a 1st division soccer league is 18-20 teams. How will you manage a league with 47+ teams?
    • He isn't a 90 minute player for us any more. That is how they presented the lineup but I didn't watch the match. Was he actually playing at CB? For the #CanMNT I don't see him playing at CB, I don't rate him there. Herdman tried that at the 2019 Gold Cup, right? Maybe only if someone gets injured mid-game or if there is a red card.
    • That is expected with age, still brings a lot as a season vet to the squad and can still contribute on the field. He has a role with this team and John has to use him right. 
    • It looks like Dallas will be starting their 3rd string keeper.  
    • I think the Leagues Cup changes are a pretty obvious trial run/next step for a merged league. In 2019 it started with 4 MLS teams and 4 Liga MX teams. In 2020 it was supposed to be 8 teams from each league (but it wasn't played at all because COVID), but this year they went back to 4 and 4. So they started with 4+4 teams. Then decided that worked well enough and would go to 8+8. Now they are going all in with every team from both leagues, and stopping their own leagues for a MONTH. This is a pilot episode here. If it works financially, they probably do something to the format to get more games in. This absolutely could grow to the point where it just swallows up everything and all of a sudden you have your super league. Someone mentioned they thought the CPL would have a chance to one day enter the Leagues Cup if their level of play rises enough. I don't think it has a chance of happening. Playing against Calgary or Ottawa doesn't do anything for American TV ratings, but the Mexican teams can drive ratings, and ticket sales. I also agree with Ozzie, and I'll assume the CCL will start at a similar time of year as it does now, until it's proven otherwise. Hopefully it's later because it's true that would make things difficult for CPL. I think they will have guys on their roster at that time, but my concern is them having a training camp before it starts and being able to play home games in CCL. As for the 2 spots for CPL and the format for CCL, I have mixed feelings. I wish there was a group, and I will miss the CONCACAF League as well. The top bunch of seeds will likely be MLS and Liga MX teams, so a high chance of the CPL teams drawing them. So yeah, there is a good chance of selling a lot of tickets, but also a good chance of it being a one and done more often than not. CONCACAF League is a lower level, and played at a better time.
  • Create New...