*** Important. Due to the wide range of times these games are shown at and unfortunate collisions with local professional teams you MUST check to ensure the bar is open and the game is on.
Victoria - Yates Taphouse
Vancouver - Library Square
Calgary - Home & Away
Edmonton - Urban Tavern
Saskatoon - Finn's Pub
Regina - The Lobby
Winnipeg - Nicolina's
Toronto - Duke of Gloucester.
Ottawa - Senate Tavern on Bank
Hamilton - End Zone Pub
Montreal - Frappe
Halifax - Niche Lounge
Waterloo - RIM Park
Kitchener - Budd Park
I really don't have a good feel for what will happen tomorrow. I'm going to say 1-1 and we will see some squad rotation on both teams because this match really doesn't matter much. And this is why:
Probable path to final:
1st: Japan / (China/Italy) / Germany.
2nd: Sweden / Germany / (Netherlands/Japan).
Although I agree with you that Japan are likely to be a bit tougher than Sweden, I think I prefer the 1st place path because I think Sweden will be slightly tougher than (China/Italy). And Germany in the semis rather than quarters is better. But overall, not a huge difference.
You'd need another 4 Centerbacks playing out of position for it to come close to Floro-ball.
If the Mexican player is red-carded for the flagrant foul on Cavallini as last man back (he wasn't even given an yellow, ridiculously IMO), or if Davies puts away that chance to tie it up at 1-1 and then we bring on most of the big boys (minus Hoilett who didn't even play) would the same people come out and say that Herdman was a genius? I wouldn't but then I'm not saying that he was to blame for the loss either. Any time we play a team that over-matches us, we're going to have to take some kind of risk. As much as I might have liked the line-up we ended with to start, I can see what why Herdman did what he did and we weren't that far off, given most of the goals came from individual (rather than tactical) errors. Quite frankly I was impressed that Mr. Tedtalk Kumba-ya-my-lord Brotherhood coach was willing to stand up to a much higher and bigger profile (and I mean that in more ways than one) like that when they had their little spat and I bet the bench appreciated as well.
Mind you, I also liked the Osorio "**** off" to the camera man who was trying to get in on the inner circle there. I would have liked to have seen one given to the officiating crew who seemed to call everything that was 50/50 Mexico's way, including even putting a nice pic on MAK when we were having a dangerous attack.
I think it's all about having the guts to play through them. We must learn to trust in our ability to pass through it. I think the boys would have realized they can do just that after our second half flurry.
ZBG was challenged in this match and it was good to see what his true level is. He's handled everything thrown at him for Montreal and Canada so far, but Mexico are just another class entirely and it forced him into errors.
Still though, considering he's only at 20 years of age, he has his whole career in front of him, as does Davies and David as well. Each of them made mistakes at times, but each showed moments of quality against this Mexican side, which is absolutely top quality. Even ZBG settled into the game later in the second half, once the subs came on and there was a formation change. I think he looked more comfortable as a fullback than a wing back. Just one of many things Herdman learned tonight, I'm sure.
Cavallini is an absolute beast not only physically, but mentally. There were times tonight where he beat his opponent using shear desire and a willingness not to give up.
Perhaps it may go unnoticed, but Cornelius quietly had a very good game. A few of his passes were intercepted, but his composure to play out of the back on numerous occasions really helped the team. I was impressed to see him do well with this level of play and it will do his confidence a world of good when he goes back to Vancouver.
Credit to Canada in the final 30 minutes. Looked much better and very positive. This is not even a regular group of Mexican players but they understand the system so well that anyone can slide in and fit in. And we showed that we are not yet there. We also lack defense clearly. Personally I think we had players out of position and the lineup formation was wrong. I also think we rested too many starters. If anything rest Arfield, Osorio, David, Hoilett, Atiba etc. against Cuba and have them ready to go in the quarter finals.