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2018 FIFA U17 Women's World Cup Uruguay ( Nov13-Dec 1 )


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So we are through. We really did deserve it, on possession, poise. We won the ball back bravely and were tougher. We had to absorb a lot of corner kicks, but we defended very well, we have a very strong set of CBs, and even the subs on late were to shore up the backline, and did great. So for me, a deserved win and onto semis.

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Well deserved win, not sure if I liked how they closed it out but they did the job.  Rhian was always my favourite player, she is quickly becoming my favourite coach.  Unlike some, she always seemed to up her game, the higher the stakes, I hope that trend continues.

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 Great game by the girls.  

Not perfect - a bunch of wasted passes right to the Germans, and some panicked plays where we just punt the ball and give away possession when trying to kill the clock.  But overall we played well, were well organized in defence, and had the skill to finish the best chance we had all game (in what was a really nice play).

Kudos ladies.

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Just now, Joe MacCarthy said:

Well deserved win, not sure if I liked how they closed it out but they did the job.  Rhian was always my favourite player, she is quickly becoming my favourite coach.

Something rare at a youth level for Canada, a coach with clear ideas, and the players to execute them. I thought that team was very well coached on a lot of levels, a lot of details were very patent. And no player looked really out of place or had serious problems to do the job tasked her. I too would give very high marks to Wilkinson. 

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Kazandjian and Wilkinson giving back to Montreal’s West Island

https://www.fifa.com/u17womensworldcup/news/kazandjian-and-wilkinson-giving-back-to-montreal

Throughout the game you could hear her shouting, "keep it moving". And here is the related quote in this article:

"Kazandjian is a highly-technical, artful attacking midfielder who plays with confidence and has an eye for a pass. 'She plays in a two-touch, three-touch rhythm that I really appreciate; I like the ball moving,' Wilkinson said."

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I know it is dwelling on the past, but watching this game, and the tourney so far, has really reinforced my belief that we should have had at least some of our senior-level players on our guys U20 team.  The experience of competing in a tournament like this is not only great experience to build for the future - it is also just a great experience in its own right.  

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Now we have a great chance of earning a medal. This team should beat New Zealand in the 3rd place match even if we lose to Mexico.

These were our stats for our last game against U17 Mexico back on June 10th:

http://www.concacaf.com/en/under-17s-women/game-detail/431358#tab_match=match-details

I am sure the girls will be hungry for revenge.

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I have to admit, I was just hoping we wouldn't get embarrassed in the game.  I really wasn't expecting a win.  Seeing us play with the Germans and score the only goal was way beyond my expectations.  The only annoying part was listening to the commentators whine over and over about the lack of scoring and spurning of chances.  I didn't disagree with them, but they didn't have to sound like a broken record over it.

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2 minutes ago, dyslexic nam said:

I am assuming there is no chance of this game being televised.  The streams on TSN Go are high quality, but it would be nice to see it aired on one of the channels. 

They've televised all of the group games; both semis are scheduled to be shown on TSN3 and TSN 5, and the third place game and final on TSN 3. 

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2 minutes ago, carolynduthie said:

They've televised all of the group games; both semis are scheduled to be shown on TSN3 and TSN 5, and the third place game and final on TSN 3. 

 

Really?  Very cool.  Due to scheduling, I only got to watch the last game, and it was only streamed.  Sweet.  Thanks

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15 hours ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

Something rare at a youth level for Canada, a coach with clear ideas, and the players to execute them. I thought that team was very well coached on a lot of levels, a lot of details were very patent. And no player looked really out of place or had serious problems to do the job tasked her. I too would give very high marks to Wilkinson. 

I think a little of the credit here has to go to Herdman.  I believe Rhian was doing some asst coaching while she was still active as a player under Herdman where she would have picked up the mantra no detail too small or overlooked.

I didn't see the Spain game, so I can't comment (although we rested some players) but I do know against Germany we were their better or equal in every aspect of the game.  That was no fluke win., that play by Shaw on the winning goal was fantastic and frankly I thought we were blowing by them most of the night.

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3 hours ago, dyslexic nam said:

I am assuming there is no chance of this game being televised.  The streams on TSN Go are high quality, but it would be nice to see it aired on one of the channels. 

TSN Go streams are not free.  One needs to have an account with Bell Tv.  Or am I missing something?

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9 minutes ago, The Ref said:

TSN Go streams are not free.  One needs to have an account with Bell Tv.  Or am I missing something?

I don't think your provider matters, but you need to have a subscription to the TSN channel(s?). If you have access to the channel, the streaming is free (or rather, no extra charge).

There is also a new thing as of this past summer called "TSN Direct" I believe where you don't need a cable subscription at all and you can stream everything from TSN. I think that's like a $20 per month charge or something.

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I wasn't convinced that it was a good idea to play the B team against Spain and rest most of the starters for the quarterfinal, but maybe that was the correct decision.  Germany must have played hard against the US the game before, and perhaps they were still feeling the affects of that.

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7 minutes ago, rkomar said:

I wasn't convinced that it was a good idea to play the B team against Spain and rest most of the starters for the quarterfinal, but maybe that was the correct decision.  Germany must have played hard against the US the game before, and perhaps they were still feeling the affects of that.

 

Honestly, I don't see how anyone can second guess that decision at this point.  We looked lively and energetic for most of the game - and that is likely at least in part because of the rest. 

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18 hours ago, dyslexic nam said:

I know it is dwelling on the past, but watching this game, and the tourney so far, has really reinforced my belief that we should have had at least some of our senior-level players on our guys U20 team.  The experience of competing in a tournament like this is not only great experience to build for the future - it is also just a great experience in its own right.  

Yeah, think what Jordyn will be able to bring to the senior setup with the leadership role she's assumed on this team.  Between her and Jessie Fleming the future leadership looks strong.

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Just now, paul-collins said:

Yeah, think what Jordyn will be able to bring to the senior setup with the leadership role she's assumed on this team.  Between her and Jessie Fleming the future leadership looks strong.

I appreciate folks see Huitema as the leader, but for me she is neither the best player nor the real inspiration on the pitch, at least from what I've seen so far. I like Balata better, going forward. The two centre backs are also very strong. So is Shaw. I see as much talent in the core of our mid and back line as up front.

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4 hours ago, rkomar said:

I wasn't convinced that it was a good idea to play the B team against Spain and rest most of the starters for the quarterfinal, but maybe that was the correct decision.  Germany must have played hard against the US the game before, and perhaps they were still feeling the affects of that.

Interesting observations.  Looking at the faces of the German girls before the game I got the impression they just wanted to go home.  Perhaps the environment and life in Uruguay was too much of a shock for them.

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1 hour ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

I appreciate folks see Huitema as the leader, but for me she is neither the best player nor the real inspiration on the pitch, at least from what I've seen so far. I like Balata better, going forward. The two centre backs are also very strong. So is Shaw. I see as much talent in the core of our mid and back line as up front.

I disagree about Huitema and I think over the years I've proven not to buy into hype.  But I do agree our Dbacks were very composed on the ball.  They were doing a little shift and deke all night instead of panic passing.  To tell the truth I think I have seen more composure and individual thought and skill on this team than most of the U20s I`ve seen over the years.

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