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    Long time supporter of the Women's national team. I wrote a few articles for Canada Soccer Magazine and organized the shirt signing thing for the 1999 Womens World Cup team. Now I'm teaching my own daughter about soccer.

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  1. Just watching the replay on Onesoccer youtube and after 10 minutes I can't believe how badly the Canadians have been dominated by France, and the embarrassing nature of it. A French player just outside the box on the Canadian left fakes a shot, the Canadian defender, Allysha Chapman , goes full turtle, and the French player gets a free cross. The Canadian passing looks like no one is talking, every pass is a surprise, and they have no plan on how to get the ball forward. The number of back passes and passed up attacking opportunities showed a complete lack of creativity or a tactical plan. Huitema is slow! Why isn't Canada taking advantage of Beckie's new-found position? It seems a complete mess, honestly, and after watching the U20s I don't see any help on the way.
  2. We'll have to disagree because I have been thoroughly unimpressed with the skill the USWNT displays. I watched enough Portland Thorns to realize Tobin Heath is a one trick pony. I really don't appreciate whatever skill they display, from my point of view they're just the physical specimens you find when that many players are in your talent pool. I firmly believe that once the Europeans begin to develop the numbers of female players, they too will find their physical stand-outs and then they will apply the superior coaching and training to dismantle the USA. Or at least that's what I hope 🙂
  3. They are, yes, but there sure was a lot of help from the referees this time. They needed two penalties vs the Netherlands, and an offside call vs England to get to the final. Look to the movie "Bend it Like Becham" for the answer as to why the US is still #1, it takes more than one generation to cultivate a cadre of players capable of catching up to to the US. I look more at the individuals in Europe, the likes of Lucy Bronze, to demonstrate what is coming. The US has athletes, the Europeans have footballers. When a team has enough time and the critical mass of players to develop 11 of them my money says the US is out. Unfortunately that also means Canada is done, too. We have nothing like either the US or European development systems.
  4. The best thing our women can do is get the hell out of the NWSL and over to Europe. Huitema is obviously better for it and both Janine Beckie and Adriana Leon are thriving. Beckie could barely get a start in Houston or Sky Blue but she's tearing it up at Manchester City playing as an aggressively offensive minded defender. She's not scoring but that's not her job, she's just dominating her side and serving ball after ball in to the opposing teams box. I also love the fact I can watch her and Leon on demand for free on the FA Player, as opposed to the weekly changes in "broadcaster" for the NWSL. The NWSL is a USWNT league that promotes their style of direct, physical play with a real lack of the technical side you see in the European game. Our women aren't prioritized there despite the CSA subsidizing their play. If theEuropean clubs want our NT players I'm all for it.
  5. The roster 1- GK- Stephanie Labbé | USA / NC Courage 2- FB- Allysha Chapman | USA / Houston Dash 3- CB- Kadeisha Buchanan | FRA / FCF Olympique Lyonnais 4- CB- Shelina Zadorsky | USA / Orlando Pride 5- CB- Rebecca Quinn | USA / Seattle Reign FC 6- F- Deanne Rose | USA / University of Florida 7- M- Julia Grosso | USA / University of Texas at Austin 8- FB- Jayde Riviere | USA / University of Michigan 9- F- Jordyn Huitema | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain 10- FB- Ashley Lawrence | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain 11- M- Desiree Scott | USA / Utah Royals FC 12- F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC 13- M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Houston Dash 14- M- Gabrielle Carle | USA / Florida State University 15- F- Nichelle Prince | USA / Houston Dash 16- F- Janine Beckie | ENG / Manchester City FC 17- M- Jessie Fleming | USA / UCLA 18- GK- Kailen Sheridan | USA / Sky Blue FC 19- F- Adriana Leon | ENG / West Ham United FC 20- GK- Sabrina D'Angelo | SWE / Vittsjö GIK
  6. Well, for me, I don't see the National Team play much even though I am a fan. There are no easy to get streaming options and I don't have cable anymore. I watch a lot of FAWSL on the FA Player so mostly Beckie and Leon. Since the NWSL screwed around with their online viewing so much I can't watch games and after the Women's World Cup and the disgusting conduct of the USA women I really don't give much of a crap about the NWSL anymore. The best Canadians are going to Europe, anyway.
  7. Highlights, well, Japan's highlights 'cause there wasn't much from Canada Looking at Japan, they move the ball so well and their vision is incredible. I don't see Canada having the ability to hold or pass at that level. I didn't see enough to know where the defensive breakdowns really started but our defence looked slow, slow to react and unable to keep up with the Japanese. Was KHM playing three at defence?
  8. Janine Beckie with the hat trick in Champions League play.
  9. Geez, they're not exactly making it easy for Sinclair to score her next three goals, are they?
  10. Yup, I am. And I note in the article that once again female players want good refereeing and don't care much about the dangly bits. The "best in the world" you mention has to be qualified by adding "female". The quality of refereeing in the NWSL is likely as good or better than the WWC simply because they don't exclude male referees.
  11. I'll just leave this article here. https://www.themaneland.com/2019/8/19/20810667/u-s-soccer-referee-structure-puts-nwsl-below-mls
  12. And once again we see why the US is the most classless team in women's soccer. Morgan, after scoring, decides that the best celebration is one that mocks her opponents. I don't think I'll watch the match on Sunday, I have better things to do than witness more of that.
  13. I didn't say women coaches were experiments, so please don't shove your words in my mouth. What I said was Carolina Morace was an experiment. As for the pre-Pellerud coaches, I don't count the part-timers. That was an embarrassment that the CSA finally corrected. The CSA may have said Morace was the best available coach, but what they meant was she was the best available female coach. For some reason we keep circling back to some "need" to have a woman coach instead of the best coach. When Herdman quit there was talk about aiming to have a woman in charge by 2021. Why? Why is it so important to have ovaries if you coach women? Morace was a disaster and her history before signing with Canada clearly showed she was tough to work with and self-centred. She quit once, came back, and then **** the bed in Germany. She quit in spirit before the last game was played and quit for real when her performance was being evaluated. Thankfully we didn't demand Herdman cut his nuts off in order to coach Canada. What I hope we don't do is what Germany did in hiring Martina Voss-Tecklenburg. If you try to tell me she was the best coach available in Germany then I have some real-estate in Florida you should look at. Her coaching resume is Ok, but hardly outstanding, and her main claim to fame is being an ex-player. And is Jill Ellis really the best coach the US could find to lead the #1 team in the world? Her decisions so far indicate she's not very good, it's just fortunate she has more talent available than any three other national teams combined. Going forward, whatever happens with Heiner-Moller, I hope the next coach is the best we can attract and afford. If it happens to be a woman, I will be more than happy to support her.
  14. VAR isn't helping much if it can't at least bring some consistency to the application of the rules. Japan was done in by a hand ball, the USA gets a pass. Offside is now called to the millimeter but studs up challenges and spitting on opponents are not dealt with correctly. Me, I am happy that goal line technology exists because it is black and white. The offside calls strike me as being too legalistic in a game that has few enough goals as it is. For the rest, I think I prefer letting a referee decide it on the field, missed calls and all, rather than watching constant appeals for video review. Let the game flow.
  15. Why on earth would we need a Canadian or a woman to coach? If the best person for the job is Canadian, great! If it's a woman, that's great, too! But I think we need the best coach, period. Our experiment with a female coach ended badly, and the Americans are not happy with Jill Ellis. The English, however, are doing just fine under Phil Neville. As for Sinclair coaching, sure, if she's actually a good coach. We shouldn't just hand her the job because she was a good player.
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