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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. Gotta say I wasn't at all impressed with the Bev Priestman hire. She was a buddy of Herdman, from the same small town, and she'd never held a head coaching position. She was just another assistant we promoted. Welp, she somehow unleashed Jessie Fleming, something I wasn't sure was ever going to happen. She picked the right 'keeper when everything I read was that Sheridan was the GOAT in the NWSL. Her defensive structure worked. The team scored a few goals, not enough to make me happy but obviously enough to win an Olympic Gold medal. So, all in all I have to admit I was wrong about her. I still think the CSA does a shit job of recruiting coaches, no matter how good Herdman and Priestman have been.
  2. Ok, Canada once again promotes an assistant coach to head coach. I know she was one of the favourites and at least she's not an ex-player with little to no coaching experience. What I always ask; is Bev Priestman the best person for the job, or is she the best woman for the job, or is she the best woman we could afford? If she is the best person for the job then that's great. I have my doubts. The fact the CSA can't seem to find someone who has actually lead a team or a program is worrisome, and their seeming obsession with having a woman coach is, too.
  3. Ok, so if a trans-woman IS a woman, then a trans-man IS a man. Should this man, who we seem to be having difficulty naming, be playing on the CWNT? I wouldn't want to mis-gender them by saying they play on the women's team. Of course, it's possible I don't really care that much about Rebecca Quinn's personal life nor if she/they decides to continue to play on the national team. It might be that I simply don't want to be lectured by some hypocrite-dude on the Internet about misgendering someone when that person is apparently fine with being mis-gendered when it comes to where they play.
  4. I'm not a fan of the NWSL as a place for Canadian Women, even if I enjoyed watching 3 of them win the Challenge Cup. The style of play and the coaching are all American, athletic and powerful, but not exactly technical or skilled. The place to grow in the future has to be Europe. That so many of the young Canadian female talent is now over there makes me very happy. The question is what can we do to encourage development for our younger players? It's a fantasy to think we can support a cross-Canada league for the women. The US has a much greater population density that we do and they can barely afford the travel. We always want to start big, we don't seem willing to put in the drudge work to grow the game locally before we jump to a D1 league (yeah, I'm reference the CPL...) With women we need to develop real club-level teams competing in regional leagues with reasonable travel, smaller stadiums packed with fans rather than empty monstrosities, and we need to build local support. We have to build the pyramid from the bottom first. Sure, the NT players will not be here but the next level can. Like a broken record I keep pointing to Canadian Junior hockey as the model and like every time I mention it, it'll be ignored among the demands for top tier play and $60k salaries. I'll continue yelling at clouds, I guess.
  5. Desiree Scott gets paid either way. Just like Megan Rapinoe or Tobin Heath, they can sit out and still get cash. This is another reason I have so much respect for Christine Sinclair. The WPSL may not survive Covid but some players care enough to play. As always, fuck Megan Rapinoe, the selfish, classless *****.
  6. WTF is with this obsession with the genitalia of the coach? Why does no one want the best coach for the job? Did the female referees make the WWC better or worse? Me, I want the best coach for my son, my daughter, my National team. Maybe I have a desire for a female coach for my daughter because she could use the role model, but for the national team I just want the best. The women deserve the best.
  7. Jill Ellis? No thanks. I would prefer someone with just a bit more class on our sideline, not someone who condones the American attitude. Also, she wasn't a genius with the US, sh simply had the best players in the world. As for candidates? I don't know who would be interested, but I suspect it won't be a long list. We had a stroke of luck with Herdman but otherwise we haven't exactly been attracting great candidates. We seem to retread lesser lights (maybe excepting Pellerud) more than bring in the rising star or the experienced old hand. We gifted the team to Heiner-Moller, an assistant, rather than do a candidate search, so that should tell you something right there. So how about this name? Nick Cushing. He built a pretty good program for the women at Man City and recently moved on to assist with NYFC in the MLS. He may not be willing to leave his new job so soon after taking it but maybe it's an opportunity he can't refuse? Or maybe take a look at the list of candidates for the England job. Their second best is still probably miles ahead of the best Canadian we can find. Hell, pay Phil Neville to come here. He's been crapped on in England but he'd done a pretty damned good job for an ungrateful mob. Maybe getting a guaranteed spot in the Olympics and a chance to show up his detractors would motivate him.
  8. There's no way Sinclair can or should just waltz in to the top job. Just for starters, does she have any of the required licences to coach at that level? Is she even interested in coaching? But that aside, coaching is not playing and there have been very few players who have successfully transitioned immediately to high level coaching let alone coaching a top 10 national team. Sinclair is special but she still needs to put some time in learning the trade. Gretzky was a great player, not so much a coach. And finally, our women deserve the best coach available, and I don't think that's Christine Sinclair... yet.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 🙂
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
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