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    villus got a reaction from whyalla63 in Herdman new head coach   
    I'm sorry but Herdman is untested, unfortunately the Women's game is really neglected for world soccer.  His teams played a ton of long ball and the Canadian women phyisically battered teams, but the tactics weren't exactly next level, the Canadian team had more talent then most teams and relied on that and its physicality.  The US coach who won two world cups is terrible tactically and setting up her team, but they have so much talent so they can cover it up.  Herdman talks a good game and sounds good but how do you see how Davies tore up the USA and in the next game were they are going to attack more you don't play a single attacking player who can stretch on the counter attack other then maybe David, but that's not really his strongest point.  The USA was going to try and play a high line against which is perfect for a guy like Davies but he had to change what worked and he had no plan B, the same thing that happened against Haiti and the same thing that happened against Mexico, he has elaborate plans to look like a genius but when things aren't going well he has no ability to adjust or change the team.  He's a fraud.  
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    villus got a reaction from apbsmith in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    There were a few options 1) attack mode 2) park the bus 3) in between where we come out and close down and press pick our spots to press and hunt in packs
     
    2 and 3 have very solid arguments, 1 doesn't, we don't need to win and we are on the road against a team that is fired up and a tie is a huge boost for us and allows us to keep getting points if I'm not mistaken, but on top of that 2 and 3 for me still give us a great chance at getting a win because the USA have showed they try to play out and make a lot of mistakes and struggle to pass out and break down teams.  Even if we went with attack mode I don't think we have the team to dominate possession and get two attacking fullbacks forward and pin the US back in their half, they played a very attacking lineup and still have talent.  
    I think clearly 3 is the way to go, you also set yourself up to adjust in game no matter what happens, starting the same way we did in Canada made a lot of sense and we back off when we don't have a chance to win the ball and when we do we come out and press as a unit and work our socks off with David and Davies pressing at the back and the 4 mids being solid with one attacking fullback and one fullback that is going to stay home and cover for the side Davies is mainly patrolling giving him freedom to attack and roam.  
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    villus got a reaction from whyalla63 in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    We needed a point, the onus was on the US to break us down and based on the players we have and the team the USA has and how they played it was actually the best case scenario for us.  We have lots of good defensive midfielders and we have Davies and Hoilett who are very good on the counter.  The USA has been plagued with mistakes trying to build play and break teams down and that is another check mark for setting up solid with an eye to counter attacking when the chance arrives.  This is simple tactics 101 and lots of us see it, yet Herdman complicated things because he's trying to prove he belongs at the level I'd imagine.  
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    villus got a reaction from lamptern in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    We needed a point, the onus was on the US to break us down and based on the players we have and the team the USA has and how they played it was actually the best case scenario for us.  We have lots of good defensive midfielders and we have Davies and Hoilett who are very good on the counter.  The USA has been plagued with mistakes trying to build play and break teams down and that is another check mark for setting up solid with an eye to counter attacking when the chance arrives.  This is simple tactics 101 and lots of us see it, yet Herdman complicated things because he's trying to prove he belongs at the level I'd imagine.  
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    villus got a reaction from whyalla63 in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    There were a few options 1) attack mode 2) park the bus 3) in between where we come out and close down and press pick our spots to press and hunt in packs
     
    2 and 3 have very solid arguments, 1 doesn't, we don't need to win and we are on the road against a team that is fired up and a tie is a huge boost for us and allows us to keep getting points if I'm not mistaken, but on top of that 2 and 3 for me still give us a great chance at getting a win because the USA have showed they try to play out and make a lot of mistakes and struggle to pass out and break down teams.  Even if we went with attack mode I don't think we have the team to dominate possession and get two attacking fullbacks forward and pin the US back in their half, they played a very attacking lineup and still have talent.  
    I think clearly 3 is the way to go, you also set yourself up to adjust in game no matter what happens, starting the same way we did in Canada made a lot of sense and we back off when we don't have a chance to win the ball and when we do we come out and press as a unit and work our socks off with David and Davies pressing at the back and the 4 mids being solid with one attacking fullback and one fullback that is going to stay home and cover for the side Davies is mainly patrolling giving him freedom to attack and roam.  
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    villus reacted to Ansem in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    In a game like this...
    Benito Floro would have been most welcome

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    villus got a reaction from gator in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    We needed a point, the onus was on the US to break us down and based on the players we have and the team the USA has and how they played it was actually the best case scenario for us.  We have lots of good defensive midfielders and we have Davies and Hoilett who are very good on the counter.  The USA has been plagued with mistakes trying to build play and break teams down and that is another check mark for setting up solid with an eye to counter attacking when the chance arrives.  This is simple tactics 101 and lots of us see it, yet Herdman complicated things because he's trying to prove he belongs at the level I'd imagine.  
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    villus reacted to The Beaver 2.0 in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    Someone has likely already stated this, but I think the entire game can be summed up in that moment when Davies tried to manufacture a "non-backpass" to Borjan.  First, it was very naïve, a sign that our core team is still quite young, that maybe Davies was playing in the wrong place, that Herdman got his line up and tactics wrong, and that we've still a long ways to go before we see the sun!  Yes, the US got their tactics right and were clinical in capitalizing on our sloppy play, but they were not especially dominant last night.  We certainly did not make it hard for them, and part of that has to do with formation and tactics. 
    Understanding Davies at LB for Bayern vs. Canada is key here, not just to Davies' performance, but to our overall success, which includes Herdman's ability to understand the game.  Davies at LB for Bayern is asked to play defense first, and only spring forward judiciously.  He is still learning the position, in no way comes to it naturally--his new coach at Bayern has pointed out how poor his positioning is--and has an amazing supporting cast at Bayer who DO know positioning etc at the highest level.  Not so with Canada. Sure, he was asked to play LB defensively by Herdman, but he was also told to be Phonzie, marauding forward like a free gazelle whenever he saw the chance.  The issue isn't the fact that he surged forward, but the fact that he was caught between two roles, which is never an easy thing for even the most seasoned footballers to pull off. 
    For a game like this, I would have challenged the US to try to break us down, then hit them on the counter.  I am not saying we should have bunkered, but we should have acknowledged their formation and tactical shift, and the fact that we were playing on their turf. Something like:
    Laryea  Cornelius Vitoria  Miller
              Piette Kaye
    Hoillet  Arfield   Davies
                 David
    This line up would provide Miller with coverage--Kaye and Davies--would allow Kaye or Piette to step forward when there was an opportunity, would have made us tough to break down, and would give us some solid counter attacking options with Davies and Hoillet on the wings.
    In short, we need more games.  
     
     
     
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    villus reacted to Bertuzzi44 in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    I watched the American coverage on ESPN2 and the commentators were saying the USA got lucky Davies was at LB and not further up the pitch.
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    villus reacted to BearcatSA in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    "Herdman intended to have him affect the play higher up the field by using him as a left back, but based on a number of problems, namely a lack of possession, it never came fruition."
    How about affecting the play higher up the field by using him as a left wing?  If you asked the American coaching staff, I'm pretty sure they were happier to see him at LB.
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    villus got a reaction from Club Linesman in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    This is the worst USA team in some while, they've been really bad for a few years and have regressed under Berhalter and this is arguably one of the best Canadian teams we've had.  We shouldn't simply accept losing here, we had a very good blue print from the previous game that worked and we deviated from that with not logical reasons why.  Our back 4 controlled the USA fairly well, Davies and David were fantastic giving the USA tons of problems and we deviated from that and then after we went a goal down we panicked and got punished for it.  That's all on the coach.  Lots of games we'd lose to USA in the States and it would simply be us being at a much lower level, but that's not necessarily the case here we showed very poorly and were not set up properly and didn't adjust.  
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    villus got a reaction from Junkie in Herdman new head coach   
    I'm sorry but Herdman is untested, unfortunately the Women's game is really neglected for world soccer.  His teams played a ton of long ball and the Canadian women phyisically battered teams, but the tactics weren't exactly next level, the Canadian team had more talent then most teams and relied on that and its physicality.  The US coach who won two world cups is terrible tactically and setting up her team, but they have so much talent so they can cover it up.  Herdman talks a good game and sounds good but how do you see how Davies tore up the USA and in the next game were they are going to attack more you don't play a single attacking player who can stretch on the counter attack other then maybe David, but that's not really his strongest point.  The USA was going to try and play a high line against which is perfect for a guy like Davies but he had to change what worked and he had no plan B, the same thing that happened against Haiti and the same thing that happened against Mexico, he has elaborate plans to look like a genius but when things aren't going well he has no ability to adjust or change the team.  He's a fraud.  
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    villus got a reaction from Obinna in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    This is the worst USA team in some while, they've been really bad for a few years and have regressed under Berhalter and this is arguably one of the best Canadian teams we've had.  We shouldn't simply accept losing here, we had a very good blue print from the previous game that worked and we deviated from that with not logical reasons why.  Our back 4 controlled the USA fairly well, Davies and David were fantastic giving the USA tons of problems and we deviated from that and then after we went a goal down we panicked and got punished for it.  That's all on the coach.  Lots of games we'd lose to USA in the States and it would simply be us being at a much lower level, but that's not necessarily the case here we showed very poorly and were not set up properly and didn't adjust.  
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    villus got a reaction from gator in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    This is the worst USA team in some while, they've been really bad for a few years and have regressed under Berhalter and this is arguably one of the best Canadian teams we've had.  We shouldn't simply accept losing here, we had a very good blue print from the previous game that worked and we deviated from that with not logical reasons why.  Our back 4 controlled the USA fairly well, Davies and David were fantastic giving the USA tons of problems and we deviated from that and then after we went a goal down we panicked and got punished for it.  That's all on the coach.  Lots of games we'd lose to USA in the States and it would simply be us being at a much lower level, but that's not necessarily the case here we showed very poorly and were not set up properly and didn't adjust.  
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    villus reacted to SpursFlu in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    I think Herdman made the wrong choice but ultimately the problem was Davies didn't follow the script. It as compounded by the mistake right of the bat that turned in to a goal. And then he was chasing it the entire game. I'm convinced now that he should be playing as a forward for us. If for no other reason he's enjoying himself with Canada. Also I think like someone else pointed out. He's our best LB, he's our best winger, he's our best midfielder, he's our best striker, he's probably our best center back. Just put him up front and let him do his thing. That play at the end of the game where he dribbled around 4 guys in their box was like some Messi shit. It was nuts. You dont see that. I also think Terry Dunfield needs to tone down the criticism a bit on the broadcast. He's another one that guy
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    villus got a reaction from xabuep2 in Herdman new head coach   
    I'm sorry but Herdman is untested, unfortunately the Women's game is really neglected for world soccer.  His teams played a ton of long ball and the Canadian women phyisically battered teams, but the tactics weren't exactly next level, the Canadian team had more talent then most teams and relied on that and its physicality.  The US coach who won two world cups is terrible tactically and setting up her team, but they have so much talent so they can cover it up.  Herdman talks a good game and sounds good but how do you see how Davies tore up the USA and in the next game were they are going to attack more you don't play a single attacking player who can stretch on the counter attack other then maybe David, but that's not really his strongest point.  The USA was going to try and play a high line against which is perfect for a guy like Davies but he had to change what worked and he had no plan B, the same thing that happened against Haiti and the same thing that happened against Mexico, he has elaborate plans to look like a genius but when things aren't going well he has no ability to adjust or change the team.  He's a fraud.  
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    villus got a reaction from nolbertos in Herdman new head coach   
    I'm sorry but Herdman is untested, unfortunately the Women's game is really neglected for world soccer.  His teams played a ton of long ball and the Canadian women phyisically battered teams, but the tactics weren't exactly next level, the Canadian team had more talent then most teams and relied on that and its physicality.  The US coach who won two world cups is terrible tactically and setting up her team, but they have so much talent so they can cover it up.  Herdman talks a good game and sounds good but how do you see how Davies tore up the USA and in the next game were they are going to attack more you don't play a single attacking player who can stretch on the counter attack other then maybe David, but that's not really his strongest point.  The USA was going to try and play a high line against which is perfect for a guy like Davies but he had to change what worked and he had no plan B, the same thing that happened against Haiti and the same thing that happened against Mexico, he has elaborate plans to look like a genius but when things aren't going well he has no ability to adjust or change the team.  He's a fraud.  
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    villus got a reaction from lamptern in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    Especially when we played a more defensive lineup with Miller playing as a defensive LB that didn't really venture forward a lot last game which worked well.  This game was going to be more defensive since they're going to attack a lot more and that's the game to play Davies as a LB?? It's braindead, there's no execusing it from a logic/tactics point of view and Herdman either knew it or is too arrogant to realize his mistake he's made a few times of neutering our best player and actually hurting our fairly week defensive even more playing him in a back 4.  We played 4 essentially central midfielders in the first game in Toronto with one attacking RB and a LB who stayed home, we set up to counter and the key was Davies on the loose when we got the USA to turn it over with our fairly defensive midfield, it worked well and in the reverse he decided to give us less ability to break out of midfield and attack on the counter and played essentially also less defensive with two attacking fullbacks which would maybe make sense if we expected to have a ton of possession and allow them to park forward and play as wingers, which was never the case.  It just makes absolutely no sense on multiple points, we may not have the most talent in the world which actually makes it important we get the game flow and our counter attacking posture more important, if we were gonna line up like that play Hoilett instead of Cavallini at least to give us more ability to take on defenders 1v1 which you'd expect a lot of when countering a team trying to attack at home.  
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    villus reacted to BearcatSA in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    Starting Davies at LB instead of in a more advanced role where he still could provide LB defensive support was akin to kissing the American ring.  
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    villus reacted to VinceA in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    We've had two windows to schedule friendlies to widen the defender pool yet Herdman and the CSA haven't done so and as a result guys like Didic and Zator can't get any game time. What a joke. How are we supposed to integrate them, Cordova and others if they can't see the field?
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    villus reacted to dyslexic nam in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    Was in the stands so I still haven’t watched it with the benefit if replays etc, but it seemed like a totally shared failure last night.  No one covered themselves in glory. Our offence was anemic, our defence was porous, and our mid was largely invisible.  Borjan decided tonight would be a good night to be adventurous and basic marking during both set pieces and open play as lacking.  
    Herdman may have gotten the selection wrong but none of our starting 11 were effective.  
     
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    villus reacted to gator in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    After sleeping on this I awoke feeling no better, maybe my expectations were too high against a clearly weakened US side in a bit of crises but this was a major missed opportunity! I still think Herdman got this terribly wrong, that post match interview is cringe worthy, we will be playing nothing but minnows now so he has a chance for more self promotion, I expect we will slip up along the way, at that point do the CSA make a move?
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    villus reacted to An Observer in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    I thing Davies is a very solid LB and can play there for Canada but then he would primarily be a shut down defender and only occasionally venture forward just like the way he does at Bayern. The problem with Canada is that he goes forward too often, tries to do too much and then leaves a weak back line exposed. So either you play him higher up the pitch to benefit from his strengths there with a weaker LB behind him; or you have him play LB but conservatively especially the first 30 mins or so away from home and that gets you another offensive player on the pitch. It’s a tough call but what you don’t do is have him play LB but allow him to bomb forward, play like a winger and lose the ball so that your defence is exposed. 
    So people are wrong that he can’t play LB for Canada, he can but he just wasn’t used properly in this regard by Herdman
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    villus got a reaction from red card in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    He's a moron, its not even a difficult calculation to make.  Davies is the best LB, RW, LW, RB etc and at LB he barely has a chance to influence the game.  At Bayern he's playing LB because they have Gnabry, Coman, Perisic, Mueller ahead of him, Herdman has absolutely no idea what he's doing if he thinks its a no brainer, just absolutely no idea how to utilize his best players.  The best LB for Bayern plays CM for Austria because of the gulf in talent from Bayern to Austria and because he influences the game massively, Herdman is just copying people's work because he's not at the level to sort these problems out for himself.  
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    villus got a reaction from DeRo_Is_King in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    He's a moron, its not even a difficult calculation to make.  Davies is the best LB, RW, LW, RB etc and at LB he barely has a chance to influence the game.  At Bayern he's playing LB because they have Gnabry, Coman, Perisic, Mueller ahead of him, Herdman has absolutely no idea what he's doing if he thinks its a no brainer, just absolutely no idea how to utilize his best players.  The best LB for Bayern plays CM for Austria because of the gulf in talent from Bayern to Austria and because he influences the game massively, Herdman is just copying people's work because he's not at the level to sort these problems out for himself.  
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