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  1. Kyle Larin had two great chances in the 1st to score. One, a cross along the ground from Davies right to Larin's foot 5 yards out from the goal and he missed it high and wide. Two, a great cross to Larin's head at the top of the 6 yard box and instead of putting it on goal, he decided to knock it down to his foot and lost his chance. There was also his inability to head the ball on goal in the second half...hitting it well over the bar. Adugkebe (sp?) was around the defence, one on one with the keeper from the corner of the 6 yard box and passed it off. They need to make much better decisions in front of goal, and they will need to learn how to take the chances they do have. This game should not have been close.
  2. I purposely left Fleming out of the discussion. I will be honest and say that I am a huge Fleming fan and I think that she is the future of the national team. However, I recognize that US college is not the place for talent to develop. And that is what Fleming has always been...talent. I have read people post about Fleming's lack of progress, or stagnatation (is that a word?) in her development over the last few years, and I have to agree with them. With short, compact seasons and lack of a professional environment the US college system, it is not designed to develop players like Fleming. Having said that, I will never critisize her choice to go to school and get a degree, let alone on a scholarship in engineering. I respect her for that. I have no doubt that when she has her degree and enters into a professional soccer environment that she is going to develop into a great player and she will have her degree to fall back on when she's through with soccer. As far as improvement of the team sans Herdman goes, my observations about style of play and Sinclair being the focus of their attack goes back to 2015.
  3. As disappointing as the outcome was, I didn't have a problem with Beckie's penalty. She picked her spot, ran up and hit it. The Swedish keeper made a very good save. That happens. I have a much bigger issue with Cavalinni's penalty last night. At least Beckie forced the keeper to make a save. There are a lot of other issues in the women's team that need to be addressed before a missed penalty. They're the same issues that they've had since at least the last olympics: 1. Christine Sinclair. I know I'm going to be hammered for this one, but when the team has two attacking strategies - crosses from out wide and playing balls into the top of the box from 50 yards out - and both of those strategies are trying to get the ball to Sinclair, it becomes a major issue. There are 2 or three defenders on Sinclair, and every single ball is being forced in her direction. She is no longer fast enough to outrun the defenders, nor quick enough to create space for herself, nor able to out jump her defenders to attack the ball with her head. It is way to easy to defend. Huitema should be that central forward. If Sinclair is on the field, she should be in a withdrawn role in midfield where she has more time and space to accept the ball and bring her teammates into the play. She is smart enough to find those spaces running forward towards the box to get into the right spots. She will score more goals following up on the play than being the focus of the offense. 2. If you are going to play crosses in from wide areas, you need to have players that can provide quality crosses into the box. That did not happen in this tournament. Today especially, the Swedes packed the box and where first to every single cross. The wing play was too slow, and as noted in point 1, they were trying to force it to Sinclair. There is not enough speed in the build-up, nor is there enough speed in the middle of the field to beat the back line to crosses in. 3. Beckie Scott. Scott is terrible with the ball on her foot regardless of TSN's panel's assertion that she has improved in that area. She should only be playing when Canada is trying to protect a lead. Quinn and Rosso are much better both on and off the ball. My preference would be to see Grosso out there spraying balls to her teammates. Going forward...get Sinclair the record in friendlies because Wambach should fade into history. Leading up to 2020 olympics and the 2023 WC cycle: Labbe Riviere Buchanan Zadorsky Lawrence Grosso/Quinn Fleming Sinclair/Beckie Prince/Rose Leon/Beckie Huitema (Schmidt can still provide relief and starts in wingback and midfield)
  4. This game was being played at the same time as US-Thailand. Not a major tournament mind you, but it is qualification for a major tournament where goal differential matters. This is how you run up the score and still win with class.
  5. I'm glad we got the Americans. Now is a great time to start a rivalry on the Men's side. When's the last time we played them? 2011?
  6. The Barclays Women's Super League https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/womens-soccer-england-secures-record-sponsorship-deal/ Maybe this will lead to international broadcast deals?
  7. I do want to say that the coverage and respect that Sportsnet gives to the Bundesliga is non existant. I love the coverage that SN is giving to the CPL, but they went and bought the Canadian rights to the Bundesliga from Fox and they treat it like a red-headed step child (no offence meant to red-headed step children...I love all of you!). I initially bought SportsnetWorld to watch FC Koeln games. I could log on and watch Bundesliga games and Premier league games (PL games that WEREN'T on their regular channels) live or on replay. Three (four?) years later, SNWorld shows simulcasts of PL games that are on their regular cable channels, FA cup, replays of simulcasts of PL games that are on their regular cable channels and if you are lucky they will show Bayern and Dortmund live and/or on replay. Unless you have cable (or streaming) through Roger's directly, you cannot watch Bundesliga games even though they have the National rights. It's absolutely ridiculous. (how many times do I want to watch Liverpool vs Fulham?) /end of rant.
  8. https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/canadian-teenager-alphonso-davies-scores-bayern-munich-win/
  9. Question for anyone in Winnipeg: Are they selling single game tickets yet? I'm thinking about driving up from Regina for the home opener.
  10. Sounds great. Let me know. Link works when I click on it.!!??
  11. Thanks Rob.Notenboom for the following: https://www.northernstartingeleven.com/reginas-queen-city-united-embarks-on-uws-adventure/ This is a great start for high performance women's soccer in Saskatchewan!
  12. I've been trying to find some positives out of this tournament for the last few days, but what it comes down to is that one goal in three games is unacceptable regardless of who the opponents are. They can maintain the majority of the possession, but they have no ability to cut through the opponents defense. The work in the final third is a major problem. For the last 10+ years, the strategy of the CanWNT has been to get the ball onto the foot of Sinclair (and rightfully so), but she is no longer the player that she was. She can no longer be the focus of the offense. Beckie and Huitema should be playing up top, Lawrence should be playing outside wing, drop Sinclair into a AM position so that she can recieve and distribute the ball playing alongside Fleming. Grosso needs more playing time at DM (her control and passing is better than Scott), and Leon should be playing way more than she is...probably opposite field from Lawrence. It is so hard to watch. Moeller needs to try something different. I want these ladies to succeed, but right now there is no progress being made. If it sounds like I hold the Women's team to a higher standard than the Men's program, it's because I do! If things don't change, they will fall further and further behind countries that are starting to seriously develop their women's programs. I am sorry if this sounds like a rant (and it is/does), but right now there is so much wrong with this program and I hope that it can be fixed before we are buried in mediocrity.
  13. Kevin McKenna was doing co-commentary for the Bayern-'Gladbach game for FS2 yesterday. The feed was picked up by Sportsnet World.
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