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    carolynduthie got a reaction from Vic in Herdsman to step down in 2020   
    They didn't bring in Nils Nielsen to "turn things around", Heiner-Møller left after leading them to the semis of Euro, knocking out France in the quarters, which if anything was an over-performance given that they were the 7th ranked team in Europe going in. He was a few missed PKs away from getting to the Euro final, which is exactly what his successor achieved. (They may have over-achieved more this time, given that they actually won some games, and they were the 8th ranked team in Europe going in at #15, but if anything this hurts your argument cause Denmark's ranking has in fact dropped since Heiner-Møller left - I don't put too much stock in rankings when you're comparing numbers that close together, cause it has as much to do with what other teams do, but you can't really say there's been a noticeable improvement if the ranking went down. They're ranked #12 now, but they were also ranked #12 in the August 2013 FIFA rankings (the ones that would've first taken into account the 2013 Euro results) so...I'm struggling a bit to see how Nielsen has turned things around so much as continued on with steady performances. 

    New Zealand Herdman also had the benefit of basically automatically qualifying to every major international tournament - there's a spot for Oceania and qualifiers are non-competitve even if New Zealand comes out and plays poorly. Europe is much harder to qualify out of. 
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from Kent in Herdman new head coach   
    Yes and no? His 2015 WWC roster was basically picked by 2013, and the team was playing well enough going into it but wound up underperforming and it really looked like some of the younger players who were cut would have been better choices for the roster (hindsight being 20/20 and all). 
    But after that he pretty immediately overhauled the roster, went with the youth got another bronze medal out of it, and not one that seemed fluke or lucky. 

    Definitely not afraid to give young players a chance, one of his strengths really. Played Germany (#2 ranked) in the spring and gave the 3rd-string keeper the start to get her more experience. A few years back when Canada played the US he started a centreback duo of two at-the-time mostly unproven teenagers. 
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from Kent in General Discussion on CMNT   
    I don't follow the youth MNT sides close enough to know how early they usually announce them but just for reference the U20 WNT and U17 WNT have both had camps this fall ahead of qualifying and the rosters were announced like 3/4s of the way through the camp lol. 
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from jpg75 in General Discussion on CMNT   
    I don't follow the youth MNT sides close enough to know how early they usually announce them but just for reference the U20 WNT and U17 WNT have both had camps this fall ahead of qualifying and the rosters were announced like 3/4s of the way through the camp lol. 
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from Bison44 in General Discussion on CMNT   
    I don't follow the youth MNT sides close enough to know how early they usually announce them but just for reference the U20 WNT and U17 WNT have both had camps this fall ahead of qualifying and the rosters were announced like 3/4s of the way through the camp lol. 
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from BuzzAndSting in General Discussion on CMNT   
    I don't follow the youth MNT sides close enough to know how early they usually announce them but just for reference the U20 WNT and U17 WNT have both had camps this fall ahead of qualifying and the rosters were announced like 3/4s of the way through the camp lol. 
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from MrsC in Best Book To Give As A Gift   
    I read this when it came out and it's very good, lots of good stories profiled. 
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from SpecialK in General Discussion on CMNT   
    Someone would have to do the math, because I think women's national teams probably do play slightly more often (plus the Olympics and Olympic qualifying count as senior caps for the women, I don't know how it works for the men but I imagine at least for the U23 players they don't?), but I think there's other factors too. WNT player pools tend to be a lot smaller, so players will be on a roster for every game, and most of the players high up on the women's list started playing with the senior team full-time in high school, so even by the time they're like, 19 or 20, when most men's players break in, the women already have like 35+ caps (I think Mia Hamm was 15? Sinclair was 16, Birgit Prinz was 16 or 17, Kristine Lilly was 16 or 17 - Jessie Fleming turns 20 next March and already has 47 caps.) 

    (An aside just based on that list, there is also the caveat that the USWNT plays all the time and in the past especially has had overwhelmingly low player turnover, which together would lead to their best players just accumulating a ton of caps.)
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from Kent in General Discussion on CMNT   
    Someone would have to do the math, because I think women's national teams probably do play slightly more often (plus the Olympics and Olympic qualifying count as senior caps for the women, I don't know how it works for the men but I imagine at least for the U23 players they don't?), but I think there's other factors too. WNT player pools tend to be a lot smaller, so players will be on a roster for every game, and most of the players high up on the women's list started playing with the senior team full-time in high school, so even by the time they're like, 19 or 20, when most men's players break in, the women already have like 35+ caps (I think Mia Hamm was 15? Sinclair was 16, Birgit Prinz was 16 or 17, Kristine Lilly was 16 or 17 - Jessie Fleming turns 20 next March and already has 47 caps.) 

    (An aside just based on that list, there is also the caveat that the USWNT plays all the time and in the past especially has had overwhelmingly low player turnover, which together would lead to their best players just accumulating a ton of caps.)
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from Kent in General Discussion on CMNT   
    The game yesterday was during an international break for women. (http://resources.fifa.com/mm/document/affederation/administration/02/78/12/40/circularno.1535-2017fifawomensinternationalmatchcalendar_neutral.pdf) The WNT only played outside of international breaks twice this year - once at the beginning of February, outside of the North American club season (which the men's team...also generally does) and then the series against the US, which yes, was likely made possible due to so many of the USWNT/CanWNT players being NWSL-based and them being in their off-season - and they also skipped playing during two breaks (September & October). But they're hardly running around scheduling women's friendlies all the time with no regard for the international calendar or anything. 
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from Jamaicanadian in Jessie Fleming   
    here, this is working for now http://pac-12.com/live/arizona-state-university 
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from rkomar in Jessie Fleming   
    here, this is working for now http://pac-12.com/live/arizona-state-university 
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from Rheo in Canada vs USA on Thursday November 9th in Vancouver   
    Not that I know what any particular athletic directors would choose to do here, but first round NCAA games for higher seeds (which one would imagine UCLA, Duke and Florida would all be) tend to be blowouts, so it's possible the schools would let them go (if Canada were to call them - there is also enough depth in the player pool just let them stay at their schools regardless). 
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from Rheo in Canadian Premier League   
    Counterpoint: TVA Sports is the Impact MLS broadcaster and they have an article up on their site. 
    http://www.tvasports.ca/2017/05/06/la-premiere-ligue-canadienne-voit-le-jour
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from rkomar in 2017 NWSL Season   
    FWIW, Scott was listed as doubtful on the injury report this week (she went down for a bit in the Canada game with what looked like an ankle injury so possibly related to that?) and Prince has been flying back and forth between Houston and Columbus to finish school and so I imagine has been missing a lot of practice, so I don't think it was super likely either of them were going to see much time this week anyways. 
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from shermanator in 2017 NWSL Season   
    FWIW, Scott was listed as doubtful on the injury report this week (she went down for a bit in the Canada game with what looked like an ankle injury so possibly related to that?) and Prince has been flying back and forth between Houston and Columbus to finish school and so I imagine has been missing a lot of practice, so I don't think it was super likely either of them were going to see much time this week anyways. 
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from Lofty in Jessie Fleming   
    They've struggled to score since losing Darian Jenkins. That's basically it. They significantly out-possessed Colorado and couldn't buy a goal. The other forwards on the team are all fine but none of them have the scoring touch Jenkins did - and not having to worry about Jenkins has left teams able to throw a bunch of defenders at Fleming all the time. (It's also been suggested lots of teams struggle doing the Colorado-Utah trip at altitude without any time really to train there first. I don't know how like, true this is, but the PAC-12 Network really likes to mention it.)
    They did beat USC 1-0 last night; for a lot of it Fleming seemed to be playing higher than UCLA has generally had her.  
    Provided nobody goes pro before next season, this issue of having less-than-optimally productive forwards should hopefully resolve itself for UCLA as Mallory Pugh and Ashley Sanchez arrive. 
    Btw, this is kind of too late now, but if you want to watch the games live, most of UCLA's games are on the PAC-12 Network, which if you want to watch from outside of the US, you can pay for PAC-12 on Everport (http://eversport.tv) and then watch soccer to your heart's content (or just find a free stream, generally of lower quality and lower reliability but also lower cost). I think Eversport lets you watch on-demand too, so you can go back and watch games later.
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from rkomar in Jessie Fleming   
    They've struggled to score since losing Darian Jenkins. That's basically it. They significantly out-possessed Colorado and couldn't buy a goal. The other forwards on the team are all fine but none of them have the scoring touch Jenkins did - and not having to worry about Jenkins has left teams able to throw a bunch of defenders at Fleming all the time. (It's also been suggested lots of teams struggle doing the Colorado-Utah trip at altitude without any time really to train there first. I don't know how like, true this is, but the PAC-12 Network really likes to mention it.)
    They did beat USC 1-0 last night; for a lot of it Fleming seemed to be playing higher than UCLA has generally had her.  
    Provided nobody goes pro before next season, this issue of having less-than-optimally productive forwards should hopefully resolve itself for UCLA as Mallory Pugh and Ashley Sanchez arrive. 
    Btw, this is kind of too late now, but if you want to watch the games live, most of UCLA's games are on the PAC-12 Network, which if you want to watch from outside of the US, you can pay for PAC-12 on Everport (http://eversport.tv) and then watch soccer to your heart's content (or just find a free stream, generally of lower quality and lower reliability but also lower cost). I think Eversport lets you watch on-demand too, so you can go back and watch games later.
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    carolynduthie got a reaction from Rheo in 2016 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea ( Nov 13- Dec 3 )   
    Obviously I don't know what's in the heads of the players, but I'm not sure 'omission' is the right word so much as "starting outfield players for good NCAA teams want to stay with their NCAA teams because they think they can win the College Cup". (It's worth noting that both Pickett and Yekka redshirted the semester so this wouldn't be an issue; the US actually had all of their players decide over the summer whether they wanted to go to PNG and redshirt or stay back with their college teams and a good number of them [of note, a serious chunk of Stanford's roster] decided [or were gently nudged by their schools] to stay back with their college teams). It's easy to say "oh well playing for Canada should come above that" but given that even a full strength Canada probably was going to struggle to get out of the group I don't think it's a ridiculous decision for some of these players (especially Fleming and Kinzner who played in the last WWC) to want to stay with their college teams (and it's not impossible some colleges not so subtly asked players to maybe not leave).
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