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  1. Agree with the thoughts of red card and Symp_Res above. I've been perplexed that in KHM's tenure he rarely modifies his starting lineup. This 11 may on paper be the best 11 but it DOES NOT FINISH. We have more than a year of matches showing they can't score more than two goals against anyone in the top 20. That forces a strategy of trying to win every match 1-0. The defense is good but not that good. When I coached, I remember my coach suggesting I try a few players at different positions. I asked why as he played them at the position I was using them at. He had played pro in Germany and said 'with your mix of players they'd be more impactful collectively at the new positions.' While we were good my way, oh my goodness it was such an improvement his way. I think that is where KHM is stuck. Too risk aversive to try mixing up the lineup but he needs more commitment to finding offense. This group does things well but not well enough. Lawrence needs to play midfield. She will shoot from distance and carry the ball which brings a different element. This tournament was like 2015 WWC. I watched wondering how the heck Canada would score a goal to have a chance to win (i.e., it was painful). They play a style that puts it all on Sinclair at least partly because Beckie and Prince are not scoring threats with all their shooting challenges. Portland struggled to use her effectively a few years ago when Morgan was still on the team but Parsons has found a way to have Sinc still be a factor offensively. KHM has not. It's not so much that she's old or slow, it's more she's not fitting in well with the dynamic of how they're playing but hard to say anyone else is doing better. It's a losing strategy for an meaningful goal. Further, I don't feel the young players are developing well. Buchanan and Lawrence make unnecessary fouls that result in cards when they get beat. Fleming can't seem to play well when the game is physical or high stress. Beckie can't hit the broad side of a barn with her shot. Prince and Rose seem to have limited smarts for where to go. These are all elements that should be improving since these players all have great potential. But improvement seems to have stopped since Herdman left. I don't think they play enough friendlies and I'm not sure they are playing the right opponents. It feels like they missed their best WWC opportunity.
  2. I watched the US feed of the game. It started with a pre-game where Heather O'Reilly was arrogant. (She's toned it down since). Their non-US announcers raised the issue that perhaps the later goal celebrations were too much. Their American counterparts were defensive. I think it's obvious that since almost anyone who is associated with the US Soccer program defended it that this is the culture they create. I remember being disappointed seeing Rapinoe flip off the ref in one of the WWC games in Winnipeg. No surprise she was the most blatant with her celebration. It's up to the coaches and the refs to set the tone for what is and isn't acceptable. Solo got booted for making unsportsmanlike comments after a game but this is merely joy. Sure Jill. I think we're really only complaining about the Rapinoe and Morgan celebrations. I think Rapinoe has shown she can be a punk. As for Morgan, I don't really get a player counting out her goals. It shows the players are very concerned about their individual statistics. Again, I think this is a culture problem. I think those from other countries have a different view. To them this is an international tournament and it matters how you represent yourself. For the US, that is not a concern as is evident by Trump. They are focused on themselves. They are a great team but I can't admire them. For me, conducting your self with class has always been important. I found it very disappointing. As an aside, the lineup they fielded today is the one they should have had out against Thailand. The starting 11 could have played today. I think they may lose to France which would be karma.
  3. I didn't think it was likely here either as she is scoring once every two to three games. Getting four would require getting at least two in the group stage.
  4. I think people are misreading on Sinclair. If you think she's not still one of your best players then I don't understand. The game is more than sprinting. Ideally because games are so close together, they'd be subbing her off or she'd get a game off. That's what they did at the Olympics. I think her body doesn't recover as quickly for games this close together. Unfortunately, this lineup doesn't score so she's playing the full 90. They can't take her out because of those they have up top, she's the most likely to score. I wished they had tinkered with other lineups more. On paper and in many ways this 11 seems like the best bet. But they've established for over a year now how much difficulty they have scoring. I suspect a different mix would finish better. Beckie and Prince seem to have a hard time hitting the broad side of a barn. They do a lot of good things but their lack of finish really hurts. Also as was stated on the US broadcast, the best cross Sinclair had played to her came from Labbe. I'm not sure how much improvement to expect in this regards as we've seen this all year. They also need some purpose to their possession. It's not clear anyone wants to go for a goal and the pace is sometimes too slow to create gaps to exploit. I think Beckie will be the key player deciding how far we go. If she can start putting her shots on net and scoring, it will make the difference. Otherwise every game is a nail-biter hoping we're the team that wins 1-0. I think if others score, Sinc won't be getting tight because of the record. She gets tight when that pressure is intensified by needing to be 'it'.
  5. Oh my. Glad to see a game where they play the bench players but no offense + no defense is bad. Interested to see the lineup for 2nd half and if they can salvage this one.
  6. Thanks for the info on Matheson and Quinn. They have more options with lineups with those two players. It feels like maybe the WWC plan could be to use Lawrence at FB against higher ranked teams. But I'd strongly advocate her playing midfield against weaker opponents to make sure there is more offense. Goal differential is important and right now we're looking to win or lose 1-0. Hopefully against Nigeria, Riviere plays the whole match at FB and Lawrence plays up. They need to find other options they're confident with on defense. An injury would be killer for them.
  7. They seemed much improved from Algaerve to me. Much better possession play. Finishing still needs work and way too much just dumping the ball without finesse. I'm hoping Riviere gets a shot at starting and they move Lawrence up in the next match. Lawrence was invisible and too much of an asset to waste. I remain less than thrilled with Schmidt or Prince as starters and feel others should be tried. Would have rather seen someone else come on than Rose. If Huitema was there, she should have played some minutes. Anyone know why Matheson and Quinn weren't on the roster?
  8. What opponents are lined up pre-World Cup? Is it just England? Sorry but I find the Canada Soccer website atrocious for finding schedules. They need more games. USWNT has 5 more pre-WWC. I think the best thing they could do is play the top tier teams more. They build up too slow and need to play faster. You get away with it against weaker opponents. If they played teams that are peers/above them, it would become obvious some people don't have the smarts to play at that pace. It's just not the right mix KMH is using and I'm concerned about his failure at developing. No one is being developed to join the D corp. It's okay but not strong enough to allow you to win 1-0 against top teams. Frankly, they'll let in 3 against the top four teams because the D is slow.
  9. I think the defense is as much a question mark as the final third. In the final third, we're at least seeing shots. On D, this group isn't fast enough and has no depth. The US D is having problems because their D isn't fast enough. We may not get hurt by it playing weaker teams but the top teams will exploit it. Schmidt is not fast so I'm not sure why they're trying to convert her to D. Only Lawrence is fast but they really need her playing up. It's been a long time since I've felt Schmidt should start. It seems there are others ready to take her place that can at least match her ability. I don't understand the loyalty there. Matheson, on the other hand, I still see value from. She brings speed and smarts. I see her getting to the right places and making passes to set things up. I'd agree their typical lineup doesn't really work. One thing the Thorns did in 2017 that worked for them was to play Sinclair as a midfielder. She didn't prefer it but was really good. Last year their mix changed and she was able to be effective playing F. This group feels like the Thorns 2017 version. She's not fast enough to make things happen by herself at forward. I also don't understand why Quinn hasn't been getting more time. She'd seem to be the heir apparent to Scott's role and if she can bring a little more dynamic play then she needs to be developed for it. KMH has a lot of thinking to do to figure out how to maximize his players. I'm not sure he's correctly identified the core who need to start though. It's sad to me to think back to 2015. Buchanan was so impressive. She seemed so promising and there has been no next step. 2016-7 saw Lawrence develop into a monster, Fleming blossom and Beckie show us promise. You could see the team really being a player in 2019. Under KMH, Lawrence seems held back, Fleming's impact is limited because of the pieces around her and Beckie can't hit the broad side of a barn. I hope they add more friendlies because this team needs more games for him to figure this out. I'm afraid it's too late.
  10. A couple of thoughts. I don't really understand the lineups KHM is putting out there. IMO, not the best 11 but unlike the US he is mixing it up and getting more people some game time so perhaps he's taking a long view. I'd like to see more Matheson and Leon who add speed with smarts vs players like Prince. The team needs to play at a faster pace. You could see Sweden picking off passes because they knew they'd be trying all this methodical build-up passing. It's clear he will have Beckie starting and thus I think she will make or break this team. In this tournament, she had tons of shots (good that she's in position). If she finds a finishing touch, we'll score enough to win games. If she keeps missing then she's a weakness. It seems KHM philosophy is to try to win more via defense. The offense has declined since he took over and the personnel is the same. It's a traditional thought but very high risk. Kudos to Labbe for a great performance.
  11. I was happy to see some tinkering with the line-up vs Scotland. A couple thoughts. 1) I'm impressed to see Matheson still has a lot of speed despite her knee injuries. When you see her sprint, it highlights something that is missing up front. 2) Not sure I understand why Leon doesn't get a shot as a starter. I get she provides spark off the bench and maybe they don't think she can do that work rate for more than 20 minutes. However, both elements are sorely needed up front. They're just better when she's out there. 3) I'm a bit perplexed why there aren't some actual FB being developed. There should be someone more appropriate than Schmidt to try there. I do think they need to utilize Lawrence at MF but can't afford it because the D isn't deep enough. I watched the US in She Believes Cup today. They're not the same team which makes for a more open WWC. But there are so many teams that can score more readily than Canada. I feel the CWT roster has more offensive potential than the results and performances show. KHM better start tinkering and trying to figure out how to maximize his players. Too many good teams and struggling to score against teams ranked in the teens doesn't cut it.
  12. Color aside they are just boring. Couldn't they be something other than solid. Like have a red pattern of some kind. It reminds me of cheap youth uniforms.
  13. I'm not sure it's about Sinclair falling off. Someone needs to get the ball up there for her to score. But I think KMH seems stubborn in sticking with this lineup and the team seems more dynamic once subs come in. He better start experimenting to figure out the starting 11 or they won't make it out of the WWC group stage. The midfield needs rethinking and the forward group definitely seems better once subs are made.
  14. I think you're being too hard on CWNT. Compare your team to the USWNT. The US is much larger and has a much bigger pool of players to pull from. Yet the rosters are pretty stagnant with a new face here and there. Player development is focused on the youth levels. If a player hasn't broken through by 20, they won't be getting development resources to surpass an existing roster player. Thus you only see young new faces and not those in their mid-20s. If the women's leagues ever become stronger at developing players, this could change. But right now Canadian women seem screwed. The rare one gets a starting opportunity in the NWSL and they are forced to go abroad where it's hit and miss if they play strong enough competition to develop further. I haven't understood why so few have started in the NSWL. IMO, several have been good enough but passed over for people who seem less capable. Maybe more teams would change this but I think the CSA needs to use some influence to make sure their players are allocated where they're wanted and not wasted.
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