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DavemTFC

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  1. From what I remember, the talk around Laryea when he was in college was that he was obviously a quality player, but nobody had any idea what his best position was - he could and did play everywhere in midfield, including wide, and did the same in Orlando, but I don't think anyone ever actually tried him at full-back until Vanney
  2. A lot of our players had subpar games (Borjan, Vitoria, Eustaquio, Hoilett, Larin, maybe Atiba the exceptions) so I'm frankly relieved with the draw because we did not look ready for how much more intense concacaf gets for quals and could easily have lost. Also some baffling tactical decisions by Herdman. There's no point having wingers switch sides (and stay on those opposite sides for half an hour) when they're better in their original positions. We are generally much more connected with a midfield three and despite Stache and Atiba's best efforts, it was tough to get a lot going. Also if you're gonna do the Kennedy for Miller sub do it at HT when Miller is obviously struggling, not with 5 mins left once he actually looks good. I'm hopeful everyone can use this as a wake up call for what to expect during the Oct and I'm encouraged that as bad as I think we were today we still got a result and looked like a constant threat. I think we will get better. If we get a result in Nashville and then beat El Salvador that's an ok window. Crowd sounded phenomenal - wish I could have made the time/money effort to be there. Nice to see BMO Field have a home side who look like they can actually win for the first time in a while.
  3. Sweden has the advantage if this goes to penalties as they haven't been in a shootout yet this tournament. Canada has. Italy did it last month though so we could still do it especially with a very good pen stopping keeper in Labbe
  4. Yeah I was thinking before the game I'd be ok with bev throwing a curveball and starting Viens and bringing in Sinc at HT but it's probably better to have younger legs come on (and Huitema has looked more sharp and positive than earlier games so far)
  5. Even outside the penalties, Fleming has been very good these last two games after struggling earlier in the tournament
  6. Just once I want to see Priestman be brave with her subs. Beckie has looked completely out of sorts all game. Bring on Leon or Rose at the half Sweden are good and efficient but if we beat the press in midfield they're vulnerable
  7. Fleming's best game of the tourney even before the perfect penalty Vanessa Gilles outstanding I'm too exhausted to fully celebrate but what a thrill
  8. I agree re: the usa. But we've been good. Tired as the half went on but we looked at our sharpest in the tournament so far. Beckie has to do better on corners but we look a legitimate threat. Defensively superb, Gilles especially. I take back saying Zadorsky should start, this pairing is more awkward but definitely on much better form I think we need to attack and score early in the second half
  9. That wasn't my point - if anything I think our players can be better than what they've shown so far It was probably an overly harsh post considering as you say they've made the Olympic semis again. Which means they're obviously doing something right. That said if they want to medal, they have to be much much better against the States
  10. FWIW I thought Sinc was comfortably our best player against Japan. She just doesn't have the legs to be that good as an everyday starter any more. She's played for two decades, so it shouldn't be a surprise. There's still a place for her on a good team, but her minutes have to be managed One of our biggest problems imho is our lack of actual width from our "wingers". Prince is a centre forward playing out wide, Beckie is slow and tends to want to tuck in, Leon is way less effective as a starter, Rose isn't as good a player as any of the above options. But this is really more a symptom of a larger problem. We don't seem to have any real coordinated and practiced attacking patterns, so the players tend to lose inspiration once a move fizzles out. At best, they'll generally move towards the centre of the pitch, and at worst they'll just be static. Either way it makes us entirely predictable. It doesn't help that most of our players have regressed, and not all of them due to age. Fleming in particular has had a bad tournament (I'd say all our England-based players have actually, which I find weird considering it's now clearly one of the world's top leagues) and is another big reason we lack creativity. And I'm not sure I'm comfortable with Lawrence moving to the midfield, since Jayde Riviere is another player who I think has regressed (she had a shocker against GB) Zadorsky kinda deserved to be dropped after her poor form but I think Buchanan and Gilles are too similar in style to play together. I'd put Shelina back in against the States and probably drop Gilles, even though Keisha hasn't been very good either It's difficult to see us beating the US, but we should be good enough to squeak by Australia for a third straight bronze (Sweden would be tougher). That would be a phenomenal achievement because the truth is I think these olympics will be our last run for a very long time. We just don't have enough talent being developed and nurtured to keep up with the rest of the world, Europe especially. Once Sinclair retires I think we'll be in for a rude awakening
  11. Lots to work on and I don't see us beating the US or Netherlands but making the semis for the third olympics in a row is an amazing achievement It didn't matter in the end but what was the point of Huitema subbing in as a winger (for another sub no less!) if she didn't even take a penalty? Not crazy about Nigel but Clare rules. Nothing pathetic about her Thank god this is the week I was off work
  12. Not gonna lie I'm relieved beckie won't be involved in a shootout because it sure looks like that's where we're headed
  13. We've had the best chance this half but Brazil have been better overall. We have zero creativity atm
  14. We are, on form and talent, firmly the third best team in the region right now. That can easily change once the qualifiers start of course, but I can't think of any argument for another concacaf team not name Mexico/USA looking better than us the past few months
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