After both teams had already punched their tickets to Tokyo this past Friday, both Canada and the US met in LA on Sunday, with a chance to win some silverware on the line. And despite a strong Canadian push, it would be the US who would triumph over 90 minutes, keeping the Canadian winless run against their neighbours at 19 years and running. It was … Continue reading California Reeling: The US continues 19-year unbeaten streak against Canada with 3-0 win in Olympic Qualifiers finale
With Michael Bradley injured for an expected four months, it presents a chance to a young Canadian to make his mark on MLS, this time being Toronto FC’s homegrown Liam Fraser. Well, that was not the plan. Toronto FC opened preseason this week, only to find out that captain Michael Bradley was still nursing an injury which he had picked up in the MLS Cup … Continue reading Middle Man: Canada’s Liam Fraser could take the reigns in Toronto’s midfield with Bradley injury
With Canada Soccer’s 2020 Men’s National team slate kicking off with a victory over Barbados this week, we look at some tactical ideas that they should carry over from 2019 to 2020, as they look to take the next step and join the elite of CONCACAF. In international football, tactics are a good way to offset deficiencies in talent throughout a team’s squad. Over the … Continue reading CanMNT Chalkboard Talk: 3 tactical ideas Canada Soccer should carry over from 2019 to 2020
With Erik Godoy looking set to return to the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2020, we look at the impact the Argentine had in his debut 2019 MLS season, and what his move can teach them ahead of the opening of the Winter Transfer Window. He might have already been in their midst, but the Whitecaps locked up their centre back solution this week. Just over a … Continue reading Godoy’s Plan: A look at Erik Godoy and why his signing is important for the Vancouver Whitecaps
With the opening of the MLS Free Agent period this week, we analyze some potential names that the Vancouver Whitecaps could look at, as they aim to acquire some MLS Experience ahead of 2020. MLS’s Free Agent Period opened earlier this week, giving out of contract players aged 28 and older, with 8+ years of MLS, experience under the belt, a chance to find a … Continue reading Thrift Shopping: A statistical look at some MLS free agents that the Vancouver Whitecaps could sign
With the results from CONCACAF Nations League now finalized, as Canada missed out on making the knockout stages on goal difference, they now turn their focus to qualifying for the Hex by next fall. Here is how that journey looks to be shaping up for them. The latest round of CONCACAF Nations League fixtures are now over, as the 2019 international slate wrapped up yesterday. … Continue reading What’s next for Canada Soccer on the path to the 2022 World Cup?
After looking at Adjusted Save Percentage back in August, as we looked to see how good Max Crepeau had been for the Whitecaps, we revisit the concept, as MLS teams prepare to make moves this offseason. Back in August, we took a stab at trying to see how good Maxime Crepeau had been for the Vancouver Whitecaps up to that point in the season, by … Continue reading Between The Sticks: Revisiting Adjusted Save Percentage and MLS goalkeepers
With Canada’s 4-1 loss against the US now behind us, we take a step back and break down how the game went from a tactical standpoint, as the US bounced back nicely from Canada’s tactical dominance in October.
Continue reading Canada vs USA Tactical Review: Plenty of lessons to be learned for Les Rouges in Orlando
Ahead of Canada vs USA, we break down both team’s tactics, and look forward to some matchups to watch. After a 1st game where tactics proved to play a huge role, there’s a lot to talk about heading into this one, so we’ll look at some of those talking points in this 2 part series. As the clock continues to tick, preparations are ramping up … Continue reading Canada vs USA in-depth tactical preview: What to expect from both teams in Orlando
After a busy period, with more still to come, we navigate through the Canada Soccer landscape in this edition of ‘Thursday Thoughts’. We look at the U17s tournament in Brazil, look ahead to the U23’s next year and set the table for both the Men and Women’s Senior National Team programs. It’s November, and it’s a busy time, at least for those who are fans … Continue reading Thursday Thoughts: Navigating through a busy period for Canada Soccer