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CanMNT Chalkboard Talk: 3 tactical ideas Canada Soccer should carry over from 2019 to 2020

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

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Friendly Fire: Analyzing Canada Soccer's CANMNT 2020 scheduling and formation questions

With Canada yet to organize any friendlies, along with the consistent Alphonso Davies at left back conundrum, we set out to answer both when and how Canada might play when the calendar flips to 2020. When will the friendlies arrive? It’s been quiet on the Canada Men’s National Team front as of late, with no news to report on any 2020 friendlies, as there doesn’t … Continue reading Friendly Fire: Analyzing Canada Soccer's CANMNT 2020 scheduling and formation questions

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Thursday Thoughts Mailbag: 2020 Whitecaps expectations and signings, MLS talk and more 

In this edition of Thursday Thoughts, we open things up for a mailbag, as we set out to answer some burning questions that were sent to us ahead of today.  Welcome back to another edition of ‘Thursday Thoughts’, a column where we look to take a look around at what’s going on in the Canada Soccer, Whitecaps and CPL world. Today, we open things up … Continue reading Thursday Thoughts Mailbag: 2020 Whitecaps expectations and signings, MLS talk and more 

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Canada vs USA Tactical Review: Plenty of lessons to be learned for Les Rouges in Orlando 

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.
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Lock it down: What has Canada done to improve defensively ahead of 2nd USA clash? 

After a rocky defensive outing at this summer’s Gold Cup, where a meltdown against Haiti denied them an opportunity to take on Mexico, Canada has shown strong defensive improvements these past few months. What has changed? In this one, we set out to answer that question. Defence wins championships.  It’s an age-old adage, but it is one that still holds value today, as defending remains … Continue reading Lock it down: What has Canada done to improve defensively ahead of 2nd USA clash? 

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Ranking Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team squad ahead of 2nd USA clash by “Surprise Rating” 

With the recent release of the Canada  squad, as they prepare to take on the US in a pivotal CONCACAF Nations League clash, here is our breakdown of the team, as we go over the selections by allocating a ‘Surprise Rating’ to each player.  Another camp, another squad announcement. Like the international break’s version of a trade deadline, team selection decisions often bringing surprises and … Continue reading Ranking Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team squad ahead of 2nd USA clash by “Surprise Rating” 

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Canada vs USA in-depth tactical preview: What to expect from both teams 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

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Samuel Piette: The midfield rampart offering steady hand to still-growing Canadian team

Against the US, Canada had some dominant performances from the midfield, including from Samuel Piette, who continues to be a rock for both club and country.  While the attackers usually hog the spotlights on this Canadian Men’s National Team, the midfield got a lot of due praise against the US last week, as they rode to a 2-0 performance thanks to a strong showing from … Continue reading Samuel Piette: The midfield rampart offering steady hand to still-growing Canadian team

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Overloads, presses and quick passes: How Canada vs USA shaped up from a tactical standpoint

After Canada took out the US in a huge victory on Tuesday, we look at what happened to tactically to allow that to happen, as Canada managed to get a strategic upper-hand over their neighbours. In a battle of what seemed like David vs Goliath, at least on paper, Canada showed the US they were closer to the latter than they are to the former, … Continue reading Overloads, presses and quick passes: How Canada vs USA shaped up from a tactical standpoint

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“We’ve got a mission here” Test vs US big roadblock in long highway as Canada looks to return to World Cup 

John Herdman spoke to reporters on Wednesday, as his team is in the midst of a week-long camp, one that culminates with a huge clash against CONCACAF giants and their neighbours, the US.  After what has felt like a journey down a long, winding road these past few months, Canada’s Men’s National Team are now only a few days away from taking on the US, … Continue reading “We’ve got a mission here” Test vs US big roadblock in long highway as Canada looks to return to World Cup