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  1. rkomar

    Jessie Fleming

    The announcers mentioned that Fleming wasn't playing in tonight's game against WSU because she had already joined Team Canada for WCQ training. I guess that means we won't see her against Stanford next week, either.
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    Jessie Fleming

    I forgot to mention that LMU was tackling Fleming _hard_. She got her legs cut out from under her a couple of times. They didn't seem to go after anyone else with the same ferocity. I wonder if teams watched the Florida games and decided that taking Fleming out was a good strategy?
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    Jessie Fleming

    No word from Forgedias, so I'll give a brief summary. Jessie Fleming scored the first goal against Loyola Marymount U at about the 39 minute mark, after much possession and failed attacks by UCLA. She was subbed off for the rest of the game after that. UCLA had the game pretty much in hand from the start, and by about the 70 minute mark pretty much the whole bench was out on the pitch playing for UCLA. They ended up winning 3-0. Despite scoring, Fleming was a bit off, coughing up the ball quite often. In fact, the rest of the team seemed to avoid her during the attacks. Perhaps she's still feeling that twisted knee she got just before the international break. On a different note, Gabrielle Carle was playing outside back for FSU when they beat UCLA. She was pretty influential in the game in that position. I was used to seeing her as a forward when playing for Canada, so it came as a bit of a surprise. I wonder if she'll ever play outside back in the future for Canada, since Ashley Lawrence is usually in that position? Anyway, it's good to see her playing such an important role on such a successful NCAA team.
  4. Maybe taking a knee in football is like making a substitution late in a soccer game just to run more time off the clock.
  5. It doesn't have to be malicious to have bad consequences. You can cap tie someone just in case, and then never use them in retrospect. I say don't give anyone false hopes; cap tie them only if they fit into your plans and you're straight about what they need to achieve to make the team. I've seen plenty of posts advocating the cap-tying of anyone who exhibits any potential whatsoever. We've kind of sucked for a while and people are desperate for any advantage we can get. My opinion is that such a strategy will backfire, and we don't need it anyway.
  6. I'm a little disappointed by all this "cap tie" talk. It reeks of hoarding and lack of respect to the players. Why cap tie a player you'll never use again? Not for a positive reason. I like better the way things seem to be going for the team anyway: come and give yourself to something special coming up. We want players committed to making the national team as good as it can be. The rest can try something else.
  7. The World Cup is a global celebration of soccer. You're supposed to see representatives from all over, cheer for your team, cheer for the plucky underdogs, and watch with interest when different styles clash. Satisfying the whole world's soccer fans is just as important as finding the best team. You could put together a competition that had the best X ranked teams in the world, but it wouldn't be the same thing. I hear similar arguments about the Brier and Tournament of Hearts in curling. Incensed Albertans who believe their province should have three teams and the lesser provinces should be limited to one representative for all of them. And NO Northern Ontario! They don't appreciate that the tournaments are also a celebration of the national game, and that everyone should be invited to the party. In the end, there is only one champion. Is including more UEFA losers more important than including losers from other parts of the world?
  8. We have Costa Rica, Jamaica and Cuba in our group. CONCACAF have a brief article on the draw results: link
  9. rkomar

    Allstate Soccer Show

    Did anyone go specifically for the women's side of things? Is Herdman still staying connected somehow, or has he completely broken with the women? Maybe he doesn't want to step on any toes in public, but I have to think he would still be popular on the women's side.
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    Allstate soccer show roundup

    That last point needs to be expanded. In a fun way.
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    Jessie Fleming

    I definitely remember Annika Rodriguez being that way, but something changed mid-season last year, and she is much more aware of where her teammates are now. Perhaps she just needed to get better at dribbling without looking at the ball. She went on a nice scoring run after that, and really helped UCLA make it to the finals. She used to frustrate me so much, but now I look forward to her attacks. As far as the Stanford attack goes, one of the announcers in that last match was pointing out that they would carry the ball in on the wings and then slash in diagonally through the defense (either dribbling or passing). Since they're all very talented, they can read those plays well and play off each other very effectively, opening up holes in the defense. Holding up the ball with back to goal was only the second phase of the attack, if the first slashing phase bogged down. UCLA, like most teams, tends to cross the ball squarely from the wings, making it much easier to read by the defense. Hence, the lower number of goals scored. That said, UCLA is good at quickly pressing the other team in defense and recovering the ball, and if they can put the squeeze on the wingers quickly, maybe they can prevent a lot of those slashing attacks. I'll be really interested in seeing if they can slow down Sophia Smith that way. It won't be easy against her.
  12. Oh well, better luck next time (for her and for me).
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    Jessie Fleming

    I watched Stanford vs U. of San Francisco, and Stanford looks so good again. As if they didn't have enough firepower up front, they recruited Sophia Smith this year. UCLA just doesn't have the ability to penetrate defenses the way Stanford does. UCLA _is_ good at keeping possession, so maybe they can slow down Stanford's scoring by keeping the ball away from them. I look forward to that rematch in about a month, to see how UCLA tries to cope with Stanford. I wonder if that's the game that Stanford most misses Sullivan this year, for matching up against Fleming.
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    Jessie Fleming

    I thought Teagan Micah played really well. She is much improved over last year, and I think it's time to wipe that slate clean. She has worked on her weaknesses, and we should judge her on this season's performances. I don't think she will disappoint.
  15. According to twitter, Beckie scored in her first appearance at Man City. That had to feel good, considering that she didn't score at all for Sky Blue. I hope that's the first of many for her.
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