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    Long time supporter of the Women's national team. I wrote a few articles for Canada Soccer Magazine and organized the shirt signing thing for the 1999 Womens World Cup team. Now I'm teaching my own daughter about soccer.
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  1. It looks like England is the place to be for Canadian strikers. I am very happy for both Leon and Beckie that they can play for clubs that are truly professional. The NWSL seems like another sinking ship right now.
  2. That's my daughter... "How was school?" "Good" aaannd??
  3. Nice video, I can only imagine how Beckie feels going from a one shower trailer and cow pasture in New Jersey to playing in the academy stadium and using the same training facilities as a Premier League side. Wow!
  4. Unfortunately not so. She subbed in late and fired one in to the side netting. Still good to be in the match and a 4-0 win is a great start. Beats playing for Sky Blue. > ...and the Foxes were almost punished as substitute and new recruit Janine Beckie sliced a shot the wrong side of the post.
  5. It's not that I don't appreciate Fleming, but she is another example of an early bloomer. She was on the National team at 15. Honestly, if you're not on the team by 15 it seems you may as well give up, at least if you are a Canadian who grew up here. If you have dual Canadian you can get noticed in the NCAA, but it sure seems you better be streamed in to the national program by 13. It's not just for the women, though, look at Alphonso Davies. At 15 he likely needed to shave more often than me. My son, at 14, hasn't hit the hard parts of puberty yet. And my daughter is 10, in the developmental stream at her club, but as a smallish 10 year old she is being dropped a level despite having a lot more skill and a more developed kick than many of the much bigger girls in the "A" stream. She can't compete with their speed and aggression. Maybe I'm just sensitive because of her but I do think Canadian development is based more on a win-now attitude that discards a lot of talent that isn't ready at the first blush of teen-hood.
  6. I don't know what to think, but I fear you might be right. The golden days may be dying. I remember when Sinclair burst upon the scene just after the disaster that was the '99 World Cup (why she didn't get selected...). I remember the end of Charmaine Hooper's career, going out knowing the team was only getting better. There were some hiccups on the way, sure, but we had good coaching for a lot of years under Even Pellerud and John Herdman (let's forget the Carolina Morace interregnum), but we have also cycled in a consistent stream of serviceable players. Still, we have no new Sinclair, and while that might be asking a bit much, I can't name anyone who is even close to her level. Other countries are catching up and somehow seem to find high level replacements for their retiring heroes. I just don't see that player coming out of our youth squads yet, and I have to ask where is our player development? Sinclair wasn't a result of the CSA, she came through youth clubs and provincial squads. Our next great hope, Kara Lang, flamed out in injury, and since then who has there been? In more than a decade we haven't produced a single serious offensive threat (except Sydney Leroux, right?). We have poached a couple from the US college programs, but we haven't developed anyone in that role. That's scary, and it also makes me question our coaching philosophy. Are we stifling our best and most creative girls? Are we failing to identify those players in favour of more "athletic" girls? I'd suggest the latter based on the teams I have seen. The "best" teams are full of tall, athletic early bloomers, with speed and physicality and utterly lacking any creativity. And why would they be creative? They're big and strong! They can play a system and win. Jordyn Huitema is exhibit A. She's tall and strong but I haven't seen anything that really impresses me. And where are the smaller players, the creative midfielders? I hope we didn't lose all of them because they didn't hit puberty fast enough to be noticed, and quit.
  7. https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/45134558 I know this is being discussed in the old Janine Beckie thread but I think this deserves its own topic. That's pretty bloody awesome for her, moving from the dumpster fire that is Sky Blue to one of the best football organisations in the world! Now I have to buy a Man City Jersey, and that kinda hurts...
  8. Patrick

    2018 NWSL Season

    Disappointing but hardly surprising. The NWSL is a complete mess right now, and you have to feel for the Canadians stuck in the hell hole that is SkyBlue. Why would an MLS team want to spend money rescuing a dumpster fire like that? https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/sports/2018/07/26/sky-blue-soccer-controversy/838208002/
  9. ... and had a field named for her in her home town of Maple Ridge :-)
  10. Or his team gets promoted. Swansea is just down so hopefully they have plan to pull a Newcastle and pop right back up. I might be biased being a Swansea fan, though.
  11. Milan Borjan is a transfer target for Swansea City, West Brom, and Bristol City
  12. That goal is the result of a break down the middle where Labbe has to protect the centre of the goal, whereupon Rebecca Quinn makes a perfect and completely unexpected "pass" to Huth, forcing Labbe to her move quickly to her left, whereupon Huth pounds it first time to her right. Did Labbe overplay it? Possibly. Was the defence utter shite? Yup. I'd hardly use that goal to say she's terrible. Here's the Video Was the German keeper any better on Fleming's goal?
  13. Patrick

    U.S. Virgin Islands vs Canada Sunday September 9th

    Did you read what I quoted? We have posters advocating we call up players just to cap-tie them to Canada, not because they are good enough, not because the Senior team wants to make a commitment to them, but rather to make sure they can't go play for another country. It's a shitty attitude that will make promising players avoid a call up if they have any other options. Maybe we should try to build a program players want to commit to rather than being sneaky bitches trying to trick players in to "marrying" Canada.
  14. Patrick

    U.S. Virgin Islands vs Canada Sunday September 9th

    Really? Do you also suggest girls get pregnant to make sure the good boys can't leave? Does this make young players want to play for Canada or does it make them wary of the motives behind a call up? We can do better than that.
  15. Patrick

    Canada vs Germany in Hamilton June 10th

    Weird, I thought we were told not to worry about winning at the U20 tournament, that's why our better eligible players didn't go, but they are (possibly) holding back a player like Huitema for the U17 tourney that should be playing for the WNT?