On their way to the Sheffields Cup Final, the Canadian women’s soccer team focuses on being patient and ruthless.
The two features may look different, but Canada will need equal parts for both to compete against Brazil on Wednesday evening (4 PM ET).
At this point in the four-team tournament in Orlando, Florida, Coach Bev Priestman is struggling. First, the United States lost 1-0 to the rivals, and the Canadians conceded no goal until the 79th minute, then Argentina won 1-0 on aggregate, despite the match being thwarted due to the fragile pace.
Midfielder Sophie Schmidt, who joined Canada recently in 201, said, “We need to improve our patience and build from the back … Make sure you find our players, but be too dangerous when we get to the third attack.”
“I think we were a bit neglectful in our passes, we had to put people’s feet up and then shoot towards the goal and score some goals.
“It’s an easy recipe, but it’s very difficult to implement.”
Now, on Wednesday, Brazil’s well-known competitor, Canada, won 2-1 in the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The two teams last met 11 months ago, this time the Canadian team will be very different.
Neither Kristin Sinclair nor Diana Matheson (both miss an injured Sheffields), nor Cathisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence and Jordin Hotima (they have not been released from the club).
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List your challenges
The challenges on the list don’t stop there. Goalkeeper Kylan Sheridan was injured in the first minutes of the match. Quinn, who was very strong in midfield against the Americans, was injured during training and will be re-evaluated before the match against Brazil. Central defender Vanessa Gill, one of Canada’s most important players in the opening match, has returned to her club FC Girondin de Bordeaux as part of the pre-match contract.
The aforementioned list of challenges, and the steady form of competition, increasingly forced Priestman’s hand to play with younger players, which is not a bad thing. Indeed, one of them, a second-half substitute, Sarah Stradicakis, scored the winning goal against Argentina on Sunday.
Another positive aspect is that four players, Evelyn Vince, Jordin Listro, Jade Rose and Samantha Chang, won their first international matches in the tournament. Only goalkeeper Riley Foster has yet to make his debut.
However, despite all the demands, creating good chances and scoring goals is still an important point.
In Canada’s last five matches, Canada has scored just three goals since the French Tournoi Championship last March. The two tied 2-2 with Brazil on March 10, 2020. The other was against Argentina at the weekend.
Priestman said it’s important to believe in the process, even if you want to see more balls at the bottom of the grid. The team is back after only about a year, and there are many new faces and partnerships starting to fit in.
“It will come and it will take time,” he said after the match against Argentina. “[As a] As a team, we did extra work at the end of the training to have the strikers repeat and things like that. We do everything we can. The team knows that. ”
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No fatal instinct, no Sinclair
Without Sinclair and his 186 international goals, the question is who will find this fatal intuition when confronted with a target.
Some of the good chances Canada created in the Sheffields Cup were not the final pass or the final goal. John Peck, holder of 31 goals for Canada, had two golden chances in the six-yard area against the United States, while Jesse Fleming had two chances to score goals against Argentina, Nickel Prince was alive in both matches, but he did. Made. Do not register.
However, as Priestman said, it seemed that it was only a short while before everything went well, and they focused on moving the ball faster, striking less, and finding the pass forward.
“The team must continue to believe and pay whatever is necessary to win,” he said. “I think when they enter this match with Brazil, I hope they have the mentality to take it to Brazil. I realized that we did it from the start against the United States.”
Brazil is more defensive
Like Canada, Brazil also has a new technologist, but he has a lot of experience in this field. After a disappointing start in the World Cup Round of 16, Pia Sundaki dominated the team in July 2019. The former American and Swedish coach brought a high defense system to the club known for his devastating offensive attacks with players like Marta and Debenha but the defense was not the third.
“His shape is very difficult,” Priestman said. “They are dangerous on counterattacks, so we have to focus on the game again and it will be difficult to win. I think they definitely have some threats. They are a difficult team to play.”
Schmidt added: “We have seen them many times and know each other very well and I think this year will be a good match and we will prove our place as a team.
“They are a great team, very tactical, smart, with great legs and I think they will be fighting again.
“I’m looking forward to it.”