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 Canada friendlies 2013
hobbes
Posted: Jan 24 2013, 12:46 AM


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Hirschfeld looks like he might be out for the friendlies this week. He hasn't trained and has back pain.

Something I hadn't considered: we called a midfield full of triers and blood and guts kind of guys and Colin Miller loves those guys. But that could be bad for our opponents. It sounds like Fresenga got kicked out of the training session yesteday and Dunfield probably would have seen straight red for one of his challenges on Fresenga. This is in training! What are they going to be like against one of our biggest rivals? Gomez also took a knock and Fresenga took more than one bad challenge.

Miller started Stillo, Henry, Attakora, Jakovic, Morgan; Ledgerwood, Dunfield, Bekker, Teibert; DeRo and Ricketts. Straight 4-4-2. It sounds like Bekker is playing well as a No. 10.

Miller did say he was going to use everyone as well. So we'll see.

I'll post against after the Denmark game Saturday.

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Posted: Jan 24 2013, 10:54 PM


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Not sure where else to put this, but Jon DeGuzman got called up for the Dutch for their friendly against Italy. I'm a little surprised, but it doesn't really change anything. Beyond making is seem less likely than it did (and after we missed the hex it seemed awfully unlikely) that he would do what was needed to become eligible for us again.

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Posted: Jan 26 2013, 09:31 PM


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Denmark 4 Canada 0

It was officially the Denmark League XI as opposed to the national team, but considering who we brought it’s a low-grade friendly by any name. And this wasn’t a bad Denmark team at all. Midfielders Sloth and Lorentzen both started in their last friendly. Three of their back four were in that squad (and Okore started) and the left back Kirkeskov started in their last qualifier.

Dennis Rommedahl captained the team and started and Andreas Cornelius started up front. Cornerlius is 6-4, 19-years-old and has three goals in three senior caps and 14 goals with FC Copenhagen this season...

I actually called the Canadian XI, when does that ever happen? We started:

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--Henry-----Attakora-----Jakovic-----Morgan
Ledgerwood--Dunfield----Bekker-------Teibert
--------------------DeRosario
---------------------Ricketts

We were not good, but we started really well. Morgan made a nice tackle on Rommedahl, played his way out of trouble, played a one-two with Teibert down the wing and sent a very dangerous cross in that was half cleared to DeRosario who had 10 yards of space when the ball fell to him in the area and he managed to hit a Danish defender with his shot. That was about two minutes in and was about as good as it got.

At 8, Rommedahl made a nice run into a channel and crossed to the back post where Cornerlius scored with an easy header across back across the face of goal.

In the 10th Lorentzen ran a pick and roll where he blocked Dunfield off to give Jorgensen some room, three defenders (yes three, sigh) closed down Jorgensen who then slid the ball into space where Lorentzen scored on a clean break.

In the 35th Okore hit the bar on a corner and Cornelius scored on the rebound. He netted his hat trick goal in the second half when he pulled off of the marking of Jakovic and just stabbed Kirkeskov’s cross off the post and in. It was the faintest of flicks and it was a perfect shot. This kid could be special. He’s huge and he’s got some talent. We sucked, but I was pretty impressed. Kirkeskov got forward really well too. I wasn’t paying attention to always know which Dane in the midfield was doing what, but they had some good players out there. I expected Mexico to have no problem with them, but they weren’t bad at all.

There wasn’t much to take from this from our perspective. Hirschfeld made a great stop on a breakaway, otherwise Denmark scored on the three real chances they had in the first half.

Morgan played pretty well. He was dangerous getting forward and did decently defensively. The whole back four got pulled and stretched (and they were better in the second half. I think the fact that they’re in the off-season really showed at the start), but Jakovic was the worst. He has always been bad for charging out to close people down and leaving space behind him, but he was all over the place today. Henry was the same, but he trying to cover for everyone else and didn’t look ready for this level. Attakora made some mistakes, but generally played fine. He wasn’t really at fault on any of the goals and he got kicked in the head, but soldiered on.

Dunfield and Bekker were awful. When Dunfield had all day to something with the ball be put in a couple of really nice balls into dangerous spaces, but it was too little, too late. He won little and every time he’s under any pressure he plays the ball backwards. Bekker was invisible early and once he played farther forward in the second half he had a little more going on. Still, he didn’t impose himself on the game in any way and showed none of the good passing or vision I’ve been reading about since the MLS combine. I was hoping for more.

Teibert had a few nice moments in attack, but was poor defensively. Ledgerwood worked hard and won some balls, but did nothing offensively. DeRo didn’t see much of the ball all game and then tried to do too much when he got it. Ricketts was poor. Okore and Dalsgaard won everything in the air and Ricketts did nothing with the ball when he got it.

We played a chunk of the second half with the same back four and:

Davies----Beaulieu-Bourgault----Ledgerwood----Porter
--------------------Ricketts----James

Davies was disappointing and quiet. JBB added little. Ledgerwood was a little more useful disrupting in the middle, but it was 4-0 at that point and the Danes weren’t pressing much. Porter played like a left-footed Ledgerwood and ran alll over the place and won a couple of balls out of sheer hustle. He hit a decent shot too, one of our few half-chances. I’ve never minded him. I thought Vancouver should have kept him. He’s not terribly gifted, but he’s big, he has pace and he works hard. If we didn’t have so much depth on the left side I think he might deserve more time, but we’ll see how he plays this season in the USL.

James has quick feet, a nice first touch and no end product. He looks like he should be good, but isn’t.

In the last four minutes Masson Trafford came on at LB, Morgan moved into the midfield and Porter moved up top for Ricketts. Trafford didn’t go anything worthy of comment.

One of the only highlights was Simon Thomas’ debut in goal. He played the second half and looked solid. A couple of times he came out very far and very aggressively off of his line and made me nervous, but he made it work. He was vocal, he was confident in his decision making and he made a pair of nice reaction saves to well-hit balls from just outside the area. He had no chance on the goal he gave up and looked solid in the air. I was hoping to see Stillo, but Thomas looked not bad. He’s hoping to be No. 3 in Vancouver and I think he should get that job. A loan to the USL or even some games in the reserves should help him.

I don’t know why we played the back four as long as we did. There is precious little creativity or talent in the midfield. It could be a long night on Tuesday. I think the back four started to look a little better once they found their feet, but even then they weren’t great.

I think Morgan and Attakora didn’t hurt their chances, but neither should start. Jakovic hurt his chances to start and I think Dunfield didn’t look like he has a lot to offer in the midfield. Ledgerwood looked like a depth player and so did Ricketts. Henry didn’t look ready, neither did Teibert, though they looked like they had potential. Jonke has a knock and Fresenga isn’t totally fit either.

So now in four matches with Colin Miller as caretaker manager we are 0-4 and have been out-scored 15-3.

cheers,
hobbes


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Posted: Jan 27 2013, 02:38 PM


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So now in four matches with Colin Miller as caretaker manager we are 0-4 and have been out-scored 15-3.


Wow, and looking at the 8-1 loss to Honduras in Hart's last match in charge and the once solid Canadian defense is not doing itself any favors.

How long before Andreas "Yukon" Cornelius gets a trasfer to a club outside of Denmark? I'd say not long at all.

Denmark goes on to face Mexico on Wednesday in Phoenix while canada as we know plays the US in Houston on Tuesday.
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Posted: Jan 28 2013, 11:37 AM


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Canada v US in the Randy Quaid derby! laugh.gif

I guess Miller is not relly doing himself any chances for getting the job on a fulltime basis with his current record. Any chance Canada will have a full time coach by the time of the Gold Cup?
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Posted: Jan 28 2013, 12:01 PM


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QUOTE (Sammy Maudlin @ Jan 28 2013, 11:37 AM)
Canada v US in the Randy Quaid derby! laugh.gif

I guess Miller is not relly doing himself any chances for getting the job on a fulltime basis with his current record. Any chance Canada will have a full time coach by the time of the Gold Cup?

Let Cousin Eddie stay in Vancouver!

Canada you owe it to the US after the US took in Alan Thicke! laugh.gif

With World Cup qualifying for Russia not starting until 2016, Canada have some time to name a coach. Time to get it right and get their house in order.


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Posted: Jan 28 2013, 04:07 PM


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Maybe I'm hopelessly naive, but it's not possible that someone as hapless as Colin Miller was ever really in the running. At least I think not.

We're not particularly blessed in the back these days, but as Hart's group showed cohesion can go a long way. But eventually a lack of quality will be found out.

I am expecting a manager to be named well before the Gold Cup. I expect a tune-up friendly and then a good look at the pool for someone new and in charge.

Martin> if you would stop making the wrong Canadians famous, you wouldn't need to keep them. You get Celine Dion because it's mostly your fault she's relevant. Though I don't mean you personally, obviously.

Apparently FCK said they were keeping Cornelius until the end of the season, but surely he moves in the summer.

So Hirschfeld went to back to Europe today due to his back injury. Either Stillo or Thomas gets thrown to the wolves. They spent a day in training and in the video room working on the defending. Fresenga and Jonke both passed a fitness test today.

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Posted: Jan 29 2013, 12:06 PM


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Well to be fair hobbes Canada did send John Candy and Eugene Levy to the US, so you have that going for you! wink.gif

Hopefully Canada can name a new manager soon and seriously start getting to work in prepping a team for 2018 qualifying. This Gold Cup would be a good place to start.


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Posted: Jan 29 2013, 08:39 PM


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Better defensive work from Canada tonight versus the US than they showed vs Denmark. Kyle Bekker looks like he could become a pretty good player.
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Posted: Jan 29 2013, 10:06 PM


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I agree about Bekker and Ledgerwood and Jakovic also put in a good night's work. DeRosario also looks recovered from his injuries, he still is going to be Canada's leader it seems going into the Gold Cup.
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Posted: Jan 30 2013, 11:35 AM


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I thought that was a pretty terrible game, but there were some good things to take away from it.

I thought Jakovic was fantastic. That was as good as I've seen him play internationally in a year or two. He won 1v1 battles in the box without fouling against Wondolowski and Eddie Johnson and made very few errors. He was even good in the air.

I thought Attakora was solid again. A few mistakes, but not a bad run of two games.

Morgan didn't get forward as much as I would have liked, but he was solid defensively again. He was maybe slightly better against Denmark, but not bad.

DeRo was back to his old self. Ledgerwood did what he does and I think there's room for a guy who can run all day and has some pace to break things up. Right now I like him ahead of Dunfield and Beaulieu-Bourgault and whoever else fits that role. That being said I thought JBB was quietly effective.

Ricketts looks better wide and I think he did decently trying to deal with Morrow's pace. But he was very quiet in attack and didn't show me much.

I wasn't all that impressed with Bekker again. He was better in a more attacking role, but I don't think he's there yet. Late in the game he had a ton of time and looked to play the right ball and switch the attack to a wide open Stinson. But he put the pass behind Stinson's run and shorted it and turned it into a hospital ball. Even when he had time he didn't make much happen. He thinks the game well though. I'd like to see more of him after a season in MLS.

I thought Stinson did okay for a guy pretty far down the depth. We're desperate for rightbacks and I think he's a better midfielder, but it wasn't a bad debut off the bench. Not great, but not terrible.

I was disappointed Simon Thomas didn't get more work. It's kind of incredible to think he was barely tested. He ran out to the edge of his area for no reason again and he's terrifying on back passes (though do we really have to make a 30-yard backpass to a kid who has never played a professional game in the first place?), but I didn't see much negative out of him in 135 mins so far.

Hopefully the matches and the training sessions gave us a better idea of what these guys can do and we have a bit of an idea about the domestic pool going forward.

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Posted: Mar 14 2013, 01:34 PM


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Canada announced the roster for our camp and friendlies in Qatar. We are playing Japan and Belarus in Qatar on March 22 and 25.

Tony Fonseca will be in the interim head coach.

Goalkeepers: Milan Borjan, Sivasspor (TUR), Tomer Chencinski, Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR).
Defenders: David Edgar, Burnley FC (ENG), André Hainault, Ross County (SCO), Dejan Jakovic, DC United (US), Adam Straith, FC Saarbrucken (GER), Marcel de Jong, FC Augsburg (GER), Ashtone Morgan, Toronto FC (CAN).
Midfielders: Kyle Bekker, Toronto FC (CAN), Samuel Piette, Fortuna Dusseldorf (GER), Julian de Guzman, SSV Jahn Regensburg (GER), Atiba Hutchinson, PSV Eindhoven (NED), Will Johnson, Portland Timbers (US), Nik Ledgerwood, Hammarby (SWE), Pedro Pacheco, CD Santa Clara (POR), Issey Nakajima-Farran, AEK Larnaca FC (CYP).
Forward: Stefan Cebara, Nogometni Klub Celje (SVN), Randy Edwini-Bonsu, Eintracht Braunschweig (GER), Marcus Haber, Stevenage FC (ENG), Simeon Jackson, Norwich City FC (ENG), Tosaint Ricketts, Sandnes Ulf (NOR).

Chencinski is the really nice call-up. I’m glad to see him involved. There was a worry that Edwini-Bonsu was upset with the program or something, so it’s good to see him called in too. Plus we could use him. I don’t think Haber or Cebara have done much to warrant a call-up, but they’re both young (I think Cebara is 21, Haber just turned 24) and may help fill the gaping target forward void we have without Occéan.

I would have liked to have seen Lucas Cavallini called in from Uruguay. If we’re calling MLS guys in (though only a few, Toronto FC doesn’t play that week, so I think that’s why Bekker and Morgan got called), why not give Cavallini another look.

I’m a little surprised by Issey and Pacheco, but it would be nice for Issey to get a run out against Japan. Still both are 28yo fringe players. I don’t see much role for them moving forward. I guess we could say the same about Ledgerwood who is also 28.

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Japan named their team for Friday's friendly and their qualifier against Jordan. They're missing CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda and Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo.

Goalkeepers - Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)

Defenders - Yuichi Komano (Jubilo Iwata), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Yuzo Kurihara (Yokohama F Marinos), Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata), Atsuto Uchida (Schalke), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover), Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart)

Midfielders - Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Kengo Nakamura (Kawasaki Frontale), Makoto Hasebe (Wolfsburg), Hajime Hosogai (Bayer Leverkusen), Hideto Takahashi (FC Tokyo)

Forwards — Ryoichi Maeda (Jubilo Iwata), Shinji Okazaki (Stuttgart), Mike Havenaar (Vitesse Arnhem), Takashi Inui (Eintracht Frankfurt), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nuremberg), Yuki Otsu (VVV Venlo).

I would expect their starters to get a run out for the first half at least so it should be a very stiff test for us.

I guess we'll see what the news is as we arrive in Qatar, but I would expect a pretty veteran and close to full strength 11. I'd guess at: Borjan; Edgar, Hainault, Jakovic, DeJong; Johnson, DeGuzman, Hutchinson; Ricketts, Jackson, Nakajima-Farran.

With no DeRo and Josh Simpson still recovering, the left side is pretty unsure, but failing Issey starting, DeJong could play farther forward and Morgan could start in the back.

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With no DeRo and Josh Simpson still recovering, the left side is pretty unsure, but failing Issey starting, DeJong could play farther forward and Morgan could start in the back.


I don't know about you hobbes but that is what I would like to see from Canada. Morgan is the future at left back and needs the experience of playing against a team of Japan's quality while why not play DeJong farther up the field?
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I'd like to see a more settled lineup for Japan and more experimentation (I'd like to see Piette, Bekker, Chencinski, both target forwards, etc) for Belarus.

Morgan may well be the future, but De Jong should be the present. And he really hasn't played much for us lately. Credit Ante Jazic for being in the form of his life last cycle, but I think De Jong could use the time too. That being said I'm fine with both of them playing if that's how we decide to go.

We aren't going to get a lot of prep for the Gold Cup and I wouldn't mind us having a pretty close to full 11 play a team of Japan's calibre. There is a mentality that we should jettison everyone over a certain age and start fresh, but that's doing a disservice to the younger players and right now I see no reason why Hutchinson, DeRo and DeGuzman can't still contribute.

We look to be playing Costa Rica in Edmonton in May. They might be one of the few teams that's fine with playing on fake grass and it will be good to see the nats in the west for a change. I can't remember the last time I drove to a match. smile.gif

cheers,
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