Canada played against Germany in an international friendly on Wednesday.
Canada went into the game hoping to rebound after a 3-0 defeat to the US on home soil earlier this month. John Herdman’s squad was filled with many familiar faces, including star striker Christine Sinclair and Diana Matheson.
Unfortunately for Canada, there aren’t too many positive things to talk about. The team’s defence did a fantastic job holding off the Germans in the first half. That being said, most of the game was spent in Canada’s half of the field.
This fact brings up the dilemma that has haunted Canada for quite a few years now. The lack of depth in Canada’s squad has led to far too many losses. Canadian fans will hide behind the fact that we have one of the best strikers in the women’s game in Christine Sinclair. But the she can’t do it all herself and, more importantly, she isn’t getting any younger.
I feel like a broken record bringing up this issue yet again. But these are the facts. All throughout the game, the Germans did a fantastic job using their pace to their advantage. The Canadian defence held them off for long periods of time. But as time progressed, the continued attack of the German’s young players forced turnovers, careless clearances, and costly fouls.
The Germans were given five corners in the first half alone. The Canadian’s chances were few and far between, and the Germans did a superb job covering Sinclair and Matheson. In the end, the Canadians lost the match by a goal to nil, and should consider themselves lucky that it wasn’t the blowout defeat it could’ve been.
After all the German’s out shot them 19-4, and had a total of 15 corner kick opportunities.
However, there were some positives to be taken away from this loss. First of all Erin Macleod solidified her position as the number one keeper for Canada by making several fantastic saves.
And although Diana Matheson didn’t score, she was involved in every one of the chances the team had to score. Also, young players like Melissa Buques and Racheal Melhado used their speed affectively at times as well.
I believe the challenge for Canada right now is finding players. That may seem like a simple task, but it’s not, and that’s what’s hurting Canada most.
They don’t have that injection of youth, speed or aggressiveness required to win matches. Herdman has proved that his system works. Now all he needs is a few younger players to come along side the more experienced players, learn from them and help balance out the roster.
I know finding players takes time, but I also hope that Herdman will give the younger players he has now more playing time. After all, sometimes all it takes is a different line-up to win a game.
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