Canada Beats Usa In Olympic Warmup
10 – I just learned that in the hexagonal, Jamaica score once every four hours, or as DC United call it: goals coming in buckets. 16 Beasley with a nice steal and shot thats the first actual effort expended in this match. The USA are in full meh mode. 17 Johansson shoots wide. Im not worried about Johanssons finishing. Ive learned two things from YouTube: 1) Johansson can finish, and 2) Kittens + empty paper bag = adorable. 26 – Its obvious that the USA arent super-motivated for this match. Thats understandable; the job is done. And they have major commitments to their club teams, who sign their paychecks. Lets remember that these players are playing basically for free tonight. Lets just hope that the air traffic controllers who are working for free during the government shutdown are doing a better job. 32 – Maybe that laid-back Jamaican attitude is rubbing off on the US players. Or maybe they listened to Bob Marley and partook in some mood-enhancement medicine (were only one state over from Colorado!) before the match. Because our guys are moving pretty slowly.
USA flourishing under Klinsmann
“We kind of floundered a little bit early on but we’ll get there,” Stone said. “The good news is we came on as the game went on. We scored two goals, we put a ton of pressure on them at the end We need to start faster.” Canada had the edge in offensive zone time in a scoreless first period, netted two goals in the second and pushed the lead to 3-0 early in the third. The USA broke through with a two-player advantage power play goal at mid-third, cut the deficit to one with 5:31 remaining and drove hard to the finish. Those final minutes included not only several good USA chances but a skirmish that earned two players on each team five-minute roughing majors and game misconducts after USA forward Jocelyne Lamoureux collided with Canada goalie Shannon Szabados at 16:53. Szabados sprawled on the ice and her teammates came to her defense, setting off a lengthy tussle in the corner. “It happens from time to time,” said longtime Canadian team member Hayley Wickenheiser of the scuffle, recalling a 2010 incident. In the first period, Canada had a 5-4 edge in shots that failed to reflect its territorial control. The USA’s game was disjointed but the Americans’ speed still led to a couple of quality chances that Szabados (15 saves) rejected. Ouellette sent Canada into a 1-0 lead at 4:16 of the second, converting Jayna Hefford’s cross-slot power play pass. Only 1:21 later, Bailey Bram knocked in Canada’s second goal during a goal-mouth scrum.
For “style” to be a focus, one would want to see how the U.S. is winning games rather than if they are winning. The U.S. have started to play a much more beautiful, and attack-minded game that has caught many teams by surprise. Prior to Klinsmann, the U.S. focused on putting solid athletes on the field that could keep up with the pace of play, and were committed to defending for a large majority of the game. As this transition continues, and Klinsmann has placed his mark on the team more and more, it is evident that the team has started moving the ball in a much more fluid manner through the field with more ability and skill than ever before to attack and take players on from winged positions. This benefits certain forwards such as Eddie Johnson and Jozy Altidore who have fullyembraced the Klinsmann message and claims he sees a big difference. Altidore was asked about the influence of Klinsmann and quickly replied : “We have grown. A new coach has come in with new ideas. We have bought into them and jelled around them.” Both Altidore and Johnson have been finding the net at alarming rates due to the new pace of play, and style that opens up wingers to whip balls in to the in-form strikers.This is all great news for a team that has already booked their tickets to theBrazil 2014with one qualification match remaining. Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/130seMa DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia.