RIO 2016: Jessie Fleming need to show leadership and absolute focus vs Brazil today at bronze medal match. CBC at Olympics. 12 pm EST
Play higher on the field, not between her central defenders, but in distance to score. Then, we will get a new medal. Otherwise, Brazil will dance against us. The leadership comes now to this 18-year old from London, who knows how to run, has great technique, and it’s the face of Canadian women’s soccer.
Jessie Fleming, Buchanan, Lawrence, Rose, Beckie, play soccer today. Forget about physicality. It should be better motivator NBA superstar, also a high level soccer player, than St. Pierre, the UFC fighter on a cage. These were women that needed to show their skills against Germany, not a NHL tough guy type of soccer game. Buchanan run over Alexandra Popp, with the ball so far away for the German to score and scare anyone. From there, everything was lost: captain Christine Sinclair -unfortunately – has not performed in the last games, same for Wilkinson and Tancredi (though she scored bot in the round robin win over Germans). Only Mattheson showed that she was in the zone, but she played not many minutes in the second half of that game and still managed to have three goal-scoring opportunities. Her goal in London 2012 was the one who gave us Bronze medal.
It is difficult for a loyal coach as John Herdman to even think to step aside his greatest player under his tenure: Christine Sinclair. But if she is not able to perform and raise the team as a captain, Jessie Fleming must get the torch and play higher. We have defenders, creative and fast players as Fleming, Lawrence, Prince, Beckie, Rose, Belanger. Even Buchanan. If you are losing, you don’t send your goalkeeper (Labbé) to try to score a goal by what (header, foot, knee?). Better to switch Buchan to the midfielder to do actual pressing. Today, no pressing on the player, pressing to the ball, so Brazilian defenders and midfielders make real mistakes. It’s the only way to win.
Pictures: Canada vs Brazil, Monika Cordero, UNO Int’l News Service, COC Brazil, CSA
MATCH FOR GOLD: 4 pm EST, Germany vs Sweden