Women’s Olympic Qualifying: Canada not fit or fast enoughJanuary 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Posted in General Football | 4 Comments
The thrill of qualifying for the Summer Olympic Games in London this summer was dampened somewhat by a 0-4 drubbing at the hands of a superb American squad at BC Place this evening in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament’s final match. Canada were clearly the inferior team, and coach John Herdman’s work is clearly cut out for him if the team is to be competitive in the Games.
Tonights match showed a number of things: the US team was, almost player for player, fitter, faster and stronger than our Women’s team. Coach Herdman needs to get our players to the fitness centre if we are to hope to compete for a medal in London. Our strength, speed and fitness must improve if we are to improve on our abysmal 2011 Women’s World Cup. If other team’s are technically superior, as a good number of the teams in London will be, we must be fitter and faster in order to compete with them.
It happened time and time again during the match that Canadian defenders were left for dead by much faster American players. The first goal by Alex Morgan saw her sprint past one of our defenders and then shrug off another as she made her way to goal. On the American’s team’s second goal, Canada’s defenders were left huffing and puffing in the wake of the American forwards, seemingly too slow and tired to react properly.
Because they were less fit and fast, Canada’s players time and time again ended up fouling the Americans to try to slow them down. If the referee called the game properly, we should have had many more yellows than we did. Only striker Christine Sinclair and our dynamic little number 11 Desiree Scott (of the Vancouver Whitecaps) looked as though they were anywhere near as fit and fast as the US team.
If Friday night’s victory over Mexico was a time to celebrate and dream, Sunday night was the time to wake up: our squad needs a lot more fitness and strength training if we are to make a dent in London this summer.