Lack Of Scoring Concerns Canada’s Olympic Soccer Team
While the Canadian women’s soccer team has had a fairly respectable season of three wins, two losses and two draws, there has been a worrying lack of scoring. Overall, the team has managed to score just six goals over the course of seven games. Even more troubling is the fact that Christine Sinclair has been unable to score in her previous eight appearances representing Canada. This dates back to February of last year.
With the Tokyo Olympics around the corner, bringing home a gold or silver medal might not be possible for this team that has been struggling to score goals and is clearly lacking the creativity needed when it comes to attacking.
Team Canada Should Be On The Podium
Bev Priestman, the team’s coach, inherited a side that brought home back-to-back bronze Olympic medals. This was while John Herdman was the coach. Should the team bring back another bronze, it would mark an unprecedented achievement. However, Priestman began her tenure as coach by setting a much higher bar.
She has previously said that a team like Canada should be up on the podium. She added that she wants to change the colour of the medal. While two bronzes are an impressive feat, she believes that in order to move forward, the team needs to aim higher. Priestman also expressed her belief in the team, stating that the goals will come because the team will be more clinical in its playing.
While the Canadian women’s soccer team does struggle to score goals, it also has strong defence. With players like Kadeisha Buchanan and Shelina Zardorsky on the team, Canada has a robust defence duo in its arsenal. Furthermore, Ashley Lawrence and Allysha Chapman are experienced fullbacks and excellent two-way players, while Kailden Sheridan and Stephanie Labbé make for formidable goalkeepers.
The Olympic roster is limited to just 18 players, whereas World Cup teams are allowed to carry 23 players. This means that Priestman will have to rotate through her squad a bit more than usual once they get to Tokyo. When a team has fewer players to choose from, having a host of players who are able to slot into multiple positions is a huge commodity. Thankfully, Priestman’s team has more than a few who fit the profile. This is the kind of versatility that can give Team Canada a decided edge at the games.