2019-2020 CONCACAF Nations League

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Polygong, Mar 28, 2019.

  1. Polygong

    Polygong Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Now that the draw has been made, might as well have its own thread.

    So we've drawn into Group A with the USA and Cuba (interesting combo...).

    I think we're pretty good for second place. I don't think that we will dominate Cuba the way we might have dominated the other Pot C teams, and they could quite honestly upset us in a match or two. That said, I think that we could also just as much upset the US.
     
  2. Kingston

    Kingston Member+

    Oct 6, 2005
    I don't see Cuba surprising us. I think (though it will take a few more good results like beating Cuba) that we are done with the era where minnows upset us.

    I think it comes down to can we upset the US when we play at home. I suspect not but we'll see.

    Does anyone know what the tie breakers are?
     
  3. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Goal differential then Away goals I think
     
  4. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    I think we beat the US 1 out of 2 if everyone's healthy. The talented firepower and the midfield will take the US by surprise but they will have found an answer on the second leg.

    The attack is too good to be silenced, comes down to how defense performs
     
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  5. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    1st draft of the squad that Herdman could use

    Cuba
    (Offense oriented for Goal differential)

    --------------Cavallini---------David

    Hoillett---------‐-------------------------Davies
    -------------Arfield----------Osorio
    ‐---------------------Eustaquio

    Adekugbe--------James--------Godinho

    -----------------------Borjan

    USA
    (More balanced)

    ------------------------Cavallini---------------

    --------------------------David-------------------
    Hoillett------------------------------------Davies
    --------------------------Arfield-----------

    ---‐--------------------Eustaquio---------------

    Adekugbe----------------------------------Godinho
    ---------------------James----Henry------------

    ----------------------------Borjan

    Bench:
    Larin, Millar, Tabla, Osorio, Kaye, Piette, Cornelius, Crepeau, Thomas, Wotherspoon, Zachary Brault Guillard
     
  6. Polygong

    Polygong Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    I like that we can actually think about having a strategy against the US that's got an attack element to it.
     
  7. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    I think Herdman already figured it out but we need to completely annihilate Cuba in both legs hence my attack oriented formation.

    If we have an identical scorecard as the US does, goal differential could be a major factor
     
  8. Kingston

    Kingston Member+

    Oct 6, 2005
    I like the ideas. I just don't think we've got the talent yet to beat the US. The Americans are also enjoying a bit of upswing and confidence coming back from their failure to qualify for the last World Cup.

    I think we can crush Cuba but I think we're looking more like a draw (home) and a loss (away) versus the US unfortunately. Of course, we could always get an upset but I think it would truly be an upset at this point.
     
  9. Polygong

    Polygong Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Possible just not probable. That said, it's still worth playing for the win rather than just trying to not lose. That's a big step for us.
     
  10. Kingston

    Kingston Member+

    Oct 6, 2005
    A big step and one that makes things a lot more fun.
     
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  11. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Davies and Cornelius made Concacaf's team of the qualifiers. You, Haiti, and Curacao led with two players, and five teams had one player.
     

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