Bev Priestman decides to leave Canada Soccer as she is all set to join the English women’s team as an assistant coach. He played a significant role to help from soccer talent of young women in Canada. As per Football Association of England, Priestman who is a native of England has been working with John Herdman, the Canadian men’s coach with head coach Phil Neville. The multiple roles of Priestman in Canada Soccer also include being the director of the EXCEL development program for people from 15 to 23 of age groups., the head coach under-20 women’s team and assistant coach for senior women.
In recent times, she assisted as a coach to a berth in the Canadian FIFA under-17 World Cup for Women through a 3rd
place finish at CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship. She would be leaving Canada after 5 and half years and will certainly go with special memories. She said that this is right time that she moves on and wished the staff and players’ great success. Priestman also said that she would be grateful for life for her involvement. She was working with Everton as well as FA prior to her movement in New Zealand. There she was with Herdman and now the English women are in 4th
place which one place ahead of Canada. She is overjoyed as she moves to her new post to assist her teammates. Priestman is hopeful that they will soon be in the top position considering the caliber of women. She looks forward to support Phil as well as the team to help assist them as a better coach through her experiences.
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Canada managed to bring an end of five straight matches without a victory with a 2-1 win over Uzbekistan in a friendly game.
The national team had not won a game of football since the 1-0 success over Honduras in a World Cup qualifying game back in November 2015. Since then, and they have suffered two defeats in World Cup qualifying games and one draw – against El Salvador – before recently only managing a draw in a friendly against Azerbaijan. Even against Uzbekistan, Canada may have not secured the victory had it not been for the late own goal.
Captain David Edgar, though, does not since he says that the dressing room is especially buzzing after this victory. It may just be the kind of impetus that the national team needs before the qualifying games against Honduras and El Salvador in September. If Canada to qualify for the next round of the World Cup qualification, they need to win both these games. At the moment, they are level on points with Honduras while having a two-point advantage over El Salvador. Mexico have managed to win all their group matches to maintain a 100% record in the group. Manager Benito Floro admitted that the game against Uzbekistan was much better than the friendly against Azerbaijan.
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Benito Floro’s opinion doesn’t match with those who think the defence of the Canadian team has reached the optimum standard.
The coach, who is now 3-year old in his stint, believes that the mistakes made by the team in terms of holding the opposition are certainly lesser now, but, it’s not that the defence has become almost perfect.
Also, the fact that people are saying Canada is offensively not as good as they are defensively; it doesn’t set well either with the 63-year old manager.
As per Benito, there is no significantly big a difference in the no. of opportunities that Canada is making on the pitch and that the other teams are making. The Reds are attacking as much as any of their opposition and in fact, they are more of an attacking side rather than one which always sits back.
Both the defence and offence of the Canadian team will be up for a big test in the next 15 days’ time when they are to come against Mexico twice in World Cup qualifying games.
The first of the games is scheduled on 26th and the second just 4 days later on 30th. …
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