Formation Changes, McKendry, and the Woodall Cup

NY Cosmos at FC Edmonton (& Woodall Cup)

Well, no shortage of talking points for me today.

Last nights game had it’s ups and it’s downs – we all knew the Cosmos weren’t going to take the Eddies lying down after the beatdown we put on them last time we met.

They held their own, for sure, and eeked out a draw, but as far as I’m concerned, we have their number now, and certainly not the other way around.

We may be struggling to pick up wins and points against a few other squads (but hey, unbeaten in two right?).

Both teams came out flying right out of the gates, and I don’t know if it’s wild rose red, or Canada red, or somewhere in between, but I gotta say I’m getting used to seeing to it, as long as they are playing with the passion that it should conjure in them (and did in the first half).

All I want, is to see two halfs of what I saw in the first half against the Cosmos, for the rest of the season (or at least until/if we are mathematically eliminated). If I see that from each and every player in the starting eleven, every one of them is safe.

I shouldn’t have to tell the players that. You know what’s at stake. And if you don’t, well, come off-season, I’m going to remind you.

Those who play their tails off will be rewarded, with propaganda, of course (I mean, what else can I offer?)

Miller’s switched up the formation, a 4-5-1 (4-2-3-1 according to the teams website) so clearly he’s at least trying something new, whether the boys can figure it out for him, we’ll see. I’ve always felt that when you tell players they’re playing a 4-5-1, all the mids tend to(or are more likely to) buy in defensively (which you need for it to work), but if you tell them it’s a 4-2-3-1 then you often get more of a 4-2-4. I’ll give Miller the benefit of the doubt that his players know this. But personally this version of the 4-5-1 is my favourite formation. I’ve always felt the 4-4-2 tends to get overpowered in midfield far too often. Hopefully this allows the Eddies to play a little more indirectly and gradually build possession (despite however long Tyson Farago’s goalkick is ;P )

New York’s goal? Well – it was a class finish, I’ll give them that. Whether he should have got the shot away might be another story but it was a very well executed move to get space, and hardly any time before he took the strike.

We haven’t seen quite enough of Ben McKendry yet to know where he’ll fit in, but I hope the Eddies players and Coaching staff give him a chance to fit in – I’ve seen some flashes from him that I really liked when he was with the Whitecaps. So, from Guillermo at least – Welcome, Ben McKendry – who seems like a good BC boy (and just when I was starting to question the relationship between the FCE and VWFC).

And then we get to the Woodall Cup. How much potential does it have… Really? I feel like the Cascadia cup is a reasonable benchmark that we should set for it(potentially including teams from Sask and Manitoba). It could start with just Edmonton and Calgary, but it could become even more.

This year’s, was great – I don’t even need to have seen the match between the EPS blues and the Calgary Police Service squad to know that it was a success. But, by the way, The EPS blues beat the Caglary team 3 – 0.

But I’ve already got my eye on next year, and the many more years to come. FC Edmonton should play the next best team in the province – Calgary Foothills FC deserves a bone thrown their way, or should a CanPL team come next year, that works as well.

It could even be more than that, and I dare not dream too big lest I set myself up for disappointment.

We can stop talking about Miller, we’ll reassess that at the end of the season, for now, let’s crack a beer and ride this bitch into the rocks.

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Guillermo Del Quarto

Guillermo Del Quarto

Guillermo Quarto hails from the wilderness city, Whitehorse, Yukon - In Canada's great white north. He is heavily involved with his hometown club of Whitehorse FC, as well as the world-renowned Yukon Soccer Metro League. He is an amateur artist hoping to leave his mark on the tapestry that is Canadian Soccer. He spends his summers in Edmonton, Alberta with his lovely wife, is an active Voyageur, and FC Edmonton Supporter.

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