PLASTIC PITCH, ISSUE 6 (SUMMER, 2015)

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WOMEN'S WORLD CUP:

• We question if coach John Herdman’s loyalty to his old guard ended up hurting Canada’s already slim chances at the Women’s World Cup;

• We ask if, based on Canada’s talent level at the moment, the women’s team’s quarter-final exit was actually just about what we should have expected;

 • We salute the American supporters, who came to Canada in droves — and turned Canadian stadiums into their home stadiums;

 • We look at the importance of the third-place game; should it be allowed to continue?

 • England Coach Mark Sampson talks about the importance of developing a pro domestic women’s league — a lesson that Canada may need to hear;

 • Martin MacMahon assesses the impact artificial turf had on the tournament; have the anti-turf players softened their stances?

 • Mike Wyman looks at how Montreal — an “event town” — performed as a WWC host city

 PLUS:

 • Chaim Roserie was born in Brooklyn, raised in Mississauga. At 16, he signed with the Jacksonville Armada. He tells us why he’s turned down Canada U17 invites and is focused on one day pulling on a US shirt.

 • Kartik Krishnaiyer looks at the impact Cyle Larin has had on Orlando City’s season.

 • Benjamin Massey takes us inside the 100th anniversary edition of the Jackson Cup; where two rivals staged an epic extra-time battle in the mud.