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Jesse Marsch finds teaching redemption in Canada’s Copa América run

Bill Connelly, ESPN Staff WriterJul 6, 2024, 01:25 AM ET Close Bill Connelly is a staff writer for It’s good to be Jesse Marsch right now. Earlier this week, he got to drop some quotes about the performance of the United States, a year or so after he was denied an opportunity to manage

Jesse Marsch finds teaching redemption in Canada’s Copa América run

  • Invoice Connelly, ESPN Employees AuthorJul 6, 2024, 01:25 AM ET


      Invoice Connelly is a workers author for

It is good to be Jesse Marsch proper now. Earlier this week, he bought to drop some quotes in regards to the efficiency of the United States, a 12 months or so after he was denied a possibility to handle his dwelling nation’s crew. Then, in Arlington, Texas, on Friday night time, he led his personal crew to the Copa América semifinals.

After a 1-1 attract regulation, Canada defeated Venezuela 4-3 in penalties, incomes a rematch towards Argentina. They’re the third Concacaf crew to advance to the semifinals of their Copa América debut, following Mexico in 1993 and Honduras in 2001.

Each Canada and Venezuela performed this match like they knew how necessary and uncommon the chance was. Each groups moved the ball with excessive verticality, shortly pushing it from one finish of the pitch to the opposite. Venezuela performed like there was a shot clock, trying a number of long-range photographs on the first alternative; of their 16 shot makes an attempt, solely three have been inside 8 meters of the objective, and none was price greater than 0.2 xG.

Canada, in the meantime, continued a tournament-long difficulty, creating first rate alternatives however sending them skyward. They tried 16 photographs price 1.9 xG, however as they’ve all match, they struggled to complete. However Moïse Bombito, Ismaël Koné and stars Jonathan David and Alphonso Davies buried their penalty kicks within the shootout, and so they’re advancing due to it.

The 2024 Copa América has served as each a standing examine and a studying expertise for formidable North American squads. Mexico’s dire efficiency, scoring one objective on the way in which to a gaggle stage exit, was the most recent step in an ongoing downfall for Concacaf’s once-shining light. The USA’ personal group stage exit reinforced a sense of stagnation following an encouraging World Cup efficiency in 2022.

For Canada and Marsch, employed solely in Might, this end result has enhanced optimism for what would possibly lie on the horizon, however not a single second of this match has been simple. They have been outshot 36-24 within the group stage, and it took them till early of their fourth match of the match to attain a objective whereas taking part in 11-versus-11. Jacob Shaffelburg scored within the thirteenth minute to provide Canada the lead over Venezuela on Friday night time.

Nonetheless, because the match handed the 60-minute mark, they have been almost undone by a mix of deception and ideal counterattacking. Venezuelan goalkeeper Rafael Romo was caught out of place, and bodily prevented a fast throw-in that might have taken benefit; the act wasn’t yellow-carded, nonetheless, and after a short delay, Venezuela wanted simply two touches to show a free ball deep of their finish right into a tying objective.

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Salomón Rondón caught Crépeau out of the field for an enormous equalizer 🤯

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 6, 2024

Salomón Rondón caught goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau shockingly distant from his personal objective and scored with a lob from 39 meters.

The momentum continued to sway backwards and forwards, and Venezuela was by no means punished for significantly bodily play within the field. (For the match, they have been referred to as for under seven fouls, with no yellow playing cards.) However Canada continued to create higher scoring alternatives and ultimately held their nerve to win in penalties.

The chaos most likely did not trouble Marsch a lot. The previous RB Salzburg, RB Leipzig and Leeds United supervisor is understood for an up-tempo model, and Canada’s two wins on this match have now are available in matches during which they’d 104 (vs. Peru) and 117 (vs. Venezuela) possessions. (The match common: 85 possessions per match.) They’ve now averaged 94 possessions, second within the match to solely Venezuela, and their direct velocity (how shortly you are shifting the ball vertically in a given sequence) of two.1 meters per second is definitely the very best.

That is, after all, a method Marsch might be implementing with the USA males’s nationwide crew in the mean time. He was turned down for the job final summer season when the U.S. elected to rehire Gregg Berhalter, and Marsch didn’t hide his disappointment.

“I am not going to enter it, however I wasn’t handled very effectively within the course of,” Marsch instructed CBS’ “Call it What You Want” podcast. “And so, no matter man, that is up to now now. […] It motivated me once more to search out the proper individuals.”

Marsch was someplace between candid and catty earlier this week when he shared his ideas on the struggles of the U.S. within the Copa América. “Clearly I am listening to the U.S. males’s nationwide crew as I all the time do, and such as you, I am unhappy,” he told Fox. “I am dissatisfied with the performances, the dearth of self-discipline.”

His Canadian crew lacked self-discipline at occasions on Friday night time, too, however they bought the job finished. And their reward is a rematch with Argentina.

Canada fell 2-0 to the world champions within the opening match of the match; Marsch tried to maintain issues contained with a reasonably conservative 4-4-2 formation, however Argentina almost doubled their shot makes an attempt (19 to 10) and nearly tripled their xG totals (3.0 to 1.2). David and Cyle Larin have been restricted to at least one shot every, and whereas it took till the 88th minute for Argentina to formally put the match away with a second objective, the result wasn’t unsure. Argentina performed their most susceptible recreation of the match within the quarterfinals, needing penalties to eke out a win over Ecuador, however Canada nonetheless have a mountain to climb.

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Any hope of an upset would require one thing Canada have not been capable of present all match: good ending. For the match, they’ve now tried 40 photographs price a mixed 5.9 xG, however they’ve scored solely twice. David and Larin have mixed to aim 13 photographs price 2.5 xG however have scored simply as soon as, on David’s lightning-strike counterattack towards Peru, and the remainder of the crew has a good worse xG-to-actual-goals ratio. They’d a number of alternatives to place Venezuela away earlier than Rondón’s miracle objective. They will want some critical development to the imply on this division as a result of Argentina are very prone to create higher general alternatives.

Nonetheless, it has been a powerful couple of weeks for Marsch and the Canadian nationwide crew. Of their first alternative, they did one thing Venezuela have finished solely as soon as in 20 tries — attain a semifinal — and so they did not need to play their very best ball to do it.

Marsch’s crew has purchased into the model he needs to implement, and at worst, Canada will match the USA’ finest Copa América efficiency. Regardless of how “dissatisfied” he could be about his dwelling nation’s current performances, he is most likely not dropping a lot sleep about it in the mean time.

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