ORIGINAL: Jeff Jesser
3-2 final over Finland
Started slow, dominated the middle.
Not an overwhelming US squad, will be hard to pull a medal this year.
Yup, as usual without much practice time it is a lot of individual play.
Finland looked to be a more polished team while the US looked like a bunch of guys out there taking turns making rushes to the net.
They are scary (Finland)
Lengthy and always seem pissed off about something
They'll be a hard beat when the real play starts
I wonder if they (Finland) have a history of playing together if they look like their on the same sheet so far? I didn't watch so I have no idea and a quick check of their roster does show that a couple of them play on the same home club.
I ask because it's pretty easy to predict who is going to dominate World Cups in soccer some years and the games are very similar. When Spain won back in 2010 about half that team played for Barcelona. When Germany won in 2014 the same for Bayern. It's a system game like hockey. If you take 20 guys from 15-20 teams/systems, it's really hard to get on the same page quickly. Much easier if they are all used to playing with each other.
Its exactly why they do well
I remember Nino saying when he was here, that in the smaller countries, they grow up playing with each other often
They get used to each others games, the countries are so small, they have a great familiarity with each other by the time they get to international competitions.
Work like a Captain.
Play like a Pirate.