Canada draw vs USMNT a sign of progression under Herdman

Under usual circumstances, Canada would be dancing the night away after leaving Nashville with a hard-earned point against the United States.

However, these are anything but usual circumstances for the Canucks.

Where once Canada were a side glued together by players from right up and down the food chain, often reliant on one standout player, they started Sunday’s match with stars plying their trade for Bayern Munich, Besiktas and in the Portuguese top-flight, while bringing on a striker from French champions, Lille.

John Herdman’s side had to dig in on Sunday night. The USMNT dominated 72% of the ball, out-passing the visitors 505-162. But despite coming under so much pressure, Canada matched the hosts for chances created (7) and big chances (2). They squeezed every last drop out of the little possession they enjoyed.

“I asked for heart. I asked for each man to bring a level of intensity and to show they’re brothers,” Herdman said after the match (via CanPL). “We had to make sure the USA never got comfortable.”

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