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Footy Talks: Who should be in Canada’s Front Three for Gold Cup knockouts?

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John Herdman has four stars and three spots.

Soccer: CONCACAF Gold Cup-Canada at Cuba Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been the question of the tournament for the Canadian men’s national team: How in the world does John Herdman get all of his attacking talent on the field at the same time?

He has tried different schemes throughout the knockout stages, some due to rest requirements and others to see what positional flexibility he has. Now, there is no room for error. When the boys line up against Haiti, he needs to get the attacking mix right in order to see Canada through to their first Gold Cup semi-final in more than a decade.

The starting spots are between four players, all four of whom have had excellent tournaments. Jonathan David currently leads the Golden boot race with five goals, Lucas Cavallini is right behind him with four. Alphonso Davies, meanwhile, has been a danger throughout and Hoilett’s playmaking and experience could prove key.

Presuming Davies doesn’t play fullback, which three would you start against Haiti?

Mitchell Tierney and Oliver Platt of OneSoccer discussed that dilemma on this week’s Footy Talks podcast.

They also chat about the reaction to Canada’s early exit from the Women’s World Cup, that wild tilt between Toronto FC and Atlanta United, and the end of the CanPL Spring Season.

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