Team USA Downs Japan

Team USA continued to roll over non-Canadian competition as they rolled over Japan 19-5. Team USA was able to rest several key players including Cannons Kyle Sweeney and Ryan Boyle, as well as retired MLL goaltender extrordinaire Brian Dougherty.

Japan will play the Netherlands in a “cross over quarterfinal” tomorrow. The winner of that game will face Team USA in the semi-finals Thursday at 11:30 EST. Team USA advances automatically to the semi-finals thanks to their 4-1 record in pool play.

One stat that pops out is FO Specialist Alex Smith’s winning percentage. He was just 9-19 on faceoffs. Less than 50% against Japan, and no disrespect to Japan as they have proven in this tournament that they can be a formidable team, is still unacceptable. Smith is a beast, Team USA needs more Beast Mode.

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