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Jay Nolly press scrum after the May 28, 2011 game between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer

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Jay Nolly press scrum after the May 18, 2011 game between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Toronto FC in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship Final first leg

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Jay Nolly press scrum after the May 12, 2011 game between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and San Jose Earthquake

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Jay Nolly press scrum after the April 6, 2011 game between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and New England Revolution

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Another comparison of Nolly’s goalkeeping

The Whitecaps have had the pleasure of meeting 3 very good goalkeepers in their first 3 games: Toronto’s Stefan Frei, Philadelphia Union’s Faryd Mondragon, and Sporting Kansas City’s Jimmy Nielsen. 

Their confidence and command of the box is an interesting comparison to Jay Nolly.

#1 - Denmark’s 2004 Goalkeeper of the year, Jimmy Nielsen (red dot) made a wonderful save of off Atiba Harris’ shot in the 32nd minute. He’s big, high in the 6 yard box, and most importantly, his momentum is taking him forward.

Teal Bunbury took two very similar shots to Atiba Harris’ at the end of the first half.

#2 - The first shot from the right side just missed high left but note where Jay Nolly (blue dot) is, slightly deeper in his 6 yard box but rooted to the ground.

#3 - The second shot was a no doubter and it is slightly unfair to criticize Nolly as it may very well have been unstoppable. But still note where Nolly is, even deeper in his 6 yard box and again rooted to the ground. He actually took two steps to the left before trying to make a save.

Jay Nolly needs to be more confident in his box, be more aggressive with shots and crosses, and communicate with his defensive line. He should be the loudest guy on the pitch at all times

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I think Nolly should have done better with De Rosario’s shot. 
Note Nolly’s position (blue dot) on the shot. upright, stiff, barely off his line. De Rosarios shot beats him over the left shoulder.
Stefan Frei (red dot) by comparison is facing almost the exact same shot, both hard, across the face of goal. He is out front of the 6 yard box, making himself big, challenging the shooter, and the shot deflects off his left shoulder.

I think Nolly should have done better with De Rosario’s shot. 

Note Nolly’s position (blue dot) on the shot. upright, stiff, barely off his line. De Rosarios shot beats him over the left shoulder.

Stefan Frei (red dot) by comparison is facing almost the exact same shot, both hard, across the face of goal. He is out front of the 6 yard box, making himself big, challenging the shooter, and the shot deflects off his left shoulder.