Colorado Rapids Vs. Columbus Crew Live, MLS Cup Playoffs 2011: Tony Pulis Finds This Game Strangely Erotic

If you've seen the Columbus Crew and Colorado Rapids before, this game doesn't look like anything particularly surprising. Both teams are a bit defensive, play two defensive midfielders, and play a very direct style. Neither has particularly great ball players and neither plays on the ground. I'm not being critical, it's just how they play. But, that doesn't stop the way this game looks from being absolutely hilarious.

On both ends of the pitch, there are HUGE gaps between each team's defense and midfield, then midfield and strikers. There are huge clusters of players on the edge of each penalty area and around the half-way line when the ball is changing hands. Supposedly Dilly Duka is playing as a No. 10 and should bridge the gap, but he's basically a striker right now. He's not dropping deep at all. You could draw a circle with a 15-yard radius on each end of the pitch. I bet Tony Pulis is DVRing this to watch later when he's aaaaaaaaaaaaaall aloooooooooooone.

For more on the two teams playing in tonight's Wild Card match, check out Colorado Rapids blog Burgundy Wave and Columbus Crew blog Massive Report. For more on the rest of the MLS Cup Playoffs and the entire world of soccer, check out SB Nation Soccer.

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