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MicheleTossani

  • joined Mar 11, 2014
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Tactical Talk: New midfield, same old problems

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In the latest column in our series, we discuss Chivas USA's efforts to remake their midfield midseason, and how those efforts haven't paid off so far.

Tactical Talk: How Kennedy is and isn't like Neuer

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In our latest tactical column, we discuss the merits of defensive stability for Chivas USA at right back with Akira Kaji, and discuss the reasons behind goalkeeper Dan Kennedy's aggressive approach.

Tactical Talk: CUSA getting lost in transition

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Chivas USA have regressed in recent games, and one of the reasons for their struggles of late has been problems with team balance and dealing with transition. We explain what's going wrong.

Why the All-Star Game matters

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MLS has taken a page from other North American sports with their annual All-Star Game, with this year's edition to be played Wednesday. We argue the All-Star Game is a good thing for the league.

Tactical Talk: Preparations for 2015 begin now!

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With about half of the 2014 season left to play, we argue that it's nonetheless important to begin working on 2015 now, especially with two new teams entering MLS next season.

Tactical Talk: 4-4-2 isn't sexy, but it's working

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Chivas USA have recently switched to a 4-4-2 formation, and perhaps not coincidentally, they have been getting results. We discuss the merits of the system, and what has helped the Goats in recent...

Tactical Talk: Cubo & role of the modern striker

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In our latest tactical look, we discuss the modern role of the striker, and explain how Chivas USA forward Erick Torres fits in the dominant types around the game today.

Tactical Talk: Cabrera forces Arena's hand

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In our latest tactical analysis of Chivas USA, we look at the Goats' 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy and discuss the moves each of the respective coaches made in the game.

Tactical Talk: Square pegs, round holes, not good

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We examine the latest in Chivas USA's tactics for our weekly column, this time following their loss to the Philadelphia Union. Above all, a pattern appears to be emerging regarding the suitability...

Tactical talk: Wingers in, slow strikers out

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As the Wilmer Cabrera era unfolds, we're getting a better sense of the system the Chivas USA coach is trying to implement. In our latest column on tactics, we argue the departure of two strikers...

Tactical Talk: Goats pounce on Rapids errors

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In Chivas USA's win over the Colorado Rapids, the success came less from good tactics and more from taking advantage of the situation. We explain.

Tactical Talk: How can CUSA get attack going?

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Chivas USA have struggled mightily in recent weeks, and their once-promising attack is looking more and more ineffective, despite having a number of good players. We discuss potential adjustments...

Tactical Talk: CUSA's three-headed left back

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Through the first eight games of the season, Chivas USA have used three different left backs. We go through the importance of the full backs in the modern game, and discuss the attributes of each...

Tactical Talk: High line dooms CUSA once again?

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Chivas USA lost 2-1 over the weekend to the Seattle Sounders. In our tactical examination of the loss, we discuss the various mistakes that led to the winning goal for the visitors.

Tactical Talk: No surprise, Bofo needs time

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Chivas USA may have the veteran Bofo Bautista on their team, but his impact has been minimal so far. Still, we argue that shouldn't be a surprise, nor should it mean he can't come good as the...

Tactical Talk: CUSA lose midfield battle to Galaxy

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Chivas USA lost to the LA Galaxy on Sunday. In our latest tactical column, we argue the Goats lost both the numerical battle in midfield, as well as employed a risky strategy defensively that...

Tactical Talk: Formation shift, and an uneven game

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Chivas USA tied the New York Red Bulls 1-1 on Sunday. In our latest column on the tactical side of the sport, we examine the strategies and performances that led to the result.

Tactical Talk: Switching roles can work - at times

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In our latest column on tactics, we discuss the risks and rewards of moving players into new roles, focusing in particular on Chivas USA rookie Thomas McNamara.

Tactical Talk: 10 men? Not a (big) problem!

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Chivas USA went down to 10 men early in their last match, but they played smart and didn't concede the game. We discuss why going down a man wasn't such a catastrophe.

Tactical Talk: How Chivas used 4-4-2 to a win

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We welcome new contributor Michele Tossani to discuss the tactics that led to Chivas USA's win over the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

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