I wish I had it in me to produce a comprehensive tactical breakdown and explain how and where its gone wrong, but I'm afraid that would just be a waste of time. This team just needs to score goals; it Really is that simple.
This new format will probably give even more voice to those who would rather win the Shield over the Cup.
The red-headed step-child of MLS trophies, the Supporters Shield, has never been as meaningful, and probably never will be as meaningful, as it will be this year.
Alright, the point here is not that the Dutch don't understand it any more, its that Everyone does. "Total Football" is a 40-year-old idea that has been fully ingrained into the global football consciousness, and has been fully integrated into contemporary understanding of the game. The insights provided by "total football" are only a revelation to the tactically naive.
I'm taking a break from my tactics writing to address something which is also important to me. This is the desire to sell out Qwest field for a regular-season MLS match. There are currently...
Sigi's Arrow is the approach to defining roles and spawning fluidity, it is an adaptation that is appropriate to not only the level of play but the personnel at hand.
The playmaker, the #10, the CAM, it is widely believed that this is the role that drives attacking soccer. A team without a such a player is seen by many as elementally lacking...
A season which would start so inconsistently, and suddenly turn so horribly, but end up quite fantastically, would end with a whimper. And the same could be said of the System.
This is part 2 in the series looking back on the Sounders' system to prepare for a reasonable discussion of what to expect in the way of improvements this off-season.