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malcontentjake

  • joined Dec 07, 2009
  • last login Aug 27, 2014
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He's Dutch, so that must mean it's "total football"

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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...

A thought on the Seahawks and the MLS...

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A thought on the Seahawks and the MLS...

Why do the Sounders need a target man?

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Why do the Sounders need a target man?

TAKE OFF THE TARPS!

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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...

On the "regista" and wingers...

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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.

Rigidity vs. fluidity: what is Sigi's game?

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Is a fluid attack all just free flowing "joga bonito" or does structure lead to fluidity?

State of Mind

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some of you may be wondering what I'm on about lately... some insight into my thinking can be found in this article I just went back and re-read... "None of this truly defines what constitutes a playmaker: given the range of what people consider playmakers, perhaps the truth is that playmaker is not a position at all but a state of mind."

The "#10" Problem. What is it and who could it be?

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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...

System review Pt , 2nd half of 2010 season

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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.

System review Pt 2, 1st half of 2010 season

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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.

Sounders tactical and system review, Pt. 1

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Before we can have a serious discussion about how to improve this team, it would help to glance back and look over what we have learned from the first two years, in terms of personnel, formations,...

Quick reax to morning news

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reax to FIFA W.C. host announcement

Beyond the 4-4-2: A practical guide to formations

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Formations are guides or suggestions. Granted, there are coaches and players who adopt a more rigid approach to formations, but even this, comparatively, is far more ambiguous than in American...

Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid: historic Barca win

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I hope you had the pleasure of watching Barcelona's astonishing display of possession-based football today in their El Classico thrashing of Real Madrid. Zonal Marking has their usual write-up and tries to put into words something that left me speechless. If you haven't seen it, I urge you to go back and watch it. It is available on replay on ESPN3

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Form and power rankings heading into the playoffs

It may be cliched, but when it comes to the MLS playoffs is not always about where you finished the season, but how well you are playing heading into the post-season tournament.  We all know our...

FIFA’s 289-page Technical Report on the 2010 World Cup – in 15 points

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from zonalmarking.net, a tactics blog I just discovered Good stuff, must-read for regular SaH readers!

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A look at the playoff chase (and PPM standings)

Before I get to the real objective of this post, lets get to the usual PPM-andwhatnot-standings: team points matches GD PPM 22 game 30 game last 4 trend trend 30 LAG 43 22 ...

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PPM [and whatnot] standings

So I started this whole PPM-based standings spreadsheet back in mid-July, largely for my own elucidation and amusement.  At the time, our Sounders stood at 16 points, just 3 points back of 8th...

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alternatives to friendlies?

With the Sounders-sphere full of what is best described as a mix of ambivalence and vitriol over the de-facto announcement that the much-anticipated "Friendly 'C'" is none other than popular...

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The MLS table: this week's PPM / extrapolated / trend standings

What would the standings look like if figured by Points Won Per Match rather than raw points?

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Sounders' real work has just begun

We are now officially in playoff position, 8th in PPM and tied for 5th in points, and trending for a strong 5th overall. We can certainly be happy, though... I know that personally, I am elated....

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a quick look at the weekend

EDITOR'S NOTE: Figured this is a good primer on who we should be rooting for this week (Jeremiah) Before a busy weekend, and after Thursday's match in which the Crew officially commenced a real...

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latest PPM/extrapolated standings

I decided to run with a 20-game extrapolation (instead of 19) per a request from Dave.  I included the 30-game extrapolation just for grins, with the caveat that I'm not a fan of extrapolating out...

Joe Towner "is okay" I can confirm that he checked in with his girlfriend late last night, and she...

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Joe Towner "is okay" I can confirm that he checked in with his girlfriend late last night, and she has released the following statement: "thanks everyone for the concerns and positive thoughts. I have made contact with Joe and he is ok."

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my solution to the idiotic MLS standings

I can't look at the MLS standings and figure anything thing out... first you have these idiotic and utterly pointles "conferences" which serve no purpose other than to obfuscate, and second you...

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does a win tonight vault the Sounders into "playoff contention"

It is tempting to think so, as Dave mentioned in the preview this game may shape up as a playoff-race "6-pointer", but I think one has to look a little deeper to really understand the rough...

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The slide from "disappointment" to "failure" has begun...

I think that there was an air of optimism as kickoff approached for today's match, given the friendly win over the Boca Jr. reserves midweek, and the USA's 2-1 win over Turkiye in a friendly...

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A rather appalling inability to get the proper result:

Match 7: Sounders 1:1 Crew   I put off writing this until I was able to watch the entire match on my DVR, for the specific reason that I wanted to make sure the Sounders' domination was as...

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the fine line between good and mediocre...

The Sounders wasted two opportunities to prove that they can both play well and win.

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Fucito saved us... now what?!

  Sounders, Matchday 4, 1-0 over Kansas City.   "Sigi, we have a problem!"   "Qwest: the Goal-less Desert"   "The Failure of the 4-man 'Switcheroo' Attack"   "Now I am just starting to get really...

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