Archives: Tactics

Tactically Speaking: 3 At The Back

Posted on by Earl Reed

Two centerbacks, two fullbacks. The modern convention of “four at the back,” is so standard that any time a team adds or subtracts a back, it tends to be towards the end of the match when a team either wants … Continue reading

Tactically Speaking: POR 3:1 PHI

Posted on by Earl Reed

The first ESPN2 match of the season turned out to be a rainy affair from Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, as the Timbers overcame an early second half deficit to put away the Philadelphia Union, 3-1. The hosts began in a … Continue reading

Tactics Talk: About That Five…

Posted on by Earl Reed

There have been some raised eyebrows across the Major League Soccer punditry about Peter Nowak and his choice of formation to begin the Eastern Conference Semifinal First Leg. The iconic manager of the Philadelphia Union pulled a tactical rabbit out … Continue reading

Tactics in MLS (And/Or The Supplemental Nature Of OptaStats)

Posted on by Earl Reed

I tend to consider tactics and Major League Soccer like an unabridged dictionary in a fourth grade classroom. While the study and employment of tactics within MLS happens, there is less tactical sophistication in MLS than in the more established … Continue reading

Are European Inspired Tactics Failing USL-1?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Darren Tilley’s Rochester Rhinos will not repeat their feat of 1999. The US Open Cup Final will feature two MLS teams and two coaches who are part of the US system. USL-1 with its British flavored football and coaches who … Continue reading