Potential USA Formations for the World Cup

The absence of starting striker Charlie Davies poses a riddle for Bob Bradley: does the manager use his traditional 4-4-2 or find a new formation? The likely solution is moving Clint Dempsey into Davies’ spot and keeping the 4-4-2. Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut backup for Dempsey’s right midfield position. Stuart Holden may have been [...]

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Tactical Trends and the USA

Like all sports, soccer is beholden to shifts of philosophy. Zonal Marking recently chronicled the latest rise of the 4-3-3 formation. In short, the article posits that teams of the early 2000s were obsessed with employing a physical, defensive midfielder (unimaginatively termed a ‘destroyer’) in conjunction with a creative, attack-minded foil (the ‘creator’), using the [...]

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