It’s a new foe, and a brand new one at that. Ottawa, wearing red and black, join the league this year and we get to be their opponent in their home opener. They’ve signed one of our players from last year, Ubiparapovic, who just might have the best song the Dark Clouds every sang to the tune of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The other signing fans of the team are excited about is Heinemann who is unfortunately out for 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain. That’s going to hurt their already anemic looking offense, who didn’t manage a goal in their season opener versus
They appeared to play a 4-3-3, with one player playing defensive mid. Our formation has the numbers in attack to provide matchup problems versus this formation. If Watson and Daley start on the wings again, they are going to find a lot of room to cut inside against the 4-3-3. As great as Ibarra was off the bench, it would be great to see him start in the middle, because his runs will give their defensive midfielder Ryan fits.
We will have less room along the sidelines, if they play a traditional 4-3-3, but we seemed capable of moving the ball through the middle of the field last game, and should be able to do so against the Fury. I’m expecting at least a couple of really solid looks on goal through the center of the field, with the numbers we can bring to the 4-3-3’s weakest point.
The strength of the 4-2-3-1 is it’s ability to defend and counter against a 4-3-3 though, and I think against a team already missing their biggest signing, we should continue to have success defensively. Our two defensive midfielders and our two centerbacks should be able to control the center of the field well. It’ll be important for our wings to track back and prevent their wings from having room to roam along the sidelines.
Expected Score? 2-0 Minnesota United FC.
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