Better Know a Foe: Preview of Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Home (May 17)

After losing on the road to NY Cosmos, Minnesota United FC come home to face the Ft Lauderdale Snuggies Strikers with first place on the line.

Check out their highlights from their win last week for a feeling on how the team plays.

Formations and Match-ups

Ft Lauderdale play a 4-2-3-1, much like Minnesota has in the past.  Assuming Minnesota sets up in a 4-2-3-1, we shouldn’t have any major weaknesses or strengths.

Looking at the highlights, it appears that Ft Lauderdale also tries for the counter on offense.  With Pitchkolan and Vicentini as defensive midfielders, it will be vital that they keep their shape and cut off counters before they develop.

With Venegas out for 6-8 weeks now, Brian Kallman must step up.  While he played decently against the Cosmos, he needs to help create more attacks from the back, and stay more organized on defense.

A question that the fans are sure to wonder about is if Jordan will finally get a start.  Vicentini has been a steady prescience in midfield, but Jordan brings a more energetic and attacking game to the field.  Does he get the start to help jump start what was an anemic offense against the Cosmos?

Minnesota will need to bring the ball up the side, as the middle of the field will be tough to break down.  It’ll be interesting to see who gets the start on the wings.  Will Daley see the field again this game, or has Mendes locked down the wing spot?  Bracallello or Watson? Both bring something to the table, and will be chosen likely based on the weaknesses Manny Lagos sees in the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.  

Other Previews

Preview from the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.

Preview from the Minnesota United FC.

Predicted Scoreline

2-1 Minnesota.  With Ft. Lauderdale‘s, pedestrian defense, Minnesota shouldn’t have much trouble finding the goal.

 

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About Bill MK

A writer, an avid consumer of soccer, music, media, books and games, a poorly self-taught handy man, a nom de plume.
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