Apologies for the lack of a reaction post this weekend the family took precedence. Having caught
a replay, the meat of said post would have revolved around the change in the game after Kitchen's
It would be facile, however, to blame the loss entirely on his departure. The still-incomplete
back line, the heat, and a stuttering (and banged up) attack conspired to tilt the balance in
Hmmm. Thought we would have had the roster wrapped up by now, but United are apparently still
auditioning new trialists with the addition of left winger Lewis Neal to the party. Unfortunately,
none of the remaining guys getting a look is a left back a position that is probably United's
weakest from the standpoint of starters, and one at which they have zero depth.
Anonymous survey of MLS players suggests it's at least a reasonably common perception.
There might not be a player in Seattle Sounders history more universally loved by the fan base, teammates, and front office than Osvaldo Alonso. It's not hard to understand why. Alonso's rare combination of hard tackling and slick passing have made him one of the top defensive midfielders throughout his MLS career.
Usually, defensive midfielders are some of the easiest players to replace insoccer. While the role has become increasingly defined in recent years, if a man deployed to bringenergy in the middle of the pitch is struck down with injury, loses form or is sold, they don't typically leave that difficult a void to fill.
By 1970's Gooner I can see very clearly why Wenger is usually so reluctant to play with two holding defensive midfielders. The formation will then have to transform into 4 2 3 1 which means that the team is shorn of a creative midfielder who can link defence into attack. Just as Ramsey used to do and of course as Wilshere has been doing so brilliantly until his recent knock on that ankle.
In the third episode ofThis Week In Soccer, we feature a deep discussion about defensive midfielders and whether they're on their way out at some of the top clubs in favor of a more attacking-minded footballer. Then we discuss whether most of the major European soccer leagues are moving to a duopoly where only two giant clubs rule the roost, while the remainder of the teams in the league try to catch up.