Atlanta United – LA Galaxy: Atlanta Find Comfort In Chaos To See Off Galaxy (3-0)
Thanks to clever tactical and strategic work by both teams, key areas opened up in front of the defense for both teams. In the end, Atlanta’s line-breaking openings managed to carve through LA Galaxy.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
Despite their strong league positions in their respective Eastern and Western Conferences, the head coaches of either side have come under an increasingly heavy spotlight recently – in particular, Atlanta’s head coach Frank de Boer.
Recent comments from Leandro González Pírez sparked much debate due to his slight criticisms of de Boer’s defensive setup, as well as the lacking communication at the back. Although this fire was swiftly hosed down, it does not take away from the fact that the Dutchman’s playstyle has come under significant interrogation.
The argument against de Boer was no doubt strengthened by the other Los Angeles-based team putting four past them within the space of twelve minutes last week to secure a 4-3 victory. Still, with numerous LA absentees – and the fact that they themselves suffered defeat whilst conceding four goals – Atlanta could be confident of a return to winning ways.
Frank de Boer stayed true to the back three setup that he put out last week but with a handful of changes – four in all. Pírez was left out and replaced by Florentin Pogba on the left of the defensive trio, further ahead Justin Meram was another winger-turned-wing-back and in the middle Jeff Larentowicz and Ezequiel Barco took over from Eric . . .