FC Cincinnati – Houston Dynamo: FC Cincinnati Claim Three Points In Spite Of Uninspiring Display (3-2)

Houston Dynamo's record on the road keeps haunting them, as last-placed FC Cincinnati was the latest side to take advantage of their opponents' poor defending and dysfunctional possession game.

Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.

Although set in the bottom half of the table, the encounter between Houston Dynamo and FC Cincinnati was interesting to follow because of the visitors' unique trend. Unbeaten at home, yet just one win and seven losses in games away from home soil. MLS new boys FC Cincinnati seemed like the perfect fit to interrupt the losing streak, yet the game turned out otherwise.

FC Cincinnati’s French manager Yoann Damet fielded a 4-2-3-1 shape with (from right to left) Justin Hoyte, Nick Hagglund, Kendall Waston and Mathieu Deplagne starting ahead of goalkeeper Spencer Richey. In midfield starred the double pivot 4-2-3-1 is one of the most frequently occurring formations in football. The two most defensive midfielders are called a ‘double pivot’. composed of Allan Cruz and Leonardo Bertone; in attack, Rashawn Daily lead the line, with Emmanuel Ledesma, Frankie Amaya, and Kekuta Manneh behind as support.

Wilmer Cabrera's side, also in a 4-2-3-1, saw (left to right) Adam Lundqvist, Kevin Garcia, Aljaz Struna and A.J, DeLaGarza form the backline protecting Joe Willis' goal. Matias Vera and Juan Cabesaz featured in midfield, whilst Thomas NcNamara, Boniek Garcia and Alberth Elis ought to assist center-forward Mauro Manotas.

Passive start

Both sides started out the game in a rather passive manner, especially in possession. The natural transition from a . . .

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