Minnesota United – Philadelphia Union: Minnesota Fall Against Effective Philadelphia (2-3)
The clash between Minnesota United and Philadelphia Union was probably more enjoyable for neutral spectators than it was for tacticians or coaches. With a total of 43 shots, the match offered a seemingly endless amount of chances. At times, it seemed that every attack ended in the attacking side taking a shot. Because of Philadelphia’s effective attacking and Minnesota’s lack of defensive cover, the away team managed to win it.
Tactical analysis and match report by Max Bergmann.
In the MLS, because of the playoffs, a top seven finish is essential, but that also leaved possibilities for kicking a season into gear a bit later than without a playoff structure, because accumulated points mean little at the end of the season. Going into this match, these two teams were seated firmly on a playoff spot though; Philadelphia among the group of teams leading the Eastern Conference table, Minnesota in fifth place in the West. Two offensive minded teams that have had a fine start to the season.
Minnesota started the match with a 4-2-3-1 formation. 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’. consisted of Osvaldo Alonso as well as Jan Gregus, who split up offensive and defensive duties. Central offensive midfielder Darwin Quintero was a player flowing between the lines and behind the attacking trio. Furthermore, their fullbacks played a vital role in Minnesota’s attacking patterns as they moved high up the line and provided width.
Philadelphia lined up in the not so common 4-3-1-2 system. To defend Minnesota’s attacks, Jim Curtin’s side set . . .