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Formations, Formations, Formations.

As we head into the offseason there are a lot of questions to be answered. Who will stay, who will go and who will join us. This is a look at some formations we could use next season/ could have...

How a change in formation might actually look

The writing seems to be on the wall that a tactical shift is coming, but who slots in where is still an open question.

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Why the Sounders don't attack open space

Why don't the Sounders make more attacking runs (without the ball) into the corners of the final third?

Statistical Approach to Formations

Calculating mean player locations on the field to determine team formations.

Dreams of starting 3-5-2 are Unfounded

Do the Seattle Sounders have the personnel to be in a 3-5-2 from the start of a match?

... formations are poor representations of on-pitch reality. We should be able to make predictions...

... formations are poor representations of on-pitch reality. We should be able to make predictions from scientific models, but formations do not provide sound predictions of players’ average on-field positioning. Whilst the processual activity of football is more complex and messy than a simple model can express, the model should still have some predictive scope. When we look at the above graphic, we see that the formation could perhaps be expressed as 2-4-2-2. The full-backs push on to be level with the central midfielders, with the centre-backs, based on Cartesian coordinates, essentially the only defenders. This indicates that we do not apprehend player positioning merely based upon coordinates: we also assess the game with regard to the human significance attached to the use of space ...

Cartesian Coordinates or Dasein The WHY behind why we can't just use average position to come up with the formation and roles for a team. In World Cup news, Portugal is blowing out North Korea. Today is the final day of three match Group Stage play. Switzerland and Blaise Nkufo try to be the first European side to beat an American team in this World Cup. Spain also faces an American side as the late game. Consider this your open thread for Blaise Nkufo day.

Depth Chart Update 4/27

The current depth chart of the Seattle Sounders as seen by Sounder at Heart.

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