When we use a build up style we seem to be forgetting to play away from pressure. We bring the ball up one side well but then after the other team shifts to defend against that attack we keep on going straight into that pressure. We need to make better decisions of when their is space to play forward into and when to switch the field work the other team more and find a way into the box with close combination plays between players who know what play they are going to attempt to penetrate.
From what I see, our play as been too predictable. For example, the Stars seem to like to attack on the right side of the pitch. I really did not keep track last night, but the last few weeks it is all we seem to do.
I would like to go back and re-watch the match against RSL. The Stars seemed to play centrally when they attacked and did it well. Maybe I am not paying close attention, but I have not seen it.
This also seems to be our mid-season slump. The Stars were unbeatable before SJ. After that, we seem to be struggling to get points. There have also been some errors in the backline that have resulted in goals.
I would like to see Freidland in an outside mid position or at least come back as a central defender. Kevin does not make many mistakes. Although he lacks physical size, the guy really does not get pushed around like you would expect. It is also an undisputed FACT the guy can out jump almost everyone.
PS: I was watching Kevin in team warm-ups before the last home match against the Strikers. While I do not claim to have ESP, I felt a vibe coming from him saying, "Manny, just put me in. I deserve playing time."