CARSON, CA - AUGUST 27: How should Fraser play his team Saturday against Kreis' team? (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Time to crowdsource. Following two narrow losses to start the season, Chivas USA are looking up the table from its foot, and they have a daunting task this weekend when they will travel to Utah to play Real Salt Lake. I've been wrestling in my mind with how Chivas should approach this match, since they are going to be major underdogs. It's not the NFL, so you can't say that any team can win any given weekend, etc., but neither is it the EPL or La Liga. Chivas do have a shot against RSL, but they could also get blown out.
That's where I need your help. I'm putting a poll up to see what you think. Here are the choices I'm thinking:
1. 4-5-1 formation, similar to the first two matches. Giving 7-8 outfield players a primarily defensive task, and hoping to pull out a draw, maybe get a chance or two on the counterattack.
(See more after the jump)2. 4-4-2 formation, standard MLS style. Put 6 outfield players on defensive duty, with the remaining five playing two-way or primarily offense. Put trust in the defense, and try to keep possession and keep the ball in RSL's third as much as possible.
3. 4-3-3 formation, the gambler style. Throw caution to the wind, play a very fluid formation on the field. Center backs always stay back, full backs have to move up and down the field, midfielders have to flip depending on which team has possession, and three attacking players up top will press the opposing defense. It is a risky move, but why not fight fire with fire?
So weigh in. What do you think Chivas should play Saturday? If you want to explain your position, feel free to leave a comment below!
How should Chivas USA play Saturday?
4-5-1 formation: defense, defense, defense (6 votes)
4-4-2 formation: striving for balance (10 votes)
4-3-3 formation: guns a-blazin'! (8 votes)
24 total votes