Category Archives: Game commentary

Why that went in: Sean Franklin (LA Galaxy) vs Real Salt Lake

From tonight’s MLS playoff game… I like this one because it’s a great example of what wide penetration can do to defensive shape. Here’s the video: The first critical thing that happens is that the Galaxy striker, Gyasi Zardes, manages … Continue reading

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Why that went in: Kekuta Manneh’s 2nd vs Seattle Sounders (10/9/2013)

It was a big night for Kekuta Manneh as he scored not just his first professional hat trick but also the Whitecaps first hat trick in the MLS. Interestingly, his second goal has elements that seem similar to his first … Continue reading

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Why that went in: Kekuta Manneh’s 1st vs Sounders (10/9/2013)

As a former centre back I perhaps harshly see almost every goal as being preventable. To that end, I’m going to start regularly selecting some goals and try to analyze why they were scored. Generally I’ll highlight defensive mis-cues but … Continue reading

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(Updated) Hassli’s goal against Toronto: unstoppable

I was at the game tonight and actually had a great vantage point for Hassli’s (once again) stunning injury time equalizer against Toronto tonight in the Amway Canadian Championship thingy. My immediate reaction was exactly the same as my nine … Continue reading

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Arsenal v Spurs: Mertesacker is not what Arsenal need

Arsene Wenger’s recent teams are known for two things: free-flowing attacking football that’s easy on the eyes and defenders, particularly central defenders, who are simply not up to the physical aspects of the EPL. So Wenger’s transfer deadline solution? Bring … Continue reading

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Valencia vs Barcelona analysis

Not my analysis (and I can’t figure out how my one attempt to use game footage for analysis got yanked off of YouTube so quickly and ones that like this are able to stay up uncontested but I’m glad that … Continue reading

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Memo for Fábio Coentrão

Hey Fabio, I know you’re new at Real Madrid and it takes a bit of getting used to how Jose wants you to play defensively and all but here’s a little nugget of wisdom for you. Watch yourself on the … Continue reading

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