Formations & Tactics

2014 EC Preview: Columbus Crew

In the second installment of B&RU's look around the Eastern Conference, we take a look at the Columbus Crew. There's a new coach, a new mindset, and a remade back four. Is it enough to improve upon last season's disappointment?

2014 EC Preview: Chicago Fire

We start B&RU's look around the Eastern Conference with the Chicago Fire because of the alphabet. Frank Yallop has changed the formation and made several moves, but the Men in Red still look very dependent on Mike Magee.

Should DCU try an empty bucket?

While it is the least exciting of the three options so far, an empty bucket 4-4-2 could prove effective for D.C. United this year.

Everyone else likes the 433. Why not D.C. United?

With the Black-and-Red set to start playing preseason games this week, we asked the B&RU editors what formations they'd like to see the team look at. The second part of the series will look at the very fashionable 433.

Ben Olsen, try the 4-4-2 diamond. You'll like it!

With the Black-and-Red set to start playing preseason games this week, we asked the B&RU editors what formations they'd like to see the team look at. In the first response, from Managing Editor Adam M Taylor, we look at an RSL-style 4-4-2 diamond.

Jeff Parke, D.C. United, And You: What to expect

D.C. United threw everyone for a loop by trading Ethan White to the Philadelphia for a very different kind of center back in Jeff Parke. A look at what Parke brings to the table and how the Black-and-Red will have to adapt their style of play.

What if the Dax-for-DeRo trade had never happened?

In mid-2011, D.C. United traded newly-acquired captain Dax McCarty to the Red Bulls for Dwayne De Rosario, and Ben Olsen's blueprint for his side was instantly flipped on its head. What if the trade had never happened?

EC Semifinal 2nd Leg Scouting Report

NYRB suddenly looks vulnerable despite hosting the second leg against the Dynamo, while Sporting KC hosts the Revolution needing to do what they've failed to do in each of the past two years: Win a home playoff game with their season on the line.

Scouting Report: Houston Dynamo

Does United have any chance against an angry, desperate Dynamo side? Probably not, but we're looking into it anyway.

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