Three Tactical Tweaks: LAFC vs Portland Timbers

LAFC is going on the road for the first time in four matches. They take on the Portland Timbers at Providence Park. To preview the match, we will take a look at three tactical tweaks Bob Bradley can make on Saturday afternoon.

Three Tactical Tweaks

Tactical Tweak #1

Start Jordan Harvey ahead of Steven Beitashour.

Beitashour put in one of his worst performances of the season last time out against New York City FC. He was nonexistent for most of the match. When Beitashour was on the ball, he either hit a poor pass or was taken off the ball.

Yes, Beitashour is probably getting more minutes because he is going to the World Cup and needs the fitness. But there comes a point where Bradley has to consider getting all three points instead of settling for one. Having all 11 players contribute positively will be a big step in reaching that end goal.

Tactical Tweak #2

Is it time to finally start Lee Nguyen? The magic eight ball says yes. Benny Feilhaber has not been the Benny Feilhaber of old. Because of that, he’s one of the weaker points in the middle of the pitch.

Nguyen could provide a little more stability in the middle of the park and might bring a different look with his vision.

Tactical Tweak #3

Bob Bradley loves his 4-2-3-1 formation. However, he has changed to a 3-4-3 on occasion. So the questions this: what formation should LAFC come out with? Should they stick with what’s working? The 4-2-3-1 does have its downfalls and NYCFC exploited them last time out. Or should Bradley try something new, maybe a 4-3-3?

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Here’s how they would line up in a 4-3-3 with the other tactical tweaks in mind. You lose a little going forward, buy Mark-Anthony Kaye does have an attacking mindset. So, even while in transition, you could expect Kaye to join the attack.

This formation allows LAFC to clog up the middle of the pitch get and provide cover for the back line. The one area of concern for the 4-3-3 is that teams could exploit the wings. That means that both Latif Blessing and Carlos Vela would have to be able to track back. Blessing does that well enough, but would Vela be up for that task?


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