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Fire Advances

In a show of absolute tactical savvy, Juan Carlos Osorio the Chicago Manager outfoxed Tom Soehn and DC United despite United having an active home crowd and a superior club. It must be pointed out that Soehn made two huge mistakes in the past few weeks that created the environment for Chicago’s success.

1- Playing Jaime Moreno and Luciano Emilio in the final meaningless game against Columbus. United had already clinched the Supporters Shield and Columbus had been eliminated from playoff consideration.

2- Flipping Devin McTavish and Bobby Boswell three times as starters in the last two weeks. Each Chicago goal scored in the playoffs has been the responsibility of either McTavish or Boswell.

MLS Managers tend to not understand sophisticated tactics. The least they can do is get their team sheet right. That having been said DC United was hamstrung by some circumstances far beyond Tom Soehn’s control and we’ll elaborate on that more tomorrow.

About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC. View all posts by Kartik Krishnaiyer →

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