4-3-3 Failure to Launch

May 25, 2015

(Forgive my MS Paint Skills)

As I’ve implored you earlier Dom, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The Quakes used another 4-3-3 set against an Orlando team with only three wins on the season.  The Quakes even went a man up when Brek Shea was shown a red for a studs-up challenge on Sanna Nyassi.  Yet they struggled to score goals as their natural #9 forward Wondo was playing behind Nyassi, and generated just one shot in the game.

My question to Dom: Why?  The 4-1-4-1 was working so well!  Yet now you seem more determined than ever to stick with a broken system than go with what works.

Based upon stats I’ve gathered, the 4-3-3 with Wondo at mid is the worst-performing formation this season.  Here are some per game averages:

Formation Shots SoG Goals Chances Crosses Set Pieces
4-2-3-1 11.5 4 1.5 8.25 20 0.75
4-1-4-1 12.5 6 1.5 9 26.5 0.5
4-3-3 10.67 3.17 0.67 7 17 0.33


Dom, we are averaging less shots, shots on goal, goals, chances, crosses, and set pieces.  I told you back in April this was a broken system and should be abandoned.  If I can’t convince you, hopefully yesterday’s performance was your wake-up call.



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