With almost a month to go before the Timbers and Sounders square off in the battle for rightful possession of the Cascadia Cup the talk of changing the Sounders formation is once again in the air.
Now, a lot of this comes from people just hating on the 4-4-2 as an “out of date” and “archaic” attacking system. There are others that have been so bold as to say that the Timbers with their 4-3-3 could, based upon 120 minute friendly, dominate the Sounders due to the weaknesses of the formation.
I’m hardly in agreement with that summation and I’m not necessarily in a rush to change the shape of the starting XI. I kind of like the fact that we do something different and something that is ours.
It’s true that more and more teams are pushing towards some of the more popular Euro formation trends, such as the 4-2-3-1 and the current Caleb Porter endorsed 4-3-3.
Do the Sounders need to change their shape in an effort to compete with other teams? Are they giving away too much of a tactical advantage by going with their traditional 4-4-2? If they were to change what formation would you prefer and why?