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Revolution 4-1-4-1 Formation No Longer Fits the Striker Talent

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Hey all, I am really interested in hearing what everyone else thinks about our current formation, and whether or not you see it working for the New England Revolution in the future.

So, the Revs are off to a slow start this year and we haven't been able to find the back of the net yet. In my opinion, Heaps' go-to formation, featuring a lone striker, is the main problem. The main counterargument is that Heaps loves his defensive midfield role, which obviously has its upside. Having a player perform well in a defensive midfield role is key because it not only bolsters our defense, but it is also an invaluable tool for transition play.

However, we have to realize that Juan Agudelo is no longer on the roster, and, as a result, we need to change our approach accordingly. Agudelo possessed a tremendous skill-set that matched exactly what Heaps wanted: efficient hold up play, the ability to link up with the midfielders, the ability to play into feet and behind the defense, and of course, the ability to finish. Trying to force the personnel we have now into this formation just doesn't work, and it is evident that our attacking players look lost in these roles.

The current player who best fits this formation at striker would have to be Dimitry Imbongo, but I think he lacks the necessary prowess in front of goal (not to mention his hot headed mentality). However, that is not to say that I think Imbongo shouldn't play; on the contrary, I love Imbongo and his physicality. But forcing Jerry Bengston and Teal Bunbury into becoming lone strikers is a long and unnecessary process. Bengston has been just about as bad as anyone and seems to be a complete bust. What makes him so efficient for Honduras, though, is that he works off another striker and can focus on poaching. Bunbury also works much better in a pair and proved himself to be a legitimate goalscorer in MLS when put into the right spot.

I would love to see Bengston, Charlie Davies, Saer Sene, Bunbury, Patrick Mullins, Imbongo all rotating up top in pairs. When I look at the roster I see a good amount of attacking talent, but I also see a system that doesn't work for these players. Why keep mashing and forcing the puzzle pieces together when they make fit somewhere else?

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