Paul Mariner and Brad Feldman discussed the strengths and challenges as the New England Revolution transitions to playing the 4-4-2 formation.
Mariner loves what the formation will bring to the Revs -- he's especially excited to see the number of runners in the box.
"You've got to put the system together that's going to suit the players," Mariner said. "And I just feel that the way [Revolution coach] Jay [Heaps] has put this system together with the players -- I think it's perfect for them. They've got the protection in front of the two central defenders -- absolutely ideal. The only way that this shouldn't get it done is if they're flat and it's that long ball -- it's like that Leicester City ball over the top for the likes of [Jamie] Vardy. That won't happen."
"But the beauty about this system is this is a very attacking system," he said. "When you're in posession of the ball, you've always got to think about what happens if it breaks down. That's what Jay will be drilling into the boys. Yes, it's going to be beautiful going forward, but when they lose it, it's absolutely key that they pick up in the right areas."
Mariner explained "it's going to be a nightmare" for the opposition.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Cristian Penilla scored the tying goal in the first minute of first-half stoppage time and the New England Revolution held on for a 2-2 draw with the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.
Penilla one-timed Juan Agudelo's arching pass to cap the scoring for New England (3-2-2) on the final play of the first half.
Gyasi Zardes made it 2-1 for the Crew (3-3-2) in the 43rd minute with a right-footed shot from the middle of the 18-yard box for his fifth goal of the season.
Columbus also took the opening lead in the ninth minute when Milton Valenzuela sent Federico Higuain's deep cross back toward the face of the goal and New England's Andrew Farrell inadvertently headed it into the back of his own net.
Teal Bunbury leveled it at 1-all in the 14th minute with a right-footed shot that deflected slightly off defender Jonathan Mensah and bounced in off the far post.
The Crew snapped a three-game losing streak.
FOXBORO - Jacori Hayes scored his first MLS goal and Jimmy Maurer had his second shutout in FC Dallas' 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday night.
Hayes first-timed a cross from Roland Lamah to give FC Dallas (2-0-3) the lead in the 76th minute. New England failed to clear a cross by Santiago Mosquera and Lamah rolled it to Hayes, charging through the center of the box, who tapped just inside the near post.
Maurer, who finished with a career-high six saves, has two clean sheets in five career starts and his .905 save percentage is the highest in MLS.
Dallas, which won on the road for just the second time in its last 14 tries, is unbeaten in its last six regular-season games, dating to last season. New England (3-2-1) had its four-game unbeaten streak snapped.