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.