7/26/17 - LA Galaxy II opposition analysis
Galaxy II exploitation | How Energy FC can use a similar 3-2-2-3 shape to hurt Galaxy low-block
Galaxy II exploitation | How to work around LA Galaxy II low-block
Galaxy II exploitation | weak counter-press against Reno and Galaxy high-press style
Galaxy II exploitation | Galaxy used a 4-5-1 against Tulsa and why Energy need to stick to their own strengths
Galaxy II exploitation | Galaxy poor at defending set-pieces
Galaxy II exploitation - Galaxy defend narrow and Reno make use of width and through-balls
Galaxy II exploitation | A decent non-pressing high-block option for Energy to use
Notes and Strategy:
- Energy FC should seek to control the game. The best way to do this is a similar approach to how they faced Colorado Springs - possession-direct.
- Possess the ball between your three CBs and two DM/CMs and look for vertical options to find good 1v1 for wing-backs to stretch out an already weak Galaxy II backline
- Switch the play quickly, because there are often huge gaps in midfield when the Galaxy use their low-block 4-4-2. Once the play is switched, look for direct options of passing
- Don't get cute with the ball. Energy FC looked in control when they slowed down the play and built up and rotated for vertical long balls and options.
- Be careful where the Energy FC are ambitious with their passing. The Galaxy II are decent at counters.
- Don't be afraid to launch plenty of crosses or play defensively.
- As with many teams at this level, transitioning from attack to defense is difficult - Galaxy are poor at this.
- Be careful about Tyler Turner when he's coming down the right-wing or trying to link further up. He's got good dribbling and pace. Don't be afraid to use tactical fouls on him.
- When transitioning from defense to attack, use those same forward/wing-back rotations you used against Colorado, the Galaxy struggle at defending wide through-balls!