US Triestina: Squad evaluation #2

Introduction

Following my initial post which outlined the rebuilding work at US Triestina in Serie C, this follow-up article will describe the systems I used in my first season. Suffice to say, performances were excellent and after an inauspicious start, I was delighted with the results.

My target for the season as determined by the Board was to achieve a play-off spot in Serie C, which required a top ten finish. I was very confident that I could deliver this, and more.

In this post I will evaluate the existing squad members and explain how I put it all together into three different systems.

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Dynamo Project: Part 2

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Club DNA

The first question you might ask is what sort of player you will need to recreate Lobanovsky’s system, or indeed any kind of “gegenpressing” tactic, work. Primarily you want players with as much Stamina, Workrate and Determination as possible. I’m looking for something in 14-16 range ideally. As long as they are gifted in that trio, they will run their hearts out in whatever system you employ. Although, it helps if you use fitting team instructions and roles to get the best out them (more on that later).

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#FCHawaii ; Season One Review I

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The first month of league football was a tough one. The fixture list threw up 3 huge games and the results were hard to take. Opening day against Red Bulls pitched us against the most dominant attacking side throughout the MLS last year & they started in the best possible way when Bradley Wright-Phillips opened the scoring within 33 seconds.

Coming up against an NYCFC side that we could’ve beaten but narrowly lost out but with our strongest Centre Back pairing out injured, it was two SuperDraft picks who filled in. Everything went the way of NYCFC, possession, shots, goals. It just wasn’t our day. Our first ever MLS League goal came against Orlando City through Ramon Nunez, a Waiver Draft pick. We were truly unlucky to lose to Orlando with a Dom Dwyer brace finishing us off.

Designated Player Kyle Bartley limped off early on against Columbus in a 1-1 draw. A fair result overall considering our form has been poor. Manchester City Loanee Joel Latibeaudiere got the only goal of the game for us from the penalty spot.

The last 2 games of the month were against New England & Houston. Two teams that we should’ve beaten but never did, Juan Agudelo scored an absolute beauty in the last few minutes of our game against New England, while Khiry Shelton scored our only goal of the game in a 1-1 draw with Houston. Both games were a tale of two halves, either side dominated one half while we dominated the other. Is this a sign that we are finally starting to find our rhythm?

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Welcome to #Hawaii

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“When you think of Hawaii, you think of 5-star hotels, you think of Islands & a tropical climate. Not soccer, it’s one of those things that’s not working in the US, I mean look at the state of US Soccer right now. It’s in free-fall, the last thing we need is another money grab from Garber, it’s a repeat of NYCFC. The backing of a Big sports team & boom, instant franchise.”

The Beginning

Not many people know that Hawaii actually has Eight islands, however, only 7 are populated. The biggest is, of course, Oahu which has a population of over 900 thousand followed by Hawai’i which is still a way behind with just over 185 thousand. This story is set on the island of Oahu, central Oahu to be exact.

Now, let me give you some background. LAFC who were meant to be joining in the 2018 season collapsed in early 2017, just as the foundations of the Banc of California were being laid. This sent the MLS into a huge panic, Nashville had no time to make a sudden switch over to the MLS, Detroit & Sacramento were still working hard to win that last expansion bid, so where could they turn to?

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