The Delco Times has a summary of Jim Curtin’s press conference, in which he states his intention to stick with the 4-2-3-1. In light of his comments, does formation matter? A thoughtful piece on how coaches love to dismiss discussion of formation, and whether style of play is more important.
Some takeaways from Curtin’s conference: NYCFC are going to be aggressive, Haris Medjunanin is playing well, and we need to be patient. In the video, Curtin also seeks to answer why Keegan Rosenberry has not got up the flank as often as counterpart Fabinho.
Major League Soccer
The evolution of the fullback position in the MLS has made the role an investment, not a way to construct a bargain squad.
Related: Who are the top five fullbacks in MLS? (Slideshow warning.)
A look at the league’s undefeated and, uh, defeated teams. Union shout out, of course.
Montreal Impact defender Wandrille Lefevre has been suspended for wielding a gun in an Instagram post mentioning 45. Not a good idea.
Didier Drogba returns stateside… to Phoenix?! Yes, Drogba has joined USL club Phoenix Rising as a player-owner. He mentions the team’s MLS aspirations as the reason behind the move.
The first round matchups of the US Lamar Hunt Open Cup have been released, with Ocean City hosting Junior Lone Star May 10. Reading hosts Clarkstown SC Eagles the same day.
The long history of the Cup to the present.
Thomas Tuchel takes issue with how UEFA rescheduled Dortmund’s match following a terrorist attack on the team’s bus. The team was given no choice. Dortmund were down 0-2 at half. Tuchel brought on Nuri Sahin and Christian Pulisic at the half and Dortmund were able to respond with two goals (one assist from Pulisic!), but Monaco scored one for a 3-2 win.