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Fixing the Attack

Revolution midfielder/forward Ryan Guy spoke about the team's attacking ails after Saturday's 1-0 loss to FC Dallas. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

Revolution midfielder/forward Ryan Guy spoke about the team’s attacking ails after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to FC Dallas. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It’s not a reach to say that the Revolution are probably going to focus on honing the attack during the next two weeks of training.

But according to midfielder/forward Ryan Guy, nothing sharpens the form better than game action.

“There’s only so much you can do on the training pitch,” Guy said after Saturday’s game. “Once you get on the field, especially against high-level opposition, it does change things a little bit and your chemistry is tested. I think that’s what’s going on: we’re going through a feeling out period of one another.”

In the last four games, the Revolution have used five different central midfielders, and three different outside winger sets. Some of the changes are due to injuries, while others are due to specific matchups. But both have conspired to keep Heaps from fielding a consistent lineup, or formation, for that matter.

“Definitely,” Guy said. “A lot of us have talked about (finding a preferred formation). I think once we get that formation settled, and we probably will, we’re a team where we have so much depth that we’ll probably have a couple of formations.”

So far, Jay Heaps has used the 4-2-3-1, but with subtle tweaks in each of the team’s first four games. While Saturday’s formation resembled a 4-4-2, Guy said his role wasn’t as cut and dried as it appeared.

“This one was a little strange because (my position) really wasn’t a striker position,” Guy said. “It was more of a center midfield position (but) it wasn’t quite working the way we had hoped.”

Guy admitted that it took the team “a good 40-45 minutes” to get used to the intricacies of the formation used on Saturday, even though they’d practiced it on the training pitch. He said that much of the team’s success within that alignment rested on his familiarity with Juan Toja, and that there were some obvious growing pains.

But even so, the third-year Revolution veteran believes that even though the club’s only scored one goal through its first four, it’s just a matter of time before it all comes together.

“Once we get comfortable with those couple formations, it’s going to be very hard to defend,” Guy said. “I just think unfortunately, some of these things take time. The more we’re going to play, I think the better it’s going to look, the better it’s going to feel and I think the easier it’s going to come and the result of all those things is goals.”


  1. Jim

    April 2, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Problem is, how long can you wait if you expect to make the playoffs.

    First half Saturday was terrible. The Revs brought in a bunch of new players and yet Guy starts, Soares starts and Simms starts. Are the new players not even good enough to push the players from last years squad out of the line up? If that is the case there are two problems…talent evaluation stinks and the season is a repeat of last year.

    Soares cannot play the ball out of the back, he seems to rather enjoy launching the ball 30 rows deep into the empty seats. Farrell HAS to be the long term/short term answer at center back as there will never be any solid transition with Soares in the back, love his spirit but he yet to show the ability to link play out of the back going on 3 years now.

    With all the supposed “wealth of options” in the midfield we are still playing Simms as a glorified center back to cover for the two who cant handle the position. If the current starting line up, minus Sene, is the best they can muster up there will be lots of zero’s on the score sheet. Diego at least looked threatening on occasion and has some pace, Farrell looks like he can be a beast with some experience and I don’t see why Rowe is not playing more.

  2. Chris B

    April 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Ryan is awesome!

    Hope they can get this formation issue settled in the bye week!

  3. W Peter Jones

    April 2, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Re Guys article above playing soccer in a live game I think the Revs will miss playing in reserve games we have eleven first players six subs & four players playing with the Rhinos (21) players, we have 10 more players twiddling there thumbs on the side line not getting any live soccer games .A reserve game would be a great way to tweak the attack for the first team and any of the first team pool (10) players and some Acedemy players to get some live match practice?

  4. kidkalik

    April 4, 2013 at 10:36 am

    for all the Mcca haters at least he does try to build it out of the back rather than long ball it…

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