malcontentjakeThe Sounders "W" defense. With the fullbacks pushing into the attack and generally playing higher than the centerbacks, and the CDM dropping deep to play "sweeper" when necessary, the average position of the back 5 players takes on more of a "W" shape


FeriAtsIsn't this what the rest of the world calls playing with a defensive midfielder?



Typically a defensive midfielder sits in front of the defense and minimizes the space in between lines. This guy drops between the centerbacks to allow a slower, more gradual build-up play from the back, while the fullbacks get forward and provide width.

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DioIn Brazil this became the 3-5-2 system, an adaptation of the 4-4-2 diamond.