Krol's revelations raise some questions


When I first heard about the Fire's interest in Krzysztof Krol, I assumed that the team was looking at him as a potential replacement for left back Gonzalo Segares. I stopped operating under that assumption a few hours ago, when I read Charlie Corr's report in which Krol revealed that he has been playing primarily as a left midfielder in preseason training.

"I can go forward, I can dribble and I can score goals," Krol told Corr in a phone interview on Wednesday. "I've been playing as a left midfielder [in training], and I like this position. I like to push up."

Interestingly enough, that was not all Krol revealed in yesterday's interview. He also told Corr that the Fire has been playing with a three man back line throughout training camp. Apparently, there's no stopping the Fire's change train this offseason. And it would be a pretty radical change for the Fire -- a team that so heavily relied on a four man defensive set last year -- to go to a three man back line in 2010. On the surface, I'm not opposed to the move. After all, I've been behind Frank Klopas's and Carlos de los Cobos's bid to make the Fire a more attacking team all offseason and now would be a strange point to jump off that bandwagon.

But for whatever reason, I just can't seem to fully get behind a three man back line. Don't get me wrong, I'm still all in favor of the Fire becoming a more attacking side, but I just always assumed that they would be making that transition with four -- not three -- guys playing directly in front of Jon Busch.

Suffice it to say that I've just never been a fan of playing with three in the back. I think it makes it harder to get the ball from the defense to the outside midfielders. I think it narrows the game. I think those things are bad for the Fire -- who don't exactly have a huge attacking presence in the center of the midfield with John Thorrington and Logan Pause stationed there.

But the beauty of soccer is that we get to see how everything plays out in the end. If a three man back line is a good tactic for the Fire, it will show on the field. If not... well, let's just hope that we won't have to see that.


I should be talking to Fire rookie Kwame Watson-Siriboe later on today. If you want to ask him a question, post it in the comments section below. I'll do my best to work it in.


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  • 2-5-3 new england play something like this. We'll see what kind of formation they will use against Whitecaps on Monday...

  • Welcome to the Fire Kwame, how's the head doing? Have you made close friends with any of the guys yet?

  • Krol will still be the leftback, but I imagine Cobos is experimenting with guys that will allow him to fluidly switch formations throughout a game. If Krol can play midfield it means that the Fire can start with a 4 man backline and switch to a 3-5-2 or a 3-4-3 midstream and do it in a number of ways to confuse the opponents marking, Krol can move to mid, but so can Conde and as we know so can Ward, 3 of our back 4 will be able to move into a midfield spot and they can interchange throughout the game. We're used to static formations, this team will be anything but that.

  • Sam, playing in a 3-5-2 doesn

  • In reply to ggorecki:

    Like every coach we have had in recent years. I have always like the 3-5-2 formation. The midfield is where the game is won or lost. It also allows your most creative player to be free without causing a backlash from the formation. It would be interesting to see Pappa play as the creative midfielder with Thorrington and Pause in behind him. Pause is a 3-5-2 midfielder because his game doesnt have the attacking quality needed in a 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1. With the 3-5-2 we would need a player like Pause to sit in front of the back 3 alot like Makelele did for Madrid and more recently Chelsea. Its a great formation if used properly.

  • In reply to ggorecki:

    And don't forget that we played with a 3-5-2 a lot in the early years under Bradley.

    Besides, I would expect to see a lot of formations in preseason, both for the coach to test how the players work in different roles and to teach them how to deal with various formations. Even Sarachan did that in preseason.

  • In reply to ggorecki:

    2 years ago i would have no idea what you all are talking about,,,its really cool to learn from guessin that alot of your formation depends on how good your keeper is....yes/no?

  • In reply to bert:

    No not really. It's all about the players that are there. For instance, we couldn't play a 4-4-2 when Blanco was playing last year because he couldnt move to get back on defense. We had to play a 4-5-1( the worst formation of all time). 3-5-2, IMO, should have good center backs that control the field like Conde. The should also have a extremely defensive minded player like Pause to play just infront of that center back. If you want more attacking from the back then the outside backs should be more attack minded, like Krol and Ward. The good thing about Ward is that he is also a very good defender so I'm curious to see where he will play him. I dont know Krol enough to say if he is a good defender or not. So I would love to see a 3-5-2 or a 4-3-3. I think we have the players here to play either of those.

  • In reply to bert:

    Im interested to see where DLC plays Ward this season. With Robinson stepping up last year and Brown back, either of them could play in a 3-5-2. Ward would be a great defensive mid for us. He wants to go forward but also loves to go in for a tackle. I think he would be a great fit for the Makelele role on our team.

  • In reply to bert:

    News on the CBA- deadline extended to 2/25, but there might be positive news as salary cap and guaranteed contracts may have been resolved.

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