We’re almost halfway there and, after Saturday night’s dominating 3-0 win over Houston, RSL are third in the West with 1.79 ppg. The type of dominance they’ve shown this week isn’t typical – they’re much more of the ‘every game is a knife fight’ type than the ‘every game is a masterpiece’ type.
I avoided breaking them down with one of the longer sections here for two main reasons:
I’ll let RSL play-by-play announcer Brian Dunseth win. This is from last Tuesday’s Power Rankings show:
“There’s nothing that makes sense,” Dunny told Andrew Wiebe and me when we asked him what he thought of this current season’s secret sauce. about pressing, stats, possession and expected goals and all that, but it’s one of those teams where I can never figure anything out. As for you, I don’t know what it is, and I don’t know how to explain it.
“I can’t tell you what it is. I don’t know. I just see a team that wants to fight.”
That’s what a guy who watches Claret-and-Cobalt like a hawk every week has to say! They break patterns and brains with the way they pull off, and it feels so much like week-to-week shifts that it’s hard to pick one particular game premise and point it out as something they rely on .
However, I will be point out a particular pattern of play that we see time and time again from RSL, regardless of formation – theirs or the opponent’s. You can watch it on the first goal: