Thursday, November 25, 2010

Power Soccer Styles Part Two

As promised yesterday, today we'll talk about a few other power soccer styles namely the San Jose Steamrollers and the RHI Sudden Impact. To start with the contrasts, I need to establish I'm talking about the Sudden Impact of 2009 which is after JC and Natalie Russo went to Ball State but before Katie Dickey went to Arizona State. Basically, San Jose has two complete lines. Both of them are insanely talented, but there are two distinct styles. One is more of a finesse team while the other has much more power. The point is that they use a lot of players. The contrast is that the Sudden Impact of the era that I have indicated essentially played a two-person game. A majority of the time Katie or Jordan Dickey was handling the ball or playing defense. The third player on the floor, usually Andrew Seever, played forward but was mainly used as the weak side sniper. As the ball rolled across the floor, he was normally wide open to finish off the goal. Basically, the point I am trying to make is that one team rotates so many players whereas another team basically played three players with a definite focus on two. Again, just like I said yesterday, you have to play with what you have, and both of these teams used definitely different strategies and both experienced tremendous success.
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