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Here it is, the first letter to the editor of 1999.
It seems so far that not too many teams are getting players from outside the league. Maybe that will change in the coming weeks. Ironically, the Burn can improve without adding players: Get everyone healthy, and they are contenders. But never one to stop wishing, here's my wish list.
1. Trottman spent the winter getting
better, and the Burn don't really need another forward to go with Dante.
Yup, that about does it.
We would wish for all of these too. Plus, our draft picks working out... -ED.
Second Letter of 1999
Good article though I differ on many of your
The 4-4-2 would most definitely benefit Santel who is having a lackluster season. It might be a boon to Washington who is an old fashion center forward.
Did you watch the US-Derby friendly? The US- playing a 4-4-2 - suffered from awful service from Hejduk on the right side and was saved by Lewis's stellar play on the left. A 4-4-2 MUST have speedy flank players who can cross as well and defend as well as attacking forwards with good heading and volleying skills.
Who on the Burn fits these requirements?
So- should the Burn change formations? Wonder what Fergie would have cited in previous years when Man U didn't win the treble, certainly not the formation...
I'm not sure the Burn have the personnel to make
a 4-4-2 shift an improvement. The Burn seem to have an abundance of good midfield players
which would favor a 5 midfield system. Still- are any true wingers?
Interesting points. It would take a whole new article to rebut.... We'll give you an updated 4-4-2 arguement in the offseason. - ED
Third Letter of 1999
I just came across your web page
yesterday. I'm a Burn fan, so it was a pleasant surprise. I read through a few
of your articles, and had one quibble with the article above, specifically your suggested
4-4-2 lineup. Rodriguez's talents would be largely wasted placing him in a
full-back position. Did you see the game between El Salvador v. Columbia a couple
of months ago? El Salvador won, and Rodriguez was the glue. Watching the game was a
revelation. Rodriguez has never been used to his full potential by Dir.
Wow, two responses to the same article must be a record. #rd Degree loves input from readers, especially if they have seen something we haven't. And yes, we have recommended that Zarco play d-mid. See 2000 Burn for a full discussion -ED
Fourth Letter of 1999
Um, Thanks... I am sure Viking will be pleased. Hey, that was two letters by one reader! -ED
You didn't come out with a favorite or a team
who had an overall advantage, except for the comment on Eck. I think you're
completely correct with your comment. Absolutely everything goes through Nowak. His
ability to run into space and break defenses down is amazing. But if Eck contains him
(which he can do), we definitely should win. On our offensive end, I think Okaroh is
easily a match for Jason, and I don't see Jason doing much unless Graziani or our midfield
really becomes a problem for CJ. Personally, CJ has not had a good year and Graziani moves
around so much and so well that CJ won't be able to handle him. Hopefully, Graziani will
be so "on" that Kubik won't be able to come forward either. I know Zarco
can easily handle Kosecki, unless we get a poor ref. I'm worried about Razov: on an
"on" day he's super dangerous. If Pollard does a good job of tracking him,
including when he wanders mid-field, things could work out for us. I'm really
looking forward to Daniv v. Gutierrez. Hopefully Daniv enters completely healthy. If so, I
think Gutierrez will get into some early foul trouble. Comments aside, do you have
any idea what the gate is going to be like?
Your comments are right on. 3rd Degree usually tries to just analyze the game, but if forced to pick We'll go with Dallas over Chicago. gate? 13, 574... How's that for an arbitrary guess. - ED