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ASN Morning Read: All it Takes is 49 Seconds

The United States women's national team struggles in the first half before a newcomer breaks the deadlock less than a minute into her debut; we're going with a 3-5-2?; the Battle for New York heats up.
BY Noah Davis Posted
October 20, 2016
8:35 AM
  • Yanks Try Out 3-5-2 Setup in 4-0 Win Over Swiss: "The United States women's national team took advantage of four second-half tallies to cruise to a 4-0 victory over Switzerland on Wednesday night in Sandy, Utah. Calling in a revamped roster as the team begins the long road to the 2019 World Cup, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis surprised nearly everyone with her starting formation—trotting out a 3-5-2 in the first of two friendlies against the 15th-ranked Swiss."

  • This is a good start to a national team career:
  • It's pretty remarkable how quickly the New York Red Bull-NYCFC rivalry became a thing: "If NYCFC win this weekend and the Red Bulls lose in Philadelphia, both sides will have the exact same win-loss-draw record, forcing separation on goal difference. The Red Bulls boast a plus-15 GD, while NYCFC has plus-2. It takes more than one game to shape such a season-long stat, but the 7-0 result made for a 14-goal swing between the two, as compared to the 13 goals that currently separate them. If that margin wins the Red Bulls the No. 1 seed in the East, it will be a sweet irony for their fans, but it will mean nothing if NYCFC surpasses them in the playoffs. The battle for New York just got ramped up for the national stage."

  • Timber! go the Timbers' CCL chances.

  • Don't forget to vote in MLS's best dressed coaches poll

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