GAMETHREAD: KC Springs Tactical Surprise! Fire v SKC, MLS #10

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Vermes sends Sporting out in a 3-5-2 against unchanged Chicago XI

When the lineups came out for today's matchup against Sporting Kansas City at Toyota Park, gasps could be heard: SKC, the most committed 4-3-3 team in the league, the foremost purveyors of in-your-face pressing in the league, were coming out in a 3-5-2.

It's getting all mid-90s Premiership in here, and it makes some sense in light of this:

Chicago named an unchanged XI, deployed in the same 4-4-2 that just deboned a decent New York defense. The Sporks have essentially one healthy centerback, and that's Palmer-Brown, a 17-year-old kid with exactly zero minutes first-team experience. Expect KC's shape to look like a 5-3-2 whenever the Fire are in possession, with Myers and Sinovic getting lots of help on the flanks from Peterson and Julião.

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