There is that essential few seconds that takes place in a game when the ball is lost.
How quickly teams can transition from defense to attack and attack to defense is vital.
For me this will be the real issue in the Dynamo v. Chicago Fire game on Wednesday in the one game elimination that gives the winner an opportunity at the number one seed Sporting Kansas City.
So here is how I see it playing out:
The Dynamo will have the better of the ball possession in this game.
The Chicago Fire are going to want to get back to their defend deep, invite the opponent in type of football.
Simple, invite the Dynamo in, dare them to break them down and when they win the ball try to find Patrick Nyarko, Chris Rolfe an Sherji MCDonald, Alvaro Fernandez on the counter attack.
So how do the Dynamo counter this?
It is essential they get immediate pressure on the ball when lost forcing the Fire to play passes either square towards the sidelines or back so the Dynamo can get organized and back behind the ball. The “Orange” must have a good shape and good team balance even when in possession so that they are in good starting positions defensively to deal with the loss of possession.
The worst case scenario is if the Fire are allowed to find Nyarko and company early and they can go out central defenders Bobby Boswell and Jermaine Taylor who potentially could be pulled out of the middle.
This will be a bit of a chess match and a one goal game.