The "No. 10's," creative attacking midfielders who should be slicing defenses apart, have started sluggishly in the young MLS season.
Players like Christian Gomez
, Sacha Kljestan
, Mehdi Ballouchy
, Stuart Holden
, Steve Ralston
, Jorge Rojas
, David Ferreira
and Bobby Convey
have all struggled to conjure the creativity and cutting-edge attacking expected of them. None of
these players have stamped their names on the list of the league's assist leaders.
Many explanations account for such limited production: bad luck, injuries, form and tactical
adjustments to new positions and teams. Whatever the reasons for underperformance, many MLS teams are now struggling to make those small adjustments that can unlock the creative and lethal plays that
these players get paid to make.
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