Watch: Philadelphia's Ilsinho slice through NYCFC defense

In his first appearance in more than a month since straining his right quadriceps, Brazilian Ilsinho came off the bench to clinch the Philadelphia Union's 2-0 win over New York City FC by splitting two defenders and evading a third before scoring between a fourth defender and keeper Sean Johnson.

4 comments about "Watch: Philadelphia's Ilsinho slice through NYCFC defense".
  1. Bob Ashpole, August 19, 2018 at 6:47 p.m.

    Beautiful. He makes taking on the whole back line look far easier than it is. An intelligent run by a team mate to clear some space too. It made the fullback make a bad decision and Ilsinho punished them for it. 

  2. frank schoon replied, August 20, 2018 at 10 a.m.

    bob, love it. It reminds of the days when wingers would this so often. But that 3rd defender, #2 is a joke. Note when he took a step with a right foot the left, he was beat. This is a perfect for coaches to realize it is not about SPEED but about balance. Good wingers watch for that type of situation. That is why when I teach one on one move from the flanks ,I make the player learn to move in a zig zag movement fashion in order make the defender move in a zig zag fashion and make thereby when he zigs you zag....I was just on youtube Figo how without speed he beats his opponent employing zig zag.
    I just received a video from one of my kids that I gave personal lessons for many years. His problem is his size, which to me is joke but that is typical of today's coaches,
    check him out, it is called"Imad scrimmage clips"  
    he is the smallest guy in middle of the field with a lot of hair....

  3. Bob Ashpole replied, August 20, 2018 at 8:55 p.m.

    Interesting clip. He has vision and decision making. Quick. The technical quality of the clip made it very difficult for me to see more.

    On the "zig zag" I call it "wrong-footing" the defender. Force him to commit in one direction and then cut in the other direction. That is why I think it is best to run to a side of a defender, instead of directly at the defender, to force the defender to move while you approach. If you run staight at him he can stay balanced longer and gives more time for cover (the 2nd man) to close up.

    I also think being 2-footed is important, because amateur defenders always overplay the "weak" foot and should be punished for it.  

  4. frank schoon replied, August 21, 2018 at 9:37 a.m.

    Imad played for VCU in Richmond, but all through his playing days coaches wanted big midfielders, always looking for size, same thing happened to him at DC United Academy. At midfield,it is not about size, look at Modric, Xavi, etc, but about quick ballhandling skills and vision...
    It is nice to be 2footed as a wing and it gives you two options of going inside or outside. I prefer the wings to play rightfooted on right ,vice versa. But today everyone cuts inside, which is so predictable. 
    I've always taught Imad to come at an opponent from an angle thereby the cut will always result  in not only the ball going downfield in the run of play but also forces the defender to turn 130-180degrees .
    Good wingers always look for the opponents weakness as far as stance or positioning. I taught Imad also if you come directly at the opponent and he is positioned square ,facing you, then dribble, at least twice, towards either his left side or the right side, forcing him to commit thereby allowing you to cut to the opposite side of the defender straight downfield....

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