Watch: Akron display the art of the patient buildup

A sequence of 34 passes led to Akron's winner in a 3-2 quarterfinal victory over three-time defending NCAA champ Stanford. Freshman Colin Biros finished it off with a header after Marcel Zajac nodded Marco Micaletto's cross into his path.
7 comments about "Watch: Akron display the art of the patient buildup".
  1. frank schoon, December 2, 2018 at 11:59 a.m.

    Mike, this is not considered a build up,but a form of trying to maintain ball possession in the opponent's half.
    Lots of square and backward passing to players who have a enough time and space to eat a pizza. Also the opponent's weren't even interested in contesting the space the player. 
    This is an excellent video for the Akron "yearbook" staff  as well for as the Coaching staff in recruiting players..
    I'm happy Akron won the game, and I"m sure Steve Parker is enjoying it from up there.....

  2. Mark Landefeld replied, December 2, 2018 at 1:38 p.m.

    I was there and I would consider it a build-up.  As the sequence continued, I noticed that Stanford was not getting compact after the Akron passed back through their back line.   As the sequence progressed, you could feel Akron in control of the tempo, which makes supporting and penetrating runs better timed.  Stanford's fatal flaw was the left back stepping up to pressure what I'm sure he thought was going to be a ball into feet of Micaletto.  The rest of the Stanford back line was not stepping up and the unpressured penetrating run, pass and cross were on. 

    I though Akron possessed here with a real awareness of what opportunities were and weren't available in front of the ball, probing and shifting the point of attack ahead of pressure.  It was a very good build up indeed. Perhaps they were inspired by ManCity's 43 pass build-up a couple of weeks ago. The whole sequence felt a bit against the run of play -- Zajac's two prior moments of inspiration stood out against the remaining Akron attacks, which looked a bit impotent and uninspired for 70 minutes.

  3. frank schoon replied, December 2, 2018 at 2:16 p.m.

    Mark, this video here does not show anything about a build up, it only shows Akron playing in Stanford's half.By the way Stanford plays defense in this video tells me that the build up by Akron in their own half was not really challenged, in other works Stanford didn't institute a high pressure defense but instead allowed Akron groung to move up towards Stanford's own half.
    This was an awful display of defending by Stanford.

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, December 3, 2018 at 7:54 a.m.

    Unfortunately we don't share a common vocabulary for the phases of the attacking moment of the game. Mark is using build-up in the generic sense of the prelude in the opponent's half to an assist and finish. Frank is using build-up as a term-of-art to refer to how the ball (and the team) moves from its own half into the opponent's half so that it can begin the play shown in this video. 

    I have read coaches describing the phases of attack as having as few as three parts or as many as seven parts with the coaches giving unique names to each part of the attack. A person's definition of build-up depends on his view of the attacking moment of play.

    Frank's point was about semanics. While Mark's usage is consistent with whoever wrote the headline for the clip, I also would not call this play in the opponent's half a "build-up", at least not in conversation with soccer coaches. 

  5. schultz rockne, December 4, 2018 at 11:12 a.m.

    Even better--the discipline and determination shown--after giving up a two-goal lead, on the road and in a big match, to continue playing their game. Kudos to the UA players and staff.

  6. humble 1, December 5, 2018 at 2:25 a.m.

    Yes, Stanford is not 'closing', but they are 'covering' - why are they not 'closing' - simple - because the off-ball movement of Akron is something they cannot process and their coach was not prepared for.  Watch Akron players moving off the ball.  They all know where to go - they have no issue to go backward - but they also go forward when given space - and their players know how to read and move to space - this is definition of build-up.  This is not about Stanford not closing - it is about Akron working hard off the ball and being patient and clinical in their build up.  Kudos to Akron - have watched Stanford 'kill' many a college cup game - in spite of their success - can be a very boring team to watch.   

  7. frank schoon replied, December 5, 2018 at 9:38 a.m.

    Humble, watch the women Stanford team, BORING!!!  Maybe it is the same coach that coaches the men's team....
    I'm still trying to look for the Akron game on you tube somewhere....

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