I also ran a MLS test run. The results are interesting so far. I started a save as the New York Red Bulls. They have a good AP who can't tackle, and I brought in a decent cm and Will Keane to play up top. The start was a bit shaky, but a few adjustments led to a nine game undefeated streak!
Then I played against a 442 diamond, and lost big.
The only reason the stats aren't completely dominant was because they switched to narrow and contain around the 80th minute, letting me get a few shots and a goal. My takeaway (which could very well be wrong and probably is) is that if your wingers are just average, they can't handle the offensive pressure that the 442 diamond produces. My best winner is an average one and his backups are pretty bad.
Notice that the goals were spread out.
Then I went up against Orlando. They went with a deep 4231.
Nice clean win. Against nycfc, a team similar to Portland in form, but using a 4231:
This was a game I should have won but it wasn't meant to be, still a good performance.
But it's weird why the 442 diamond hurts this tactic, any ideas? Or maybe just a coincidence (or I'm grasping at straws to explain me being bad at fmm? 🤔🤔🤔)