Club Name: Sporting Futbol Club
Stadium: Estadio Ernesto Rohrmoser
Manager: Jose Giacone
Promotion: 1 (2020)
Style of Play
Defending isn’t a tactic for Sporting FC, it’s a lifestyle.
Formations aside, the soul of Sporting’s approach to the game is to defend first, pray second and score third. Well, attempt to score third. The entire formation settles into a low block 30-40 yards from goal. The opposition has complete freedom to pass around the entire formation, just never through it.
Long diagonals, balls over the top (against a keeper-sweeper) and shots from distance are conceded to an extent. Center backs with stopper qualities play a key role in intercepting balls, challenging attackers in wide areas and blocking shooting lanes in front of goal. Frustration builds over time, as opposing attacks find ways to unlock a stubborn defense.
When attackers attempt to cut through the teeth of the defense, they are met with an aggressive press designed to create turnovers and switch possession of the ball. Counterattacks are sparked in these moments. They’re just not consistently successful.
Chances are few and far between. Sporting is too defensive-oriented, but so long as the opposition is suffocated, Sporting always has a puncher’s chance.
Luis Flores is an impactful defensive midfielder. The problem is he doesn’t always get to play as a defensive midfielder. His talents are wasted when he’s forced to step in at right wing-back. As a true 6, his passing range and perfectly weighted balls help Sporting in transition.
Harry Rojas/Diego Madrigal
Pace and the ability to run with the ball under pressure is vital for Sporting’s attack. Well, counterattack. The arrival of Harry Rojas will serve as a major boost in that phase of play and compliment Diego Madrigal’s pace on the opposite side perfectly.
|#||Player Name||Position||Playing Style|
|27||Adrian Peralta||GK||Keeper Sweeper|
|23||Alexander Lezcano||GK||Shot Stopper|
|3||Dennis Castillo||RB||Defending Fullback|
|19||Junior Delgado||RB||Defending Fullback|
|16||Jose Luis Quiros||RB||Defending Fullback|
|29||Riogoberto Jimenez||LB||Attacking Fullback|
|12||Randall Azofeifa||DM||Deep-Lying Playmaker|
|5||Luis Flores||DM||Deep-Lying Playmaker|
|20||Randy Chirino||CM||Creative Playmaker|
|11||Alvaro Sanchez||10||Classic 10|
|10||Bryan Vega||10||Creative Playmaker|
|8||Esteban Ramirez||RM||Wide Midfielder|
|7||Diego Madrigal||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|22||Harry Rojas||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|9||Franco Caballero||9||Target Man|
|32||Hernan Fener||9||Target Man|
|17||Josue Martinez||9||Target Man|
|25||Reiby Smith||9||Target Man|