We saw two things tonight: -A 3 man back line -A 5 man midfield, that involved using the wings. Firstly, I don't know if Bob plans to use the 3 man back, or if he will go back to 4. But, i think it's a great thing. Jolley, to me, has always been better on the outside. And with Pope and Addo switching in and out, it looks like a strong back. Combine that with the fact I don't have to see Digi play defense, and I think the 3 man back is the way to go. Only thing is, can we depend on Addo? It looked like tonight he proved he can be trusted. He played well + composed. Hopefully he keeps it up. 2ndly. After the first half VS N.E. Bob came out in the 2nd half with his players playing up the wings. It didn't really work, as we hadn't done ANY of that in previous games. all season, all points of attack were right up the middle. Mid-way through the season, teams figured this out, and stopped us. NONSTOP. Now, Bob came out in this game with a new plan. You could tell he wanted to use the flanks. He had Digi( a good flank mid--as much as i hate him on def.)and Clark on the outside. You could tell, Bob told them to get their asses on the touchline. It opens the field up, creates attacking down the wing, creates space for forwards and mids to run to the corner and receive a ball towards space. It also creates stuff up the middle, because space is freed up with your flank mids on the extreme outside. This spreads the defense, and keeps it guessing. Now my question is this...Did Bob Bradley do this on purpose. Did he wait until the end of the season, so that his team would be playing his new system perfectly right at playoff time? Did he wait so that other teams could not find an effective way to defend against such a system. I remember at the ESC party in Feb at Nathan Hales...Bob said something like.."ya see the thing is...in MLS, you only have to be good at the end. All you have to do is get into the playoffs, and if you play well then, you've got a good shot at winning everything" To me, this is a team thats gonna play even better as time goes on. We have a new system that players must still get used to. And we also have a new striker who showed promise for a few minutes tonight. we have 3 straight games against DCU, and quite frankly, i think we're gonna beat the living crap out of them. We'll see.