Just like the old Beatles lyrics suggest, I think that FCD needs to shake it up for the next meeting with Houston. Nothing as drastic as a CC head on a plate, but some shakin' is clearly in order. How many of you would put money on us getting past Houston in our present state? We have been their b!tches this year. And yes, we have not had a healthy lineup with any continuity in a long, long, time. But, we cannot simply sit back and go like we are going, or the MLS cup will elude us again. What can CC do? 1. Could change the tactics he uses against Houston. 2. Could make a change in the system of play. 3. Could drastically change the starting lineup. While I do not pretend to have the answer, I do sense that physically they are more than we are. We look downright intimidated by their defense. DeRossario seems to torch us on a routine basis. And, we seem to give up plenty on set pieces. I suggest that we man mark De Ro w/ our meanest thug. I would like to see a more populated midfield (5) that disrupts their possession game. I would like to see them allowed to play against a medium pressure, where they are met with a packed defense just as they enter the area south of the center circle. I would like to see 2 forwards turn the tables on the SOB's and physically punish them at every opportunity. Ruiz has the ability to put an elbow through the orbital bone of nasty defensive types. I would piss them off in the 18 and liberally embellish the fouls. I would push the envelope as a team and force the official to call a tight game even if it cost us a role player or two with a red. I would go to zonal coverage on corner kicks. I would like to see us run a 3 man backline that purely defends comprised of our 3 most athletic marking backs. Above all, we must send a message. Jogo Bonito will not do. If we want our MLS Cup, we must play goon ball. I hate that kind of play, but the league is what it is and the MLS ref's are what they are. If we cannot be man enough to do it, then Houston will take MLS Cup.