Fresh tactics the key in the playoffs

November 2, 2007
By Frank Dell'Apa, Special to ESPNsoccernet
Whatever happens next in the MLS playoffs, this season has shown the importance of bringing outside influences into the league. It is not only the foreign players who have brought attention and upped the competitive level, coaches such as Steve Nicol (New England) and Juan Carlos Osorio (Chicago) have brought in a fresh look tactically.

The domestic talent level has reached an all-time high. But, partly because the young players have improved so rapidly, U.S. coaches have struggled ...

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