The diamond is a fairly common formation in soccer. For many, particularly those of the EA Sports FIFA generation, it is seen as the epitome of formations. It's ability to focus offense through the singular point of the number ten (or CAM) means that highlight reel passes from these 10s to the two forwards in front are prolific. It can have issues. The biggest challenge is that when a diamond faces a great defensive midfielder play stagnates. The one CDM can take the CAM out. There are ways around this, but the basics of the diamond are such that limits channels forward unless the fullbacks are quite good or the shuttling duel box-to-box mids can play overly wide (see the
New York Red Bulls
Seattle's diamond chose a different route in its deployment as an anti-4-3-3. Much of how it deployed had to do with the Sounders #10 and captain
. The traditional winger tends to run the show from wide positions. He will work small plays with a forward, his right back and
and/or he will boom crosses towards the heads of Eddie Johnson and
. None of these work ...