Sacramento Republic FC have scored only two goals in five games and at this point it looks as though something has to be done. We're going hypothetical again for this week's Question of the Week, taking the coaching job in order to answer to one simple question: What is your plan of attack for fixing the Republic's offense?
Evan Eyster (@IronPonyChef)
As surprising of an answer as this may be to some, I would roll out the exact same lineup that we just saw against Saint Louis, even thought they were not able to find the back of the net.
For the first time ever, we saw Pridham, Williams and Iwasa all starting in the lineup with Stewart on the bench. For a lineup that has not played together and suffered from occasional miscommunication, they looked like a very competent attacking unit. The Republic finished with 18 total shots, four shots on goal, and yet another sure goal saved off the line by a defender.
This level of bad luck of barely missing shots, every loose ball in the box being cleared, and the defenders making nearly one save off the line per game will end eventually. Remember, if Sacramento scored on every shot cleared off the line they would be 3-0-2 at this point. What was put on the field -- even in a loss -- was not something to be overly concerned about, and eventually things will balance out. Be patient. The blowout victory where everything finally works is coming.
Josh Beeman (@josh_beeman)
I think that the Republic's offense really needs a traditional number 9 target forward to be truly complete. So with my Buckle powers I would try as hard as I can to get Adam Jahn up to Sacramento on a season-long loan. His aerial prowess and skill at holding up the ball would do a lot to turn a lackluster Republic offense into a productive one.
In lieu of a getting Jahn himself, I would want to go out and get a similar player. One who can play the target forward role well but that also has good ball control and can make good passes.
You've heard what we have to say. Now let us know what you would do to fix the Republic's offense down in the comments below.