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Backe gameplan did not suit NYRB stars says De Rosario

Dwayne De Rosario suggests Hans Backe's tactics did not suit the stars at New York Red Bull.

The Swedish tactician was sacked at the end of the 2012 MLS season after a disappointing return from a team consisting of Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill, Rafael Marquez and for a brief stint, De Rosario himself.

The DC United star suggests that Backe and his coaching staff did not cultivate a gameplan conducive to the players in the team and feels that the Red Bulls suffered as a result.

"It was a team where you couldn't go wrong. I think (Backe) had all the tools, and he just didn't know how to use the tools, no disrespect," said DeRosario.

"I'd say they (the players) lacked the organization because of the lack of information they were getting, in terms of position, in terms of system, in terms of when stuff breaks down, the tactical side of things, organization defensively, organization going forward.

"It was like every man for himself. I know when I played here it was like that. It wasn't really like they had a system of understanding defensively this is how our shape is going to be. (New head coach Mike) Petke being a defensive guy, I'd think that's one thing he'll really want to stress into the guys' head, that everybody works for each other."

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