Sweeney: Wellesley’s Chris Tierney making it difficult to replace him

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With the absence of Diego Fagundez in the middle of the park Saturday, Brad Friedel had to do some shuffling with players. In addition, he switched up the formation a little: he utilized a 3-5-2 setup, with three in the back; he stressed post-match that he didn’t change the philosophy of high pressing. That meant an extra midfielder.

Enter Wellesley’s Chris Tierney.

The Revs’ longtime bulldog played 90 minutes on the left wing against the Columbus Crew, and it was a pretty successful endeavor — for the record, we’ve hinted at playing Tierney up to supplement the midfield for weeks now  — as he helped contain Crew fullback Harrison Afful in Saturday’s 1-nil defeat.

Generally, a left back in many of the alignments chosen by Friedel and former managers Jay Heaps and Steve Nicol, playing as a wingback is something Tierney has wanted to do for some time; who doesn’t like to set up a goal, or score one themselves? He has played up for several minutes in the past, both he and Friedel noted, but not for a full 90 minutes.