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An endorsement of Patrick Vieira's tactics from AMC's "Better Call Saul"

Jimmy McGill isn't a typical lawyer, and Patrick Vieira isn't a typical manager. No wonder that the man who became Saul Goodman is a big fan of the 3-2-2-3 formation, a.k.a. the "WM."

In the middle of last Monday's all-new episode of Better Call Saul, the acclaimed AMC original series, I came across an amazing NYCFC nugget. It was hidden in plain sight.

Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) is scribbling away on a legal pad, repeating the same two letters over and over:


AMC Networks (Screenshot taken 28 March 2016)


Devotees will note that "WM" is the old-school nickname for the infamous 3-2-2-3 formation gifted to MLS by fearless NYCFC gaffer Patrick Vieira.

Like Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman himself, let's say that the formational shape hasn't been entirely well-received; New York City sits at a humble record of 1W-1L-2D through five games. But one thing is clear: AMC, a bastion of prestige television, has issued an unequivocal, full-throated endorsement of NYCFC's unorthodox tactical setup.