United has somewhat of an advantage heading into this match. They’ve had two extra days of rest coming off their 4-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls . The Revolution beat Sporting Kansas City 3-2 on Saturday night.
That might not be the only reason that D.C. has an advantage though. I took a look back at the lineup that the Revs used in the U.S. Open Cup last year, and it was far from impressive. It included names like Seth Sinovic and Nico Colaluca, both of whom are now out of the league. They gave up two goals to John Wolyniec and lost to the Red Bulls 3-0.
If New England fails to take the U.S. Open Cup play-in round seriously, United might be able to advance to face the Sporks fairly easily. Although this year’s New England team does appear much stronger, and has a deeper bench as well.
For United, I’d expect to heavy doses of the three double-B’s: Branko Boskovic , Blake Brettschneider , and Brandon Barklage . This is the time for them to shine and prove themselves worthy of additional minutes with the first team. With so much competition in United’s top 6 positions, there will be little drop off from the first team to the U.S. Open Cup team. Andy Najar and Santino Quaranta could start for most MLS teams, but they’re currently not starting for United. They probably will be tomorrow though.
But how seriously will United take this match? That question will be answered in the back. I’d expect to see Ethan White no matter what, but does Perry Kitchen get the start? Or will we see the return of Rodrigo Brasesco ? How about the goalkeeper?
Who would you like to see starting tomorrow night for United?