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D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls lineup: Some mild rotation

Three games in a week means some rotation

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Tomorrow night’s game against the New York Red Bulls is the second in a series of three games a week for D.C. United, so rotation is inevitable. With some starters still injured, however, the movement will be limited by who is available for Ben Olsen’s squad.

I think that Russell Canouse will get his first start since his injury to allow Chris Durkin a little bit of a break (though I expect to see Durkin in the second half). It will also be a good test as to how Canouse can work with this revamped team and if he can match Durkin’s passing abilities while also shielding the back four.

He will be sitting in front of the same back line, because there isn’t anyone else from which to choose. Steve Birnbaum and Frederic Brillant will start in the middle, and Joseph Mora and Oniel Fisher will start wide. I think giving Jalen Robinson some time on the field could help shore up the defense, but Ben Olsen seems to prefer this back four for the time being. A change in goal seems like it is also possible, with David Ousted playing below his peak ability for the past few games. Steve Clark can make some impressive saves, so it may be his turn again.

The rest of the midfield stays the same, with Yamil Asad and Zoltan Stieber covering the wings and with Paul Arriola and Luciano Acosta playing centrally. Look to see Ian Harkes sub in for Lucho early in the second half to keep his legs for the weekend, or maybe even start if Olsen is worried about Acosta in the wet weather.

Finally, I think Darren Mattocks will get a start instead of Wayne Rooney, as Rooney gets slowly introduced and builds up his fitness. I expect to see him around the 60th minute or so again.