D.C. United goes into the playoffs tomorrow on an unbeaten streak and with Bill Hamid on a shutout streak. They face a Toronto FC that may or may not have Jozy Altidore, who is a game-time decision, and whose captain, Michael Bradley, is back with the team after a stinging USMNT loss to Canada in the same building. Can D.C. United find some goals to move on in the MLS Cup Playoffs?
With every game now potentially Wayne Rooney’s last, there’s no question that he will start. With Paul Arriola providing exactly what this team has needed in central attacking midfield, Ben Olsen would be hard pressed to move him so that he could drop Rooney back. That means that one of Ola Kamara, Lucas Rodriguez, or Ulises Segura will start the game on the bench.
Kamara could bring more attacking threats back to the lineup, but he is just coming off of an injury and has had the least minutes with the rest of his teammates. I think that he’ll begin the game on the bench, but come on in the middle of the second half (and maybe earlier if the team is losing). Rodriguez and Segura will start in their customary positions on the left and right of midfield, respectively.
The defensive phase of the team has been very good recently, so I don’t expect any changes there: Felipe and Junior Moreno in midfield, and Russell Canouse, Frederic Brillant, Steven Birnbaum, and Joseph Mora constituting the back line. The man who should be this year’s MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Bill Hamid, will be between the pipes, as always.
Do you want to see Ben Olsen do anything dramatically different on Saturday?