Loudoun United’s took the thrill of a 3-3 draw from the weekend and came into Wednesday’s game with the Charleston Battery looking to get some points that were needed. They failed to take advantage of it, losing 2-1 after a subpar first half of play left coach Ryan Martin disappointed with his team on micro and macro levels, and looking ahead to how his team responded. The Battery came to within three points of tonight’s opponents, the Ottawa Fury, thus rendering Loudoun’s playoff push even harder.
Key player: Carlos Alvarez
Martin is attempting to strike the balance between not burning Loudoun out in the second game of five in a two and a half week period, and getting points in this period as all of which are against teams that are above the red line in the Eastern Conference. The veteran came on as a halftime sub and would be among the offensive choices, and with Antonio Bustamante apparently not in tonight’s provisional squad, may be the midfield leader tonight.
Location: Segra Field (Leesburg, VA)
Kickoff time: 7:30pm Eastern
Projected Loudoun starting 11: It’ll be interesting to see where Martin goes. Some of these choices appear to be easy, like Alvarez getting back into the lineup along with several others
Starters: Calle Brown; Jacob Greene, Collin Verfurth, Harri Hawkins, Peabo Doue; Moses Nyeman, John Murphy; Alvarez, Alexis Cerritos, Andrew Lubahn; Kyle Murphy
Bench: Colin Miller, Adam Lundegard, Connor Presley, Alexxon Saravia, Nelson Martinez, Christian Sorto, Elvis Amoh
Key Ottawa player: Mour Samb
Combined with their two-leg Canadian Cup loss to Toronto FC Wednesday night, Ottawa has not scored in almost 400 minutes (393) since a 4-0 win to Swope Park Rangers. This is not to say the club should be considered a pushover. The Fury started a first choice lineup Wednesday, so coach Nikola Popovic may undergo some rotation with his club, on the other hand he may want to keep the same starters on field due to kickstart the offense. The club is in the midst of incorporating former Orlando City SC forward Hadji Barry into the lineup, but given Samb’s absence Wednesday and his strike rate (7 goals in 14 games) would presumably make him an automatic and dangerous choice if healthy.
Referee: Lorant Varga
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What are you drinking?: Bad news, first game, no media tent, second week, suite access! Looking forward to the same, so Powerade, water and crab balls, please and thank you!
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