D.C. United takes on the Colorado Rapids this weekend in their home opener, beginning their home slate in the third game of the season. This is something that hasn't happened since 1999, when D.C. United started with their first three games on the road; every year in between, United's home opener was either the first or second game of the season. Ben Olsen has a fairly similar lineup this week as to last, but will he make any changes whatsoever?
In a word: One. Patrick Nyarko, who participated fully in practice this week, seems to be fully recovered from the concussion that he suffered in the opener. He will slot back in for Rob Vincent, with the rest of the team remaining the same.
Fabian Espdinola is the only other possible substitute, but I think the fact that he's still getting over a hamstring injury and his lack of form with Luciano Acosta will make him the first sub off the bench in this game. The more he shows, the more likely it becomes that he reclaims his spot and moved Lamar Neagle, who has earned his place somewhere on the field so far, to the wing. It is really turning into a battle between Espindola, Chris Rolfe, and Patrick Nyarko, as we know all three can play better and they haven't really shown that yet.
The defense remains the same, with Sean Franklin, Steve Birnbaum, Bobby Boswell, and Taylor Kemp all ahead of Travis Worra. This means that the substitutes would be Charlie Horton, Kofi Opare, Rob Vincent, Julian Buescher, Alvaro Saborio, Fabian Espindola, and Miguel Aguilar. I would love to see more extended time for Aguilar and Buescher in this game, as they challenge Rolfe, Nyarko, and DeLeon; however, for this game the engine room of Nick DeLeon and the undroppable Marcelo Sarvas remains the same.
What do you want to see from Ben Olsen this week?