With the first win out of the way, D.C. United will take on Toronto FC tomorrow. The team seems to have finally figured out their goalscoring woes, and now need to start stringing together this same type of performance if they want to compete in the Eastern Conference this year. Does United have a taste for Canadian blood? The matchup versus Greg Vanney's team will provide a solid test of where this team stands so far this year.
Ben Olsen will stick with the exact same starting lineup that brought him three points last week, even given the performances of Luciano Acosta and Alvaro Saborio. Their excellent last 20 minutes came, in part, because of the work the rest of the team had done in the first 70, tiring out the Vancouver Whitecaps and stretching their defense. I would like to see Acosta get maybe 10 minutes with Fabian Espindola in this game, to see if perhaps they can start building a rapport through substitute appearances.
Nick DeLeon and Marcelo Sarvas keep improving their relationship in central midfield, and no one seems likely to take either of their spots. Lamar Neagle and Patrick Nyarko will man the flanks.
The back line also remains the same, with Sean Franklin, Steve Birnbaum, Bobby Boswell, and Taylor Kemp all returning in front of Travis Worra. Even with the signing of Tally Hall, I think Worra keeps the starting spot since he has played well, especially since Hall's arrival. If it were Bill Hamid coming back, that would (and will) be a different story, but Worra has done well enough to keep the job.
This would make the bench Tally Hall, Kofi Opare, Alvaro Saborio, Luciano Acosta, Rob Vincent, Jared Jeffrey, and Luke Mishu. What do you want to see Ben Olsen do after our tailgate meetup tomorrow?