D.C. United will take on Atlanta United this Sunday without a number of keys players: Steve Birnbaum, Nick DeLeon, Patrick Nyarko, and Sebastien LeToux all look to remain on the sidelines due to various injuries. However, the timely return of Patrick Mullins, Taylor Kemp, and Luciano Acosta will provide some tooth to the attack that finally found some goals last week.
Sebastien LeToux looks to be out yet this weekend and he played in place of Jose Ortiz; however, the good news is that Patrick Mullins practiced all week and he looks to be ready to go this weekend. Having a healthy and in form Mullins would be a big boon to this team, so hopefully he can kick that off by scoring a goal this weekend.
Also with LeToux out, that means that Lamar Neagle will start in place of the still injured Patrick Nyarko on the left side of midfield. Luckily for him and for D.C. United’s attack, Luciano Acosta will be back in the middle, alongside Ian Harkes. Lloyd Sam will take up his customary position on the right wing.
The big question, as always, is who to start at defensive midfield. Rob Vincent is out for a longer than expected amount of time due to a blood clot in his leg from the surgery that he had on his knee. Marcelo Sarvas and Jared Jeffrey each bring different strengths and weaknesses. As I said on this week’s Filibuster, I think Jeffrey will get the start in this game because he is more athletic and more mobile than Marcelo, which could be useful in countering the speed of Atlanta’s attack.
With this lineup, the bench would be Travis Worra, Jalen Robinson, Chris Odoi-Atsem, Maxim Tissot, Julian Buescher, Marcelo Sarvas, and Jose Ortiz. What do you want to see Ben Olsen do against Atlanta?