Where does that leave us for tonight?
I think you'll be seeing a lot of pine-timers, though the likes of Peters and DiRaimondo will probably start on the bench. Their loan spells to USL2 sides seem to have "not ready for primetime" written all over them. Fortunately, we've got some quality depth this year, and we can run out a pretty decent reserve side. That said, there will be some gaps...
- Where do you put McTavish? If you start him in midfield, who goes at right back (assuming Tommy sticks with the 3-5-2 and John + Janicki are left and center)? If you put him at right back, who plays the d-mid role in midfield (Simms needs a break)?
- Who's Simms' dancing new partner? With Olsen shelved for a month, are we turning to Jacobson as our default option to pair with Clyde? If we are, I think you've got to rest him to make sure he's healthy, given that he's carrying a knock as well. If you're perhaps considering Fred after last weekend's decent turn in the middle, then Jacobson probably starts tonight.
- Left wingers? Of course, if Fred takes a turn in the middle, and Wallace is rested, who then becomes your left midfielder? Barklage, perhaps? Or perhaps Barklage goes in the middle with Fred on the left?
- Hand Gomez the reigns. It's not like he's been starting. And we need to figure out sooner or later if he's going to be able to run the show, so I think you start him, probably behind N'Silu and Pontius (he's had more rest than Tino/Wallace lately.
Namoff? Yup. You got any better ideas? Do you really want to see Janicki or Peters trying to play wide? Obviously, you yank him early if you can, but I don't see any viable alternatives unless we're going to a four-back lineup. So what's your guess on how Tommy plays this one?