Dave and I have gone back and forth over this lineup countless times. With three matches being played in six days, it's no easy task trying to read the mind of Sigi Schmid. Well, this is what we settled on: Mike Fucito and Roger Levesque up top and a never-before-deployed midfield of Alvaro Fernandez, Erik Friberg, Brad Evans and Mauro Rosales. Sigi has hinted at deploying Evans and Friberg together in the middle and this seems like the perfect chance.
Here's our thinking: Fredy Montero appears to have a small knock and could probably use the rest, but will still be in the 18. Dave feels very strongly that Pat Noonan will be in the 18, and may even start, but I just can't see him catapulting from the No. 5 forward to starting, even if Nate Jaqua isn't in great form. Dave thinks Sigi may try to "save" some players for Tuesday's match against the Kitsap Pumas, but I just don't see why he shouldn't be confident in his reserves.
On the back line there's also some intrigue: It would seem to be Patrick Ianni's turn to get a start, but with him sitting in favor of Zach Scott on Thursday, there seems to be something amiss. We think he starts against the New England Revolution, especially with Jeff Parke seeming to be nursing an injury, but who knows? Tyson Wahl and James Riley should absolutely be starting.
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