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Who should the Union start against DC United on April 10?

IF we learned anything from the Union’s first game it’s that Nowak’s lineup didn’t work. This has been discussed extensively here, here, here, and just about everywhere else.

So what should the starting lineup be against DCU on the 10th? Is it too early to start speculating? Hello no! I’m suffering from Union-on-TV-withdrawal and need to keep the posts going.

Below are my current best 11 (after the jump):

——————————–Mwanga—————————————

——————————–Moreno—————————————

Le Toux———————Fred——————————Torres
—————————- Miglioranzi————————————
Harvey————Thomas———-Califf————–Orozco

———————————-Seitz——————————————

This is a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1, with Moreno pulling back behind Mwanga. The kid from Oregon State gets the start because not only is he potent threat up top, but Nowak also needs to bump up his confidence after playing him then an unnatural position and then pulling him off at half-time.

Myrie sees the bench because he did not look MLS-ready last night (and he certainly didn’t look Zakuani-ready). Thomas and Califf start together in the center of the defense, with Orozco taking Myrie’s place on the right. Harvey was questionable against Seattle but I’m willing to give him another shot against DC (and it’s not like we have a choice, right?).

Le Toux and Torres were impressive and get the nod here, but I’d like to see Le Toux pulled back to the midfield. The offense is overloaded with doubts already, and Le Toux can do just fine in midfield.

Subs:
McInerney
Zimmerman
Salinas

Obviously substitutions depend on the scoreline. Let’s assume it’s 0-0 at the half.

I would sub McInerney early (60′, 65′), possibly for Moreno, but more likely for Mwanga. McInerney is always hungry. He will score goals if he gets the minutes and the service.

I was not overly impressed with Jacobson and would like to see Salinas and Zimmerman get a shot in the next game.

Zimmerman for Torres (70′). Nowak needs to give Zimmerman minutes on this team.

Salinas could come on for Fred (65′) if the Brazilian is not producing. If so I would move things around a little, shifting Salinas to the left side (where he’s best) and putting Torres in Fred’s central role. Then I’d sub off Le Toux and put in Zimmerman on the right side. Salinas should come on relatively early. The kid has an engine and could quickly wear down a tired midfield and defense.

Salinas could also come on as a direct substitute for Le Toux.

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What do you think?

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  1. MAS117
    March 26, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Wasn’t happy with Jordan Harvey’s performance. Would rather see Myrie based on his play last nighit. Harvey sitting in the net was the reason they got that second goal instead of it being offsides.

  2. K.M. Morris
    March 26, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I wasn’t happy with either, to be honest. Myrie was suspect on Seattle’s first goal, Harvey on the second.

  3. March 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    KM,

    You saved me the trouble of writing lineup.
    With exception of Fred(suspension), it’s what I expected in Seattle. Was Thomas injured?
    As for Myrie v Harvey, I’ll take Harvey. Made a mistake, sure, but Myrie was overmatched, despite showing potential. Besides, if you play Myrie, where does he play? If on the right, who plays on the left?

  4. K.M. Morris
    March 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I have no idea why Thomas wasn’t starting–I can only assume it was an injury.

    Myrie is another guy with loads of potential, but, yes, he’s not quite ready. This team is going to be very good in a year or two.

  5. OrionPax
    March 28, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I thought the starting 11 against Seattle was nuts. I don’t think anyone outside of Nowak expected that.

    Agreed on the 4 man back line, and I guess we should give Harvey a chance (like you say, what other choice do we have?).

    Fred maybe the difference maker. DC is in shambles. They got trounced by KC.

  6. K.M. Morris
    March 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    @OrionPax–What did you think of Mwanga?

    I’m looking forward to the DC game. They look weak, and yet might still come into the match over-confident. We really need Fred and Migli to start, though.

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