Philadelphia Union (4-2-3-1)
Bench: Blake, Fabinho, Okugo, Lahoud, Fred, Brown, Wenger.
Montreal Impact (4-2-3-1)
Bench: Bush, Ouimette, Jackson-Hammel, Duka, Tissot, Nakajima-Farran, Mallace.
- The Union waste no time inserting Carlos Valdes
back into the lineup after inking him to a new deal Monday
. The Colombian’s return to fitness was relatively simple, as he mentioned Monday that he’d been training for 10 days after a two-week post-World Cup hiatus. Who he’d be paired with seemed the bigger mystery as the week progressed, but Ethan White
gets the nod with Austin Berry
not making the 18. He's pretty far down the depth chart.
One of the other big decisions was whether Maurice Edu,
after 45 minutes in Wednesday’s All-Star Game followed by a cross country flight, would get the nod. Perhaps that's why he's in a more attacking position, with Brian Carroll
to do the dirty work of holding. I suspect Carroll is preferred to Michael Lahoud
given the latter's lengthy international ordeal this week
- Interestingly, the odd-man out, even with Cristian Maidana
still nursing a hamstring injury that rules him out completely, is Amobi Okugo.
The last time Okugo didn't start an MLS game when not suspended, Peter Nowak
was the Union's manager.
- The debut of Rais M’Bolhi
will have to wait another week as he’s not in the 18. Chalk up another start
for Zac MacMath
as he nears 100 league games.
- Expect Brian Brown to play a role in this one
. Danny Cruz
has been less than convincing than late, and if the Union are up after 60 minutes, Jim Curtin
may want to get a break for Conor Casey
with the Dallas U.S. Open Cup semi looming just 72 hours away.
- Frank Klopas
has vacillated between using one striker or two in his preferred formation. This week, he’s settled on one away from home, making the decision between fired-up former Union player Jack McInerney
and Union killer Marco Di Vaio.
Di Vaio got the nod in the midweek CONCCAF Champions League game going 90, so McInerney gets his homecoming start. While the McInerney nod isn’t a shock, no Di Vaio in the 18 is a bit.
- All things considered, that’s a fairly attack-minded midfield from Klopas with Andres Romero, Felipe
and Justin Mapp
Labels: Amobi Okugo, Austin Berry, Brian Brown, Carlos Valdes, Cristian Maidana, Ethan White, Jack McInerney, Justin Mapp, Michael Lahoud, Montreal Impact, Rais M'Bohli, Zac MacMath