Bench: Blake, Marquez, Vitoria, Barnetta, Fred, Casey, Aristeguieta
New York Red Bulls (4-2-3-1)
Bench: Reynish, McLaws, Ouimette, Davis, Abang, Zizzo, S.Wright-Phillips
- All eyes are on one name on the bench: Tranquillo Barnetta.
The Swiss player – maybe the Union’s biggest ever acquisition
who was unveiled Friday
– makes the bench as anticipated. He required a week of intercontinental transit to seal his move to Philadelphia, so he’s not 90-minutes fit, but he could play some role in this contest.
- Brian Sylvestre’s
hand laceration wasn’t the subject of much discussion this week, and it didn’t preclude him from training. But he’s out of the 18 today, with John McCarthy
getting the nod in goal. McCarthy was stellar last week
against the Red Bulls.
- Among the starting XI, emphasis will be placed on the Union’s central midfield pivot that will be without Vincent Nogueira
for the majority of August. It’s Zach Pfeffer’s
time to shine: He was hit-or-miss last week against D.C. United, with some good moments and some bad, and with as outstanding as Nogueira has been, especially going forward, the onus is on Pfeffer to step up big time.
- For the Red Bulls, no shocks in the starting lineup. Kemar Lawrence
has the week off to recover from the Gold Cup. Shaun Wright-Phillips
makes the matchday 18 after being signed midweek. One oddity is that Dax McCarty,
like Pfeffer, had a midweek flight to Colorado for All-Star festivities (Pfeffer in the Homegrown Game).
Labels: Brian Sylvestre, Dax McCarty, John McCarthy, Kemar Lawrence, New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, Ray Gaddis, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Tranquillo Barnetta, Vincent Nogueira, Zach Pfeffer