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In Search of DCU's Lineup

I've been trying to put the pieces together and figure out who will actually be in Landisville tonight for the Open Cup match. Most of the full-time starters are not making the trip. My hunch is that the lineup will look something like this:

Nolly in goal. Boswell and McTavish in central defense. Simms and Burch on the corners. B. Carroll behind Moose in central midfield. Mediate and Gros on the flanks. Addlery and Dyachenko up front. Subs: Crowe, J. Carroll, Mupier, North and deRoux. (Kpene's status is up in the air because of injury.)

By Steve Goff  |  July 11, 2007; 11:54 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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If DC United doesn't take this seriously why should I ?

Posted by: Chico | July 11, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

The reality is that they played Sunday in Houston, they play Saturday vs. Dallas, and tonight they face a third-tier club on artificial turf.

Posted by: Goff | July 11, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm really looking forward to reading your game report from this one, Goff, and especially hearing how everyone played. It will be a great window into the options we'll have to field and to trade in in the next few years. With a few imminent retirements, this seems pretty important.

Posted by: DCBird | July 11, 2007 12:17 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Section 108 | July 11, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

"The reality is that they played Sunday in Houston, they play Saturday vs. Dallas, and tonight they face a third-tier club on artificial turf."

In a game about which no one cares.

Except for the 3rd-tier club, I suppose.

Soehn is right to rest as many guys as possible. The upcoming MLS stretch run is what matters.

Posted by: Ron | July 11, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

At least I don't have to feel guilty about staying home to watch the U20s and Copa America.

Posted by: sitruc | July 11, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Good chance for the (mostly reserves) to get some decent experience... hopefully we can move past this one successfully and get on to fielding a full strength squad in the next round.

Posted by: RIP General | July 11, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Plus Superliga. DCU should forget USOC this year. I think the Galaxy did themselves a huge favor last night, given their beast of a late season schedule.

Posted by: Logan Circle | July 11, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

No Moose?

Posted by: fcmuenchweiler | July 11, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

DeRoux has really fallen on the depth chart if he isn't even starting against the Islanders...

Posted by: -K | July 11, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I heard the field was god-awful and very small. Playing these matches on funky pitches might be why MLS teams are having a difficult time in the Open Cup.

Posted by: Lynn | July 11, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

This could get sticky with all the yuoth and inexperience. Check with LA about how their 3rd tier match went.

Posted by: tex | July 11, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I will be pretty disappointed if we aren't bringing at least a couple of the big guns to sit the bench in case they're needed late on. I'm pretty sure Fred and Emilio are fit enough to come on for the last 15 minutes and possible OT if we need a goal. This is another reason why the lower teams do indeed have a chance: MLS teams mailing it in.

As for LA doing themselves a favor, they made a reasonable attempt to salvage the game. Xavier, Harden, Jazic, and Gray all went 90, while Donovan, Martino, Buddle, and Vagenas went 45. That's most of their starting players. They were not shrugging off this loss, and I think that's the right attitude. I hate to say it, but their attitude towards this is much better than ours (if Steven's guess at a lineup is true). The Galaxy even had a cross-country flight to contend with. We only have 2 more guaranteed games than they do (Sudamericana). You could even argue that their league games are more important, since they are so far back in the standings.

Fixture congestion sucks, but it comes with winning. Would you rather play too many games, or be waiting for 2008?

All that said, a mostly reserve side from us should still manage a win. Most of the guys we would field are at least seeing action as subs in real games.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | July 11, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"No Moose?"

Isn't Moose in Goff's projected starting 11?

Posted by: Go Penn State! | July 11, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

So is Mupier on the team now?

With Moops on our side, no Dark Age Visigothic Spaniards in our path will stand a chance!

Posted by: garbaggio | July 11, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

So, what's up with BETA Carroll? Has he been injured or something lately, because I haven't seen him take the field this year. Last season I thought he played really well, and Nowak got him on the field pretty often. I figured he would be starting this game at the same d-mid spot where his brother plays.

Has Tommy Soehn soured on Jeff?

Posted by: swwj | July 11, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Pretty smart IMO, you figure that if they lose, we can truly claim it was only our reserves, while LA and Dallas used A-team players and lost = black eye.

Posted by: savannahfan | July 11, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

You guys are really ticking me off.

The US OPEN CUP is 93 years old. I've played in it and was one game away from playing an MLS squad (lost on PK's).

Think Man U should have ignored the FA CUP this year? While you might not care as a fan, the players are excited about playing in these competitions. It gives people valuable playing time in real games. It gives them a chance to win a trophy.

Name another professional sport that allows everyday Joe's to play against and beat (Rochester) the pros!

Posted by: d | July 11, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

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