The matchup tonight in New York between the Black-and-Red and New York City FC is going to be interesting for several reasons, the first being which is the best way to build a team? Spend an exorbitant amount of money during the transfer window or to build your team off of hard-working home grown players?
New York City FC will have their three stars on hand for their match with United in Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard, and David Villa. These European titans will certainly be a handful, Villa is already comfortable in the MLS as he’s currently third in the league with 13 goals. Pirlo and Lampard are still trying to find their way, but with their experience and class, it shouldn’t take long. Their fans certainly hope it’s sooner than later as their squad is currently sitting on the outside of the playoff picture at the moment by four points.
D.C. comes into this game atop the tables, they made history last week by taking just one shot and winning a game. They are without one of their key players in Fabian Espindola, who’s missing his second consecutive game with a knee injury. They struggled to created a solid attack last week, they’ve used numerous different lineups this season so there shouldn’t be shock if there’s a change or two. Last game also saw the return of Chris Pontius and Sean Franklin, albeit in a reserve role. Jairo Arrieta started up front with Alverado Saborio, if Pontius is able, it might not be a bad idea to put Rolfe up front in their 4-4-2, but have Sabo play directly above him as the “lone” forward and Rofle would play more of an attacking midfielder role.
The other noticeable return was that of starting keeper Bill Hamid, he was spectacular last week. Tying a career high in saves with eight. He and the backline will have their hands full with New York City FC’s midfield and forwards.
Here’s what D.C. must do to get a result:
- Fast start. It’s imperative that the Black-and-Red get something going early, especially with them missing a player like Fabi, Which means Sabo has to get more involved in the attack this week
- Create. It’s on players like DeLeon, Kemp, Korb to service Sabo and company up front. Last week’s performance shouldn’t repeat itself, there was little to no creation by anyone outside of Rolfe
- Sustain possession. The last thing United wants is for New York City FC to get the type of shots that Montreal got last week, this team is certainly capable of making them pay for it.
- Pressure off Hamid. Play tighter defense, make things easier for Hamid. It’s clear that he’s not back to 100% health wise yet, the workload he had last week shouldn’t be repeated.