Here we go, a midweek match, my favorite time for all MLS games. Even better, an RBNY game during the week. Its that refresher that helps you get through your arduous day making you look forward to what's to come. Its sort of like Monday Night Football, but better. The New York Red Bulls face off against the Colorado Rapids tonight at 7:30 at Red Bull Arena, here's how I believe the starting lineup will look:
One thing you will notice with this prediction, is a familiar face you haven't seen in a couple of weeks: Roy Miler. The Costa Rican international has been out ever since starting opening weekend against Sporting Kansas City. Since then, Roy Miller has gotten himself off the injured list, back into training, and Sunday against LA Galaxy; back in the 18 man roster. Normally, I would say that Miller would still be on the bench, but with Kemar Lawerence putting in a full 90 minutes against LA, and a short turn around, Roy Miller could be called on to rest some legs.
In my opinion, don't expect to see Ronald Zubar out in tonight's starting lineup. He's still coming back from injury, but is expected to be ready, so his name could appear in the match day 18. In addition, Matt Miazaga has had a very good spell of form recently, so it would make sense for Jesse Marsch to keep riding the hot hand. Zubar could possibly make an appearance in a substitute capacity with another match looming in just 4 days time though in order to give Miazaga or Damien Perrinelle a breather.
As we progress week in and week out throughout the season, the lineup predictions seem to get more and more familiar, but there's one area in a state of flux. Mike Grella and Sal Zizzo seem to be used on a game by game basis by Marsch so far through the season because each bring a different set of skills to the left side of the midfield. Last week was a case in point. Sal Zizzo got the start on the left after Grella started there a week earlier against San Jose. Then Marsch threw a curveball by having Grella sub on Lloyd Sam on the right, and thus we witnessed the rare Zizzo-Grella connection. I wouldn't expect it to be a regular occurrence; it only lasted eight minutes in the LA game (Zizzo was relieved by Richards). Grella will most likely start tonight as Marsch will want to save Zizzo's legs for New England.
The rest of the lineup looks to be the same one used on Sunday. Be on the lookout for some earlier substitutions though, as this is the 2nd match in a 8 day stretch ofor the Red Bulls.
Who's in your Starting XI for tonight?