UPDATE: Here's the starting lineup
Here it is, the first ever New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls match. The supporters from both sides have been doing quite the amount of smack talk this past week and those around the MLS have deemed this The Hudson River Derby. But one question still remains, how are these teams going to come out of the tunnel at Red Bull Arena? Let's take a look at this week's lineup prediction:
First and foremost, for those who are unaware, Sal Zizzo has sustained a fractured tibia and will be out for quite some time.
Looking into this week's prediction, you'll see I didn't stray far from the usual. Yet there is one change that is a bit out of the ordinary. This change is not necessarily one that I believe will happen but rather, one that I would like to see occur: the return of Ronald Zubar.
Ronald Zubar has made one appearance for the Red Bulls in opening week against Sporting Kansas City. Zubar was limited to 77 minutes against SKC before Matt Miazga came onto the pitch. Since then, Miazga has been Marsch's go-to at center back as Zubar has been dealing with a hamstring issue. Zubar has been working hard in training and looks to follow in Roy Miller's footstep; Miller was added back into the Starting XI on April 29th against the Colorado Rapids following a long layoff.
Some may wonder why I did not pair Zubar with Perrinelle. Perrinelle has been a reliable option this season and deserves the start just as much as Miazga does in my opinion. But being that this is Miazga's last game for RBNY before going to play in the U-20 World Cup, I see Jesse Marsch wanting him to get some minutes and giving Perrinelle a rest. Damien has quite the schedule ahead of him and will most likely be the starting center back for the rest of season. Perrinelle was held out of last week's match against the New England Revolution, and with the rest of RBNY's season in mind, I would like to see him sit this game as well.
Looking at the rest of the lineup, there is nothing new in particular that I believe needs to be changed for NYCFC. I do not think Jesse Marsch will throw another curveball into the lineup as he did last week against New England nor do I feel he should. The crazy 3 games/7 days stint is over, so the lineup should return to something close to what it once was earlier in the season.