As it happened, this column's mid-week hunches all came good: the lineup prediction for the game against the Rapids was on the money. Jesse Marsch has since changed all the passwords to his email and social media accounts, but maybe his week-to-week intentions are starting to be a little easier to read. Will today's intuitions about Jesse's plans be as accurate as they were on Wednesday? We shall see...
He's back: Sal Zizzo.
Tonight, on May 2nd, this column sees Sal Zizzo back on the left once again. Mike Grella played just over an hour three days ago: expect Marsch to give the ex-Leeds United forward a rest.
Other than that, no changes are forecast. No Ronald Zubar? No. Not yet, at least. Zubar did not appear in the 18-man squad on Wednesday. Be on the lookout for Zubar's name on the bench; he may be in line for a start next week, against NYCFC on the 10th.
If Zubar isn't starting, this means another start for the 19-year-old center back Matt Miazga: my personal most improved Red Bull of the season. From his rough first appearance of the season against Sporting Kansas City to his latest couple of matches, he has proved ever-more reliable at the back for New York. Miazga will be a great addition to the US U-20 World Cup squad. But when he leaves, I believe his spot on the starting XI will not return with him.
Be sure to catch the match on MSG, CSN-NE, or MLS LIVE as the New York Red Bulls head to New England to kick off tonight at 7:30 PM at Gillette Stadium.
Let's not forget what the Wright-Phillips/Sam duo can do against the Revolution: