UPDATE The lineup is out. How'd Bobby do?
STARTING XI and BENCH vs @PhilaUnion. Kickoff is at 5 PM at RBA. #NYvPHI #RBNY pic.twitter.com/sUV8SHM350— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) May 24, 2015
Here we go, another rivalry. I have been looking forward to this match all week, and it is finally here. The best part of this for you (the one person who reads this column) means yet another lineup prediction! Let's take a look at how I believe RBNY will step out onto the pitch tonight:
"Wait a second, isn't this the same lineup we saw last week?"
Yes, yes it is. But looking into the lineup a bit more, let's see why I feel the Red Bulls will be coming out like this.
First and foremost, the backline. As said in almost every lineup prediction, the backline is up in the air each and every week. Looking at the injury report from this week, it appears once again that Roy Miller and Ronald Zubar are still doubtful to play.
Source: Yahoo Sports
In fact, it appears Ronald Zubar has actually regressed as he went from a "Doubtful" status to being "Out". He was one of the biggest signings for the club in the offseason and had/has great potential with the team. However, his absence it has given others a chance to shine; this may not necessarily be a bad thing, but I personally would love to see Ronald Zubar back on the pitch so we could see his full potential. With Zubar being on injured reserve and Matt Miazga away for the U-20 World Cup in Qatar, Karl Ouimette has another opportunity to earn a spot in the MLS rotation and leave NYRB II behind. Last week against FC Dallas, Ouimette came away with a clean sheet in his full 90+ minutes on the pitch. He has the chance to take the second-in-line spot away from Miazga, and tonight he will be given another opportunity to do so.
It's a similar story for Kemar Lawrence, who is destined to start once again for New York. As said above, with Roy Miller doubtful and Taxi being such a perfect substitute for the Costa Rican international, he is the man at left back to start the match.
Damien Perrinelle and Chris Duvall once again resume their starting spots (as does the rest of the team). However, as mentioned in this week's Let's Play FIFA, I would like to see New York go after another right back. Looking into the roster, Chris Duvall remains one of the few players who can play at the right back position. If Duvall finds himself on the injured reserve in the future, New York will have very limited options with which to replace him. This in turn leads me to think RBNY should look into another right back, not necessarily a designated player, but someone Jesse Marsch can trust to play the role competently.
As many of you have heard, Peguy Luyindula will be retiring soon. Despite this, I would love to see him return to the club as a substitute. Even if he came back for one match, it would be a wonderful send off for a player who has been a playoff hero and fan favorite. This is my dream for tomorrow night: New York is up by a couple of goals and in the 80th minute, Luyindula comes on the field to receive a standing ovation from a packed Red Bull Arena.
You can watch tonight's match between the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union on Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes, as well as MLS LIVE at 5:00 PM EST.