The New York Red Bulls are in Columbus just three days after their trip to Utah ended in defeat to Real Salt Lake. RBNY head coach Jesse Marsch has a crowded schedule to work through over the next few weeks, and kept several senior players out of the starting lineup against RSL. It is assumed that was with an eye on this match.
So we're expecting to see Bradley Wright-Phillips, Sacha Kljestan, Dax McCarty, and Mike Grella back in the lineup in Columbus. That should give the front six a very familiar look.
At the back, we have been told Aurelien Collin will be out: suspended for a nonsense red card against RSL. Assuming Ronald Zubar's latest injury has proven as minor as originally expected, he should step back into a starting center back role. Marsch then has to choose between Gideon Baah and Chris Duvall for the second spot. The Duvall-Zubar combination has been successful in the past, and perhaps that will be the pairing that is put forward on this occasion (essentially saving Baah and Collin for US Open Cup in midweek).
But it might be Sal Zizzo's turn for a rest: this will be his fourth start in 10 days if he plays from the kick-off. There is nothing to say Zizzo isn't capable of handling the work-load, and sitting him forces some uncomfortable choices about who to start at what full back position, but Marsch seems to be in a mood to mix things up at the moment. This column says he hits the "rotate" button again and gives Zizzo the possibility of a day off.
If Marsch does decide to rest his preferred starting right back, it could see Duvall push over to the right (considered his best position until he revealed himself as a center back option this season), with Connor Lade returning to the starting left back spot.