Match Thread: RSL v. Chivas USA; Salcedo starts over Schuler

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Carlos Salcedo starts ahead of Chris Schuler, Luis Gil returns to the XI, and Robbie Findley's back in the 18 today as he works his way back from injury. Catch some lineup thoughts here and join the discussion.

Lineup

Rimando, Beltran, Borchers, Salcedo, Wingert; Beckerman, Gil, Grabavoy, Morales; Plata, Sandoval

Subs: Saunders, Schuler, Palmer, Alvarez, Stephenson, Velasquez, Findley

Lineup thoughts

Carlos Salcedo starting ahead of Chris Schuler is an interesting decision. Schuler trained without apparent issue on Saturday, which would seem to indicate that it's a tactical decision instead of a fitness decision, although that's difficult to say definitively.

Tactically, Salcedo and Borchers might be a better fit than Schuler and Borchers. Chris Schuler has struggled at times to fill the role — perhaps it is a case of he and Borchers playing a bit too similarly by their defensive nature, but Schuler sometimes steps forward recklessly and makes costly mistakes.

One thing is certain: After RSL went ahead twice against Montreal and still managed to concede three goals and lose the match, defensive corrections have been needed. It's a fascinating progression the young center back has made since officially signing this season. Will a strong defensive display give him a chance to keep a spot at the center of defense?

Kwame Watson-Siriboe misses out through suspension; Olmes Garcia and Alvaro Saborio miss out through injury. Garcia picked up a knock in training on Saturday, while Saborio is still working his way back from a quad tear.

With Saborio out, rookie Devon Sandoval continues up top.

Luis Gil is back in the side after missing out; Sebastian Velasquez drops back to the bench. Robbie Findley also makes his return to the bench after suffering knee issues.

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