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Does Chris Schuler make the bench?

My gut feeling here is "maybe." What's that about guts and what they have for brains? Seriously, though, Schuler should be in line for a spot on the bench, but if he's not at least 60 minutes fit, I wouldn't risk it. It seems more probable that he'll be held out for a start in a week against LA Galaxy.

The bench, though? Yeah, let's put him there for now -- as long as we don't get a really early red card (knock on wood and what not), we'll be fine. The fact remains that he probably isn't 90-minutes fit quite yet.

Scratch that. Chris Schuler apparently didn't travel.

Will Aaron Maund continue to start?

Who, then, starts ahead of Schuler? It's got to be Aaron Maund. If you'd asked me two weeks ago, I'd have said Carlos Salcedo without a moment of hesitation. But Maund showed particularly well against LA Galaxy, surprising basically everyone in his path. (Does it really take a year to recover from the mess that was Toronto FC? Perhaps not, but Joao Plata is a significantly improved player from a year ago, too.)

If Maund starts and performs, it will be harsh when he is replaced by Schuler, but such is the way of being a backup.

Is the Saborio-Plata partnership here to stay?

I don't know why it wouldn't be. Joao Plata and Alvaro Saborio play off each other in fantastic ways, and there's no reason we wouldn't continue with that. The types of movement both display are complementary, and there's a reason we score well when they're together.

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