The Great RSL Caper: Cassar forgoes the diamond for Columbus Crew

Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it had to happen at some point. Jeff Cassar has forsaken the memory of Jason Kreis used the 18 players he has available to him and rolled out a non-diamond formation.

The first major shock of the lineup wasn't the non-diamond, though. It was seeing an entirely changed backline. After last week, that's maybe not a bad thing — but surely the reason for change had more to do with the fact that we've got three games in a week. Abdoulie Mansally on the left, Rich Balchan on the right — both players who have shown well at times for RSL — and Chris Schuler alongside Carlos Salcedo in central defense.

But when we're looking at the formation, we see a missing diamond. In its stead, we see a pentagon or something similar. Two "holding" midfielders — Cole Grossman and John Stertzer — and three "attacking" midfielders — Ned Grabavoy, Javier Morales, and in a staggering return to the starting lineup, Luis Gil.

Up top? Just one. Olmes Garcia.

It's, uh. It's something all right.

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