With that in mind, let’s dive headlong into a projection of our starting lineup and some thoughts around each player.
Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando — ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN. There’s no chance Rimando doesn’t start in New York unless he picked up an injury we didn’t hear about. But he looked pretty good against Montreal. (Option: Andrew Putna)
Right back: Aaron Herrera — MOST DEFINITELY. He won a starting spot for good reason, and I’d argue that Brooks Lennon didn’t do anything to win it back.
Center back: Nedum Onuoha — VERY PROBABLY. For me, there’s no question that he should start. There is, however, question about who his partner will be — or should be.
Center back: Marcelo Silva — MAYBE. I don’t know that he starts, but I think the fact that he wasn’t on the bench says at least something. Should he start? I actually wouldn’t, but I really prefer continuity in this case. (Option: Justen Glad)
Left back: Donny Toia — MAYBE. After starting on Wednesday, I think there’s a good chance he doesn’t start. But I also don’t know that we have another option at this point, especially if Aaron Herrera starts.
Defensive midfield: Kyle Beckerman — LIKELY. He’s still listed in the injury report as probable, so I don’t think his starting is 100 percent. We know he’s traveled to New York. But especially with Damir Kreilach out through yellow card accumulation, I would put good money on this.
Defensive midfield: Everton Luiz — YES. I don’t see any reason not to.
Attacking midfield: Albert Rusnak — A GOOD CHANCE. Though he went off injured, it seems to be a bit precautionary, and reports indicate he’s probable for the match. (Option: Jefferson Savarino)
Left wing: Sebastian Saucedo — DEFINITELY. Yeah, he’s starting.
Right wing: Jefferson Savarino — PROBABLY. He did start on Wednesday, but he’s young, and he’s done it before. I bet he starts. (Option: Brooks Lennon?)
Forward: Corey Baird — I SURE DO THINK SO. I actually wouldn’t mind Sam Johnson starting either — we could rotate a bit — but after 90 minutes on Wednesday, I think change is in the cards. (Option: Sam Johnson)