The New England Revolution are trotting out a predictable lineup against the Houston Dynamo in Foxboro on Saturday night. An injury to Clyde Simms has forced a change in midfield, but otherwise the squad remains mostly unchanged from the team that battered Vancouver last weekend.
Matt Reis, of course, is making his start in goal, while the defensive unit of Chris Tierney, Stephen McCarthy, A.J. Soares, and Kevin Alston remains unchanged in front of him. In midfield, Ryan Guy joins Benny Feilhaber, Shalrie Joseph, and Lee Nguyen as the starters. Logically, Guy would be expected to move out wide with Feilhaber tucking in, but according to a tweet from Jeff Lemieux, the former St. Pat's Athletic star will man the middle alongside captain Shalrie Joseph. Expect to see him swapping inside and out with Feilhaber throughout the match.
Saer Sene retains his stranglehold on the starting job up top, while Blake Brettschneider again gets the nod. With the size of Houston's back line, the double-threat of Sene's 6'3" frame and Brettschneider's big, broad body should give New England plenty of options in the box.
Houston is also bringing out a lineup with no surprises. Despite the crush of matches this week, Brad Davis, Brian Ching, Geoff Cameron, and Will Bruin are still set to start.
Revolution: Reis; Tierney, McCarthy, Soares, Alston; Feilhaber, Guy, Joseph, Nguyen; Brettschneider, Sene
Bench: Shuttleworth, Barnes, Cardenas, Fagundez, Lozano, Moreno, Rowe
Dynamo: Tally Hall; Jermaine Taylor, Bobby Boswell, Cameron, Corey Ashe; Davis, Je-Vaughn Watson, Adam Moffat, Calen Carr; Ching, Bruin
Bench: Deric, Camargo, Clark, Dixon, Hainault, Kandji, Sturgis