With Stephen McCarthy hurt, New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps had some tweaking to do with his lineup to try and create a reliable defense out of a unit missing arguably its best player over the last month or two. His answer was to bring Darrius Barnes into the fold with a like-for-like move, but that wasn't the only interesting decision Heaps made on this trip to Canada.
Most obvious is the inclusion of Ryan Guy. Normally it could be assumed that Guy will be used at his natural wing position or even in defensive midfield where Heaps appears to value his work ethic, but then another look at the lineup reveals Saer Sene as the only striker in the starting lineup. It is entirely possible that Guy will return to the role he played so well against Los Angeles: the second striker.
Bobby Shuttleworth also sees his short run in the starting lineup end as Matt Reis regains his post between the sticks. Heaps had mentioned after Shuttleworth's first game that he wanted to give Reis a rest, but also made it seem clear that the benching was a message. It would appear that Reis is well-rested, and has gotten the message.
Kelyn Rowe also returns to the lineup after serving his suspension.
Revolution: Reis; Chris Tierney, A.J. Soares, Barnes, Kevin Alston; Lee Nguyen, Benny Feilhaber, Clyde Simms, Rowe; Guy, Sene
Bench: Lechner, Cardenas, Shuttleworth, Nyassi, Brettschneider, Moreno, Fagundez
Montreal: Donovan Ricketts; Dennis Iapichino, Shavar Thomas, Hassoun Camara, Jeb Brovsky; Patrice Bernier, Felipe, Davy Arnaud, Justin Mapp; Sanna Nyassi, Marco Di Vaio
Bench: Valentin, Ouimette, Warner, Ubiparipovic, Sebrango, Neagle, Bush