Friday, February 27, 2015

Looking at the Lineups

Let's look at the Starting XIs used by both Montreal and DC United in their Champions League quarterfinal matches this week:


GK - Evan Bush (USA) - 13 starts in 2014 (2-6-5), 3 shutouts
D - Bakary Soumaré (Mali) - 1st season w/ Montreal, 106 career MLS starts, 12 CAPs for Mali
D - Donny Toia (USA) - 1st season w/ Montreal, 24 starts for Chivas USA in 2014
D - Laurent Ciman (Belgium) - 1st season w/ Montreal, 9 CAPs for Belgium
D - Victor Cabrera (Argentina) - 1st season w/ Montreal, on loan from River Plate
M - Dilly Duka (USA) - split 2014 w/ Montreal and Chicago, 3 goals in 14 games for Impact in 2014
M - Ignacio Piatti (Argentina) - 4 goals in 6 games for Impact in 2014, Designated Player
M - Justin Mapp (USA) - 298 career MLS apps, 20 starts for Impact in 2014, 8 CAPs for USA
M - Marco Donadel (Italy) - 1st season w/ Montreal, Over 200 Apps in Serie A
M - Nigel Reo-Coker (England) - 1st season w/ Montreal, split 2014 w/ Vancouver and Chivas USA
F - Dominic Oduro (Ghana) - 1st season w/ Montreal, 48 goals in 252 MLS Apps, 1 CAP for Ghana

Notes: As you can see there was a lot of roster turnover this offseason as only 7 starters are in their first season with the Impact... The Impact currently only have one designated player on their roster (Piatti)... Team Captain Patrice Bernier was an unused substitute in this match. Bernier is one of six Canadians on the Montreal roster, none of whom started... Rookie striker Cameron Porter, taken with the 45th pick in this year's SuperDraft, appeared as a substitute.

DC United

GK - Andrew Dykstra (USA) - 4 starts in 2014 (3-0-1), 2 shutouts
D - Bobby Boswell (USA) - Team Captain, 34 starts for DC United in 2014, 3 CAPs for USA
D - Sean Franklin (USA) - 28 starts for DC United in 2014, 1 CAP for USA
D - Steve Birnbaum (USA) - 21 starts as a rookie for DC United in 2014, 1 CAP for USA
D - Taylor Kemp (USA) - 12 starts for DC United in 2014
M - Chris Rolfe (USA) - 20 starts for DC United in 2014, 6 goals, 6 assists, 10 CAPs for USA
M - Davy Arnaud (USA) - 30 starts for DC United in 2014, 7 CAPs and 1 goal for USA
M- Nick DeLeon (USA) - 31 starts for DC United in 2014, 2 goals, 5 assists
M - Perry Kitchen (USA) - 31 starts for DC United in 2014, 5 goals, 4 assists, 1 CAP for USA
F - Chris Pontius (USA) - Limited to 6 games and 3 starts for DC United in 2014, 28 career goals
F - Fabián Espíndola (Argentina) - Career-highs w/ 11 goals and 9 assists for DC United in 2014

Notes: DC United was without their second and third leading scorers from 2014 (Luis Silva and Eddie Johnson). Silva is rehabbing a hamstring injury while Johnson is dealing with an undisclosed medical issue... Bill Hamid, the reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the year also missed the match due to an injury picked up during the preseason... All 11 starters for DC United were with the club in 2014 while all three reserves, Jairo Arrieta, Michael Farfan and Miguel Aguilar, are new to the club. Aguilar, who was born in Mexico before attending the University of San Francisco, was the 17th overall pick in this year's SuperDraft.

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