The Houston Dynamo broke their three game losing streak with a convincing 4-0 midweek win over the visiting New York Red Bulls and they’ll carry that momentum when they travel to take on the newest club in MLS, FC Cincinnati. For Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera, it was refreshing to have a full strength side and now he’ll have some decisions to make due to the quick turnaround and an unfortunate suspension.
Up top I think we see the starting trio of Romell Quioto, Mauro Manotas, and Alberth Elis. Should Cabrera opt to rest any of these players, or stash them on the bench, we could see Tommy McNamara if it’s a winger resting, likely Quioto, or Ronaldo Peña or Michael Salazar if it’s Manotas.
In the midfield Tomás Martínez should be expected to start as the center attacking midfielder. Behind him I would definitely think Matías Vera starts due to how well he’s performed this season. Next to Vera it’ll be Oscar Boniek García or Juan David Cabezas. Cabezas came off the bench while Boniek went for 86 minutes against New York. While it’s tempting to put Cabezas there, I think Cabrera goes for a similar midfield and starts the veteran Boniek.
Defensively we have another pretty straight forward group with only one spot that’s harder to predict. With DaMarcus Beasley listed as questionable due to a left knee injury, I have to think that Adam Lundqvist starts again at left back. At right back, should Cabrera want to rest A.J. DeLaGarza he could insert Chris Duvall into the lineup, but I think Cabrera sticks with AJ. Due to Maynor Figueroa’s late red card against the Red Bulls, we now have to guess who will partner with Kiki Struna in central defense. Alejandro Fuenmayor is likely the next best choice, but Cabrera has been going with Kevin Garcia lately. I’ll defend Kevin Garcia too as he’s been serviceable at CB. I think Cabrera goes with Garcia again, but it really could go either way.
My Projected Starting Lineup:
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