Here is the definite, surefire lineup for June 28th.*
*I’m probably wrong.
Goalkeeper: Alec Kann. Tata Martino seems to believe in starting the best available keeper, regardless of what competition is being played.
Left Back: Mark Bloom.
Center Back #1: Miles Robinson. He was bad against the Charleston Battery. Let’s see if Robinson can shape up.
Center Back #2: Anton Walkes. He played well at right back last Saturday, in my opinion. I think we’ll see him back in his usual position, though.
Right Back: Tyrone Mears. Even if Martino decides against playing his strongest available side, Mears will still likely start since he was rested against the Rapids.
Center Midfielder #1: Carlos Carmona. Remember he didn’t play against D.C. United due to a suspension, so he has a little less miles on him this season than the other usual starters.
Plus, he can command the midfield similar to how Jeff Larentowicz did against the Battery.
Center Midfielder #2: Chris McCann. Not to step over Miami FC too much, but if you’re going to rest certain players for any match, it’s this one. And boy, does Larentowicz deserve a rest.
Attacking Midfielder: Kevin Kratz. Miguel Almiron has not rested an entire match at all this season. That tells you how important he is to this team, but at some point you’re going to have to give him a break.
Left Winger: Yamil Asad. I think we’ll see him for a half.
Right Winger: Brandon Vazquez. Normally I would have Julian Gressel here, especially since he didn’t play against Colorado, but due to the U.S. Open Cup’s rule about not starting more than five international players without green cards, Vazquez gets the nod.
Striker: Josef Martinez. He looked gassed when coming off on Saturday. However, I think continuing to find him playing time, even if it’s just a half, is a smart move for someone that could still be attempting to reach full fitness after a long layoff.
To recap, here’s my projected starting XI against Miami FC.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.