Crowd favorite and media darling Diego Fagundez is being handed his first start of the season tonight against FC Dallas as head coach Jay Heaps appears to be moving his New England Revolution to a more traditional two-forward setup. Fagundez appears to be entering to replace Kelyn Rowe, who made the bench but has been nursing some leg injuries this week.
In other news, Matt Reis is out of the 18 altogether after apparently losing his battle with knee irritation, leaving Bobby Shuttleworth in goal. The aforementioned Rowe is on the bench, and Ryan Guy will apparently pair with Clyde Simms in the middle of the pitch. Scott Caldwell is not in the 18, but Kalifa Cisse did earn a spot on the bench after missing the last two games through injury.
The use of two forwards does not immediately indicate a 4-4-2, of course; Diego could be called upon to play in the hole behind Bengtson, where Juan Toja has been seeing most of his time, and that role would see him drift and interchange with Toja and Lee Nguyen. That's more Fagundez's game anyway, so look for the movement of those three players to create interesting chances for the Revs.
Revolution: Shuttleworth; Farrell, Soares, Goncalves, Alston; Nguyen, Simms, Toja, Guy; Bengtson, Fagundez
Bench: Soffner, Barrett, Cisse, Dorman, McCarthy, Rowe, Tierney
Dallas: Fernandez; Loyd, John, Hedges, Benitez; Jackson, Michel, Ferreira, Jacobson; Cooper
Bench: Seitz, Acosta, Hassli, Perez, Warshaw, Watson, Woodberry