The New England Revolution are nearly ready to take the pitch against Toronto FC, and already the match has seen its share of shocking news. Head coach Jay Heaps has tinkered with his lineup yet again in an effort to account for injuries and suspensions.
First of all, center back Stephen McCarthy is in the starting lineup in defense after being listed as "out" on the injury report just a few days ago. This comes completely out of left field, but apparently the towering defender recovered from his Achilles injury quicker than expected.
Secondly, Juan Agudelo is making his home debut and his first start for the Revolution, apparently lining up on the left wing. Expect to see him stretch the field out wide, but he will likely be apt to cut in and look for chances to score, similar to what Diego Fagundez has done in recent games.
Finally, Honduran striker Jerry Bengtson returns to the lineup as the lone forward in the Revolution's usual 4-1-4-1. With Dimitry Imbongo suspended, Agudelo needed out wide, and Saer Sene apparently still fighting to be fully fit, Bengtson was the obvious choice. Deploying him as the lone striker hasn't borne fruit yet for the Revolution, but perhaps having both Agudelo and Fagundez cutting in to support him will spark his form.
Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, McCarthy, Chris Tierney; Scott Caldwell; Fagundez, Juan Toja, Lee Nguyen, Agudelo; Bengtson
Bench: Reis, Barnes, Barrett, Cisse, Dorman, Rowe, Sene
Toronto: Bendik; Henry, O'Dea, Caldwell, Richter; Lambe, Hall, Laba, Silva; Earnshaw, Brockie
Bench: Roberts, Agbossoumonde, Bekker, Ephraim, Morgan, Osorio, Wiedeman