Ahead of a vital I-95 showdown against the New York Red Bulls, Seth, Jake and Jon propose three roster moves. Who will rest—and who fill feature in the Starting XI?
Move 1: Juan Agudelo for Charlie Davies (CF)
With nine goals and four assists, Davies has been excellent for the Revolution this year. That said, a busy three-game week should provide Agudelo with a chance to get a run at the lone striker position. Originally pegged to be the starter up top this year, Agudelo's time on the wing has been met with mixed results. Playing the 22-year-old in his natural position will be an opportunity for him to usurp the spot ahead of the playoffs. This might be tough considering Davies' form, but it's not impossible, especially since Agudelo has been successful while playing with Diego Fagundez and Lee Nguyen in the past. - Seth Macomber
Move 2: Kevin Alston for Jeremy Hall (RB)
Jeremy Hall has had the right back job locked down for the better part of the last two months, and the Revs have been on a tear in no small part to the consistency and veteran presence Hall adds to the backline. Hall is a more defense first player and has been more of a supporting option in the attacking half but he's gotten more comfortable on the overlap with more game time as the Revs keep piling up results.
But he was worked on Sunday in Toronto as he was constantly under pressure from Giovinco, Findley and the TFC attackers down his flank. Yes, he got beat and allowed the cross that eventually became Toronto's goal but this is more about managing minutes than punishment. Hall needs a breather, the Revs have two very good options at right back able to step in and I'm going to go with another veteran in Alston over the youngster Woodberry. As impressive as London was earlier in the year, and his crossing ability from the right is solid, against a tough New York Red Bulls team that will punish defensive mistakes I'm more than happy to give Alston his first run out since July 4th against Dallas. - Jake Catanese
Move 3: Brad Knighton for Bobby Shuttleworth (GK)
Assuming the Revs make the playoffs, Shuttleworth will be a busy man when game intensity spikes up and attackers probe for goals that will determine the fate of their season. With that in mind, it would be entirely reasonable if he got the night off and Knighton received the starting nod. After all, Knighton is one of the better back-ups in MLS and has shown that he is a reliable shot-stopper with strong aerial instincts in the box. This replacement isn't mandatory, but it's a safe one that doesn't change too the complexity of the team too much. - Jon Sigal
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16
Kickoff: 7:30PM ET
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
Broadcast: 98.5 Sports Hub (radio), Comcast SportsNet (TV), MLS Live (web)