When the Revolution hit the field tonight against D.C. United, it will do so without Kelyn Rowe and Juan Agudelo. That’s because the two attackers shipped off for Nashville on Sunday as members of the final U.S. Gold Cup roster.
While with the National Team, the duo will miss at least two league matches: one against the Philadelphia Union (July 2), and another against the New York Red Bulls (July 5). If the U.S. advances out of group play, and Rowe and Agudelo survive the roster change that will occur before the knockout stage, both players would also miss the Revs’ match against the LA Galaxy (July 22).
That’s a significant window of time to go without two core players. And while the contingency plan for Agudelo seems straightforward—Jay Heaps has a few forwards on his bench—the plan for Rowe seems less obvious.
Without Rowe, look for Lee Nguyen and Diego Fagundez to earn starts in the number 10 role with Teal Bunbury, Femi Hollinger-Janzen and Scott Caldwell mixing in for starts out wide. From there, everything else seems up in the air.
How should Heaps arrange his lineup without Rowe and Agudelo? Share your ideas in the comments section below.