In case you missed it last week, I traded 3 questions with the excellent RSL Soapbox blogger Denzel Eslinger
We exchanged questions again today.
With Javier Morales out for RSL, is there one particular player that will stay in the attacking mid position or will players switch throughout the game?
I think you will see Andy Williams take over the main attacking midfield position, that is his more natural position and while he has proven to be able to handle any position that RSL has asked him to fill in over the last couple years, Andy hasn't lost his creative flair.
I do think you will see both Ned Grabavoy and Will Johnson both help out in support of the offense maybe a bit more than normal with RSL being down a goal in the series. I also think there is a good chance that you will see either Nelson Gonzalez (finally back to full fitness) or Collen Warner in the 18 to be available to step in and support the more offensive minded midfield attacking roles.
Jump to read who Denzel thinks will start up top for RSL and a scouting report of Andy Williams and Will Johnson.
Along those same lines, what are some of the advantages and disadvantages to playing either Andy Williams or Will Johnson in place of Morales?
I think the advantage to playing Andy in that position is that you then still can use the normal pinched diamond with Will and Ned on the outsides. This allows RSL to continue to play the formation and style that they are used to. Andy is getting a bit older, but his fitness level has probably never been better than what it is this year, I do worry sometimes that Andy tries to do too much, but with the ability to score some incredible goals from distance, he has earned the right to take the shot.
I think moving Will to the attacking role would be a bit more of an adjustment, I do think he is capable of doing it but with just a week to practice I don't think it is likely that he would take over that main role as play-maker. I wouldn't be surprised if you see him make some small adjustments to his game that allow him to help out the attack a bit more, but with the adjustments to the FC Dallas lineup I expect that Will will have his hands full with Shea. That should be an interesting match-up of two guys who love to battle.
After Espindola's goal on Saturday, the RSL forwards(Saborio and Espindola) seemed a bit out to sea and didn't combine well. Is starting Robbie Findley an option on Saturday and what do you feel is the best forward combination for RSL?
I think that Fabian getting fit again and stepping in to play with Saborio may have thrown off the chemistry and rhythm of the attack a bit. I do think a good part of what you saw may have actually been caused by the injury to Saborio, which has been a concern this week but my word is that he practiced the last couple days, but don't be surprised if the lineup for RSL is Espindola and Findley to start the match.
Check RSL Soapbox soon for my answers to Denzel's 3 questions