Having three days between games is a daunting task in football, especially for the Rapids as they've now already had a ton of games this month including some real frustrating ones like the 0-0 Houston Dynamo draw or the 4-3 goalsfest in Seattle. With what was essentially the main first team - injured players notwithstanding of course - out against the New York Red Bulls yesterday, it's pretty much a given that we're going to see some substitutions against the far weaker New England Revolution on Saturday.
Join me after the jump for three players that I think we're likely to see put into place who weren't there at the start of the Red Bulls game.
Anthony Wallace for Tyrone Marshall - I know, I'm a hopeless optimist. I'm just fairly sure that Tyrone Marshall will not be starting two games three days apart any time this season since he is 36 years old and hasn't been looking quite up to par recently. What I'm hoping is that coach Gary Smith isn't going to start Scott Palguta again. Wallace has apparently been battling a fitness issue, so that might be the deciding factor on whether or not he starts at left back. The other alternative of course would probably be Palguta in center with Drew Moor remaining on the left side like he has been playing in that new Moor-Wynne-Marshall-Kimura back four we've been seeing so much lately.
Caleb Folan for Sanna Nyassi or Omar Cummings - Yeah yeah, the fanbase doesn't like Folan anymore. Well fortunately, coach Gary Smith isn't quite fickle enough to stop playing Folan just because he didn't have the dominant first half of the season we were hoping for. Fact is, Caleb Folan has improved quite a bit at keeping possession, shooting more often and finding the ball as the season has worn along and his biggest issue is that he hasn't been finding the goal. Even then, that near post run that he made against the Sounders to score the consolation goal that made it 4-3 was Conor Casey-esque.
And who else is going to get put in? The incredibly ineffective Quincy Amarikwa? The still inexperienced Andre Akpan? Folan is probably our best option for replacing either Nyassi or Cummings come time for this game and so I'll bet he will be the guy put in. Cummings is probably the more likely of the two to get rested because he has a legit chance of logging some good minutes in the upcoming MLS All Star Game.
Ross LaBauex for Brian Mullan - Mullan looked very good against the Red Bulls. He was stealing the ball away all game in the midfield, getting into good position to get the ball forward to Omar Cummings and Sanna Nyassi. Still, he might not be completely at 100% with this being his first 90 minutes in a long, long time. If Jamie Smith is still out, we might see Ross LaBeaux get yet another start on the wing, one of the handful of positions that he's stuck himself into with decent success this season. In fact, in my questions session I did earlier with The Bent Musket, I mentioned Ross as the under-the-radar player for Revs fans to watch out for!