It is almost silly to these days talk about a starting eleven when it comes to professional soccer. Sure there is a best eleven players that make up your strongest lineup but based on injury, volume of games, opponents and other factors it really is about the depth of an organization.
So how does Dominic Kinnear set out his team against DC United on Saturday in the home opener that is the curtain raiser for the club in 2013?
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Most significant would be the start of Cam Weaver who last year was banished to the reserves but fought his way back into the team getting important minutes down the stretch.
He was a story and looks set to start on Saturday.
Dominic Kinnear mentioned that it was focus on DC United first and then assessing everything from fatigue, health etc. before he would know what he would put out against Santos in an important first leg Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal match.
Giles Barnes, Luiz Camargo and others will have to play a very important part in the upcoming two games where the Dynamo is likely to go 15-17 deep on their roster.
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Remember when Real Salt Lake a few years back was in the final match to go to the World Club Championship at Rio Tinto in Sandy, Utah?
They came out buzzing against a deep defending Monterrey and should have scored early through Fabian Espindola.
What was significant was the whole of MLS took pride in wanting to see RSL be the first to win the Concacaf Champions League out of MLS. Despite creating more chances it wasn’t to be and the loss hurt all of MLS and RSL deeply.
It also proved that this tournament is winnable and needs to start getting Champions out of the MLS.
Fact is no MLS team has won the Concacaf Champions League and coaches and clubs desire to be the first to do it!
This will be significant on Tuesday when the Dynamo take on Santos who are well into their season. IT will also be a challenge but it will bring an air and an edge that can only come when MLS takes on Liga MX.
This is a game for fans not to miss in Houston and I still wonder if the general fan base of the Dynamo outside of the hardcore understand this match in the global context?
Santos striker Herculez Gomez told me this last night about the Concacaf Champions League on SOCCER MATTERS on ESPN 97-5:
“It is something we have focused on alot in recent years. We want to become an international club, an international brand. The only way to do that is compete against the world’s best and the only way to get there is winning the Concacaf Champions League.”
No question Santos is coming in serious on Tuesday after playing on Friday night.
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