COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Minnesota United FC has made some big changes ahead of its third Major League Soccer match. After losing the first two outings in a record-setting awful way, conceding a combined 11 goals, coach Adrian Heath has made several lineup changes in hopes of turning the results around.
Here is the starting lineup against Colorado:
Miguel Ibarra, Johan Venegas, Kevin Molino
Rasmus Schuller, Collen Warner
Justin Davis, Francisco Calvo, Brent Kallman, Jerome Thiesson
Subs: Vadim Demidov, Jermaine Taylor, Bashkim Kadrii, Billy Heavner, Mohammed Saeid, Abu Danladi, Ibson
The team also traveled Josh Gatt as an extra, just in case Venegas had to fly home last-minute for the birth of his first child.
Most notably here are the changes to the back-line. Captain and veteran Demidov moves to the bench in favor of Kallman making his MLS debut. While Demidov had not played well the past two matches, it’s a fairly major move for one of the team’s marquee signings. Davis also reclaims his spot at left-back after Taylor moved from the right last weekend. Taylor, who has also struggled the first two matches, also sees the bench for the first time.
Ibarra, in a move many fans have eagerly anticipated, earns his first MLS start at left wing. Former starters Kadrii and Saeid are now also on the bench.
Heavner, of course, is the emergency backup goalkeeper signed to a short-term deal in the wake of injuries to starter John Alvbage and third-choice Patrick McLain.
“We made a few changes," Heath said. "And let’s hope that that has the desired effect for us."