Emilio Renteria's headbutt brought swift action from the MLS Disapline Comittee. There is little doubt about the decision; it should have brought a red card at the time and the Crew will do without the inconsistent Venesuelan.
His supsension, and Bernardo Anor's season ending injury, brings yet another lineup shuffle when the Crew plays D.C. United this Saturday evening. Anor is likely to be replaced by erstwhile starter Nemanja Vukovic or swapping Josh Williams to the left side. The options at forward aren't as clear.
Recent signee Jairo Arrieta started and played 62 minutes in the loss to Sporting Kansas City last week, he will likely get another start. He didn't get off a shot during the game and saw very little of the ball as the Crew struggled against Kansas City.
The choice for his strike partner isn't as clear cut. The Dispatch's Adam Jardy noted that Justin Meram played with the first team at striker the past couple of days. He's consistently played left midfield this year, but with the return of Dilly Duka, he can move forward.
Olman Vargas saw action against K.C. and is another option to start. The Costa Rican has only one goal in 10 games, 7 starts, but he is a tall target forward that could hold up the ball for a speedier Arrieta.
Aaron Schoenfeld is still struggling to recover from his plantar fasciitis injury and Ethan Finlay and Aaron Horton are buried on the depth chart. The only hope for the Crew offense may be a healthy Duka.
No option at forward is likely to strike fear into the United backline. The Crew have scored a very paltry 17 goals in 2012. Only the anemic Chivas USA attack has less in league play. The team needs to score goals as they approach the halfway point of the season, or else they face slipping even further away from a playoff spot, currently a 9 point gap with three games in hand.