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Injuries and Call-ups Will Force Experimentation

With Arrieta and possibly Wahl out, Warzycha will have to shift the pieces around again.

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Robert Warzycha will have to make another lineup change in DC this week. Jairo Arrieta will be playing for the Costa Rican national team and Tyson Wahl will be trying to shake off the effects of a concussion suffered in last Saturday's game against San Jose. A key cog will return as the team will get Eddie Gaven back as he shakes off his ankle injury.

Warzycha has been stable with his lineup choices through three games. He's made one injury forced switch to the lineup with Ben Speas replacing Gaven. He hasn't shown any signs of shifting around his defense first midfield pairing. Agustin Viana and Danny O'Rourke have started each of the three games as the dual screeners in front of the defense.

With Arrieta and possibly Wahl out, Warzycha is forced to retool. He will have to consider using Oduro or Ryan Finley at forward. Oduro has shown bursts of brilliance, but more often he's a nonentity. A shift to his natural forward position may help keep him involved in the game. This move would also allow for Speas to stay on the field after a couple solid games instead of going to the bench as Gaven returns.

Viana would be the natural choice to replace Wahl if needed. Viana has been mixed in central midfield, starting with an excellent game against Chivas, but tailing off the last two. The shift would force a more attacking central midfield pairing as Viana and O'Rourke often play in the same style, rarely breaking forward into the attack. Viana's shift would give a start to Tony Tchani or Matias Sanchez. Tchani has seen the field as a sub in every game so far, but Sanchez saw limited action in Vancouver.

After a solid win against Chivas, the Crew have looked shaky. Injuries and callups gives Warzycha the perfect opportunity to try different personnel to help shore up a defense that is still gelling and an offense that still looks like it's missing a piece.