Thursday, February 5, 2009

Intersquad Match in SoCal

RSL was set to have an intersquad match this afternoon according to Behind the Shield. Here are the lineups used:

Team #1: GK - Chris Seitz; DF - Kevin Reiman, Nat Borchers, Tony Beltran, Kennedy Owusu-Ansah; MF - Jorginho Paulista, Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Alex Nimo; FW - Yura Movsisyan, Luis Miguel Escalada

Team #2: GK - Kyle Reynish; DF - Raphael Cox, Ian Joy, Jamison Olave, David Hertel; MF - Alexander Viveros, Jean Alexandre, Andy Williams, Will Johnson; FW - Robbie Findley, Tino Nunez

No word yet on the match results. Hopefully Behind the Shield will have these soon. Although it's hardly the real thing, I think these lineups are interesting.

On Team #1, Movsisyan and Escalada are paired together up top. Might this be a strike combo that we see alot of this season? Jorginho playing in a midfield role as opposed to left-back. Nimo and Morales playing in the midfield together. Makeshift defense with Reiman playing in the back.

On Team #2, Viveros and Alexandre both playing in midfield. Who plays d-mid? My guess is that Viveros may be in the rotation at d-mid this season as Alexandre learns the ropes in this league. Defense also makeshift.

It's hard to tell what the RSL staff are thinking from an intersquad match, but I find it interesting that Jorginho, and Viveros are used in a midfield capacity when two midfielders (Reiman and Cox) are put on the backline. The scrimmage against the Fusion may provide more insight into this.