Who will start for Ubi at left mid? (updated)

Posted on 15 April 2010 by ASN Staff

Sinisa Ubiparipovic ©Scott Marsh/ASN

The assumption here is that Sinisa Ubiparipovic will not start at the position himself when the New York Red Bulls face FC Dallas at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night. It’s a shaky assumption too; all we have to go by is the fact that Ubiparipovic started for the reserves in their 3-0 win over St. John’s. Plus, Hans Backe has demonstrated that unlike his predecessor he is not one to make lineup changes on a whim.

Still, there are reasons to believe Ubi’s days as a starter are numbered. And we’re not just talking about his lackluster play against Chivas USA last week. The first is Salou Ibrahim, who is now available to start after getting his first taste of MLS action as a second half substitute. (Having said that, Ibrahim also played in the reserves match, which makes the already shaky assumption about Sinisa about moot, But let’s carry on because there are still signs this is where things are going).

Sinisa’s role on the team is mainly to plug holes. With Carl Robinson and Seth Stammler injured and Danleigh Borman not doing much in his limited audition at left midfield, there have been several of these in the early going.

Update: Carl Robinson reports via Twitter that he completed his first full training session on Thursday. If he is able to go it lessens the likelihood of Ubi baing in the starting lineup.

Carl Robinson is still listed as questionable and Stammler had a poor showing at Chivas. But with Salou Ibrahim expected to move into the starting lineup it makes Macoumba Kandji available for left midfield duty. This is not Kandji’s natural position (then again, what is?) but he showed promise in the role against Chivas and Backe told us he viewed Kandji as “an option as a wide left player.”

Plus, let’s face it: This team needs players who can create chances on the wings. Ubiparipovic, for all his hard work and solid skills as a defensive midfielder, does not seem able. Neither does Dane RIchards at right mid, though that is an entirely different story. Help is on the way, in the form of Brian Nielsen, but until he shows up it will remain a position by committee. Right now, Kandji is the man for the job.

But that’s just our view. What’s yours? Vote in the poll on who the team should start at left mid vs. Dallas.

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Erik V Says:

    I actually think it should be Ubi. But voted for Da Luz. Think this is a game where he deserves a chance to show he's good enough for MLS. Maybe have Ubi start and have DaLuz come of the bench but I think it would be good to test him before Nielsen shows up.

  2. ASN Editorial Says:

    Can't believe I forgot about da Luz! Let me add him in. Votes reset at midnight so be sure to come back and re-cast yours!

  3. Erik V Says:

    I actually think it should be Ubi. But voted for Da Luz. Think this is a game where he deserves a chance to show he's good enough for MLS. Maybe have Ubi start and have DaLuz come of the bench but I think it would be good to test him before Nielsen shows up.

  4. ASN Editorial Says:

    Can't believe I forgot about da Luz! Let me add him in. Votes reset at midnight so be sure to come back and re-cast yours!

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