With no Josef Martinez, I think you will see the Five Stripes play a False Nine, with Pity Martinez, Ezequiel Barco, Matheus Rossetto and Manuel Castro interchanging.
The key in the false nine is at least one player, whether it’s one of that quartet, Emerson Hyndman or the fullbacks, must make runs between lines of defenders. If no one on Red Bulls has to make a choice then defending the False Nine becomes fairly easy because no one has to move and all attackers are in front of them.
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan
Right fullback Franco Escobar, returning from injury
Centerback Miles Robinson, returning from injury
Centerback Fernando Meza
Left fullback Edgar Castillo, making his first start. I think he gets the nod because he has vast tournament experience.
Defensive midfielder Eric Remedi
Defensive midfielder Emerson Hyndman
Midfielder Matheus Rossetto, making his first start
Winger Manuel Castro, making his first start
Winger Ezequiel Barco, who has two goals and an assist this season.
Attacker Pity Martinez, who has two assists this season.