The Fire will be without team captain Logan Pause for the next 4-6 weeks after suffering two broken ribs and a collapsed lung as result of a first half collision on Sunday night in Philadelphia. Pause has started every game this season and trails only CJ Brown in all-time appearances for the club.
Without Pause in the line-up it will be interesting to see if Frank Klopas continues to utilize two holding midfielders or if he experiments with a diamond shape keeping Pavel Pardo as the lone defensive mid. Odds are that a change in formation and system at this point isn't likely and we'll see either Daniel Paladini or Mike Videira fill in for Pause. Victor Pineda could also see an opportunity to crack the game day 18 since much of his time with the Fire Academy teams has been spent playing the holding role. Pineda can also play on the outside.
Paladini had a very good preseason but hasn't seen much action this year with Pardo and Pause playing ahead of him. He should get a good look at a starting spot over the next month and a half. Ironically, Rafael Robayo's argument for more playing time would have been realized if he would have shown some patience and earned his way onto the pitch.