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DCU manager Ben Olsen made the right lineup call

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One of the talkers coming out of Week 25 in MLS was Ben Olsen’s choice to keep Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Pontius (pictured) off the starter’s list for Saturday’s match in Montreal.

The result was fairly predictable for a club without its top pair of attackers, a 3-0 loss. No offense intended to Long Tan or Lionard Pajoy, the replacement pair for Saturday’s contest at Stade Saputo, but they are not De Rosario and Pontius.

So, bad call from Olsen? Plenty in the Black and Red supporters camp seem to think so.

But they are wrong.

These lineup choices cannot be made in a vacuum. It’s not just about Saturday’s match in Montreal; it’s about Saturday’s match in Montreal as a set of contests before and after.

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As we talked about yesterday in the story linked directly above, the schedule monster has turned its attention to D.C. United now, biting the head off Olsen’s team. (Others, too, of course.)

United hosts New York on Wednesday. (Clear your calendar for that one, if possible; it looks like a good one, and it’s live on Galavision.) Olsen and Co. then board the bus to board the plane for a flight into Utah and a tough match against Real Salt Lake.

That contest against RSL will be United’s fifth in 14 days. It’s a harsh reality of MLS life; every team endures these arduous hauls. So all they can do is deal with it.

The best way to guarantee that the least possible points might be accumulated over that tough stretch is to start all the first-choice regulars in all five matches. It’s simply too much; even the best conditioned among us cannot perform at top rev given such a demanding task.

And that’s not to mention whatever lasting damage, in potential injury and fatigue, might come from such ill-advised usage.

If I had any quibble with Olsen’s choices Saturday, it would have been in using those two at all; both players came on with about 30 minutes remaining.

Juan Carlos Osorio to become new Mexico boss

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Mexico looks to have found a new manager in Juan Carlos Osorio.

Osorio, who had stints managing in Major League Soccer with the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls, was most recently coaching in Brazil with Sao Paulo.

However, the Brazilian club released a statement today that Osorio had decided to step down from his position in order to take the Mexico job.

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Following Miguel Herrera’s firing in July, Ricardo Ferretti was named interim manager of El Tri, and will coach the side in Saturday’s CONCACAF playoff match against the United States. However, Ferretti has stated he will not stay with Mexico past that match, and will return to Liga MX, where he serves as manager of Tigres UANL.

Osorio had recently been linked with the Mexico job, but said he would take his time in making a decision.

His only other exposure to Mexican football came during a short stint in Liga MX managing Puebla. He lasted just seven matches before resigning and returning to manage in his native Colombia.

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He was in line to take charge of the Honduras national team in 2011, but he was unable to get out of the contract with the Colombian team he was managing at the time.

There has been no official confirmation of the hiring from the Mexican Federation.

Benzema and Benitez in a war of words at Real Madrid

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Rafael Benitez (R) of Real Madrid CF gives instructions to his player Karim Benzema (L) during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Malaga CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 26, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Karim Benzema has scored six goals in his eight appearances for Real Madrid this season, and is currently the top scorer in La Liga.

Despite being in great form, Benzema has continuously been substituted by manager Rafa Benitez, which has upset the French striker.

Benzema opened the scoring for Real in the Madrid derby over the weekend, but was taken off in the 77th minute. Atletico would go on to score minutes later as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Speaking after the game, Benzema said he was “fed up” with being taken off, but will continue to work to help his team.

Substitutions are what the coach decides, I’m just there to help my teammates.

It’s true I’m fed up of being taken off. I’m calm and will continue to work so I’m not always subtituted. He took me off to get a result, for defensive reasons.

It’s true that the electronic board always shows the No.9. Ask Benitez why that is.

When told about Benzema’s comments, Benitez said he made the change for tactical reasons, as Real was in the lead and he replaced the striker with a more defensive-minded player in midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

I needed to give the team some balance at that point in the game. I’m a huge fan of Benzema. If I were Karim, I’d also be angry at being taken off when I thought I was playing well and was on a great run of form.

What I’d do if I were Karim is score more goals so that next time I don’t have to be taken off and can say, ‘Hey, here I am.’

Benitez’s response comes off as a backhanded compliment, asking Benzema to “score more goals,” despite the player leading La Liga in scoring. In fact, Benzema has averaged a goal every 84 minutes this season, an incredible strike rate.

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Over the summer, Benzema was linked with a move away from Real Madrid, but he constantly denied the rumors and said he never thought about leaving the club, which he called the best in the world. Just a few matches into the new season, there may be some trouble in paradise.