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.

CCL: Lodeiro from 45; Royer’s diving header — SEA, RBNY lead (video)

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After 45 minutes of their respective CONCACAF Champions League knockout-round quests, things are going unnervingly well for the Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls.

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If you’ve watched Major League Soccer teams try, try and try again — only to eventually fail in spectacular fashion — in CCL over the years, you might say things are going a little too well.

There’s still another 45 minutes to be played on Thursday — plus the return legs next week — but both the Sounders and Red Bulls hold 1-0 halftime leads, and the vitally important away goals which come with it. Nicolas Lodeiro’s 45-yard, first-time lob of the Santa Tecla (El Salvador) goalkeeper in the 15th minute has already been eternally etched into the memories of Sounders fans.

Just 15 minutes later, Daniel Royer perfectly executed the diving header and got on the end of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ curling ball into the box to Jesse Marsch’s side ahead of Honduran side CD Olimpia.

Villarreal DF Semedo charged with attempted murder

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MADRID (AP) A Spanish judge has charged Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo with attempted murder and ordered him to be temporarily detained without bail.

Court officials in Lliria say on Thursday the Portuguese player is also charged with assault, robbery, illegal detention, and illegal possession of firearms.

Semedo testified before a judge on Thursday, and left the court in handcuffs.

The 23-year-old Semedo was detained early Tuesday, accused of tying up, assaulting and threatening another man last week. Authorities say he and two other men allegedly held the victim captive while they robbed his apartment.

Semedo’s agents told Spanish media the player denies any wrongdoing.

Villarreal on Tuesday said it was investigating Semedo and would take appropriate disciplinary action.

Villarreal signed Semedo from Sporting Lisbon last summer for a reported fee of $17 million.

Wenger: Arsenal “complacent, had no ideas” in Ostersunds loss

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Perhaps Sunday’s League Cup final had already reached the forefront of their minds, but Arsene Wenger admonished his players, whom he said were “complacent, not focused” and “had no ideas” for much of Thursday’s Europa League defeat, at home, to Swedish side Ostersunds.

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The Gunners advanced to the round of 16 on the back of their 3-0 first-leg victory last week, but Wenger was understandably displeased by the effort he saw and expressed such feelings in no uncertain terms, before quickly easing up and praising the fact they were able to pull back a goal against the current fifth-place team from Sweden — quotes from the BBC:

“We were not at the races in the first half,” said Wenger, who saw his side booed off at half-time and full-time. I think in the second half it was much better and we should have scored a few goals.

“In the first half, we were in trouble and in danger because we were complacent, not focused and were open every time we lost the ball. We had no ideas with the ball and that’s why we were in trouble.

“We responded very well because we did the job to qualify, but that’s what we have to take from the night and that’s all.”

With Arsenal now trailing fourth-place Chelsea by eight points (and seven back of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur), winning the Europa League might just be the Gunners’ last chance at qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Batshuayi racially abused by Atalanta fans

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Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi says he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during a Europa League game in Italy.

The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted:

Dortmund advanced to the round of 16 by drawing 1-1 to beat Atalanta 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.

The game was played at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia because Atalanta’s home stadium is unsuitable for UEFA games.

There have been several incidents of racism at Serie A matches this season.