Andi Herzog is switching up his side just a little bit for the second leg of the United States U-23 national team’s Olympic qualifying playoff against Colombia.
The Yanks drew Colombia 1-1 on Friday in Barranquilla, with Mario Rodriguez linking up with Luis Gil for the U.S. goal.
A win or 0-0 draw will put the U.S. through to the Olympics, while a 1-1 draw would force extra time.
But Gil is on the bench to start the home tie this evening, as is Eric Miller, as Paul Arriola and Desevio Payne move into the starting lineup.
Payne will likely play outside back, moving Acosta to his club position of mid (though Matt Polster could slot in there as well).
Ethan Horvath came through the injury that forced him out of Friday’s draw, and will start in goal for the Yanks.
US U-23: Horvath; Payne, Miazga, Parker, Polster; Trapp, Acosta, Hyndman, Arriola; Morris, Rodriguez