If we get a win or a draw out of this game, we're in the playoffs! With 7 games (21 points) left, here's how many points we need to clinch the following positions: 4th place: 1 point 3rd place: 4 points 2nd place: 9 points 1st place: 13 points We might end up needing fewer points if other results go our way, but with 13 points we would control our own destiny. BTW, if we get 12 or more points we will have done better (on a points-per-game basis) than last year's LA Sol. Supposedly Ali Riley's injury is not as bad as it initially appeared, though there has not yet been an official announcement. In any case, I hope they hold her out of the game if there is any doubt at all about her health. It's a little early to speculate about lineups and formations, but I will say that I don't expect to see them play with 3 in the back this time. They certainly would not try it without Riley, but even if Riley plays I think it is unlikely. One big downside of playing with a back 3 was exposed against Atlanta: if any one of our three top defenders gets injured, we do not have the personnel to continue to play the system. I think I had a heart attack during the 3 minutes we tried to play a back 3 with Graczyk. To Montoya's credit it took him only 3 minutes to realize that was suicide, bring in Wilson, and switch to a back 4. But it's still a problem that one injury can require us to make two subs. If we had not had another sub available to bring in Wilson, we might have been in trouble. IMHO, if we want to keep the back 3 in our bag of tricks, we need to make sure that one of our midfielders is capable of playing defense in an emergency. I'm thinking maybe Edwards or Boxx, though even O'Hara could be a possibility. Basically we just need to know we can switch to a back 4 without falling apart, even if we don't have any subs left. Another thought about this game is, if we're going to bring in a new player at all this season, now would be the time. We've got an open full roster spot, an open dev spot, and an open international spot. The transfer window is open. We've got a two-week homestand coming up. They might just be planning to finish the season with 20 players to save money on salaries, but, if they are bringing anyone in, the clock is ticking.