With two close matches less than a week away, Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath will have to figure out which lineups to field for each.
Likely the whole team will travel to Sporting Kansas City on Monday ahead of Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup match, and then just the match-day squad will continue on to Real Salt Lake for Saturday's match. The team will not practice these next two days, Saturday and Sunday.
Coach Adrian Heath said Friday it'll be a bit of balancing act when naming his squad for the upcoming contests.
"We will decide when we work with the group this next Monday, Tuesday what we go with," Heath said. "Obviously, we've got to wait and see who comes back because depending on [Francisco] Calvo, [Johan] Venegas, [Kevin] Molino and [Jermaine Taylor] ... what we're going to have available for Real Salt Lake will actually dictate what goes on in Kansas. We'll have to work around that."
Winger Miguel Ibarra (right calf strain), left-back Marc Burch (heat exhaustion) and midfielder Sam Cronin (illness) all joined into practice with the team Friday at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus, though Ibarra did eventually join center-back Vadim Demidov (knee strain) and right-back Jerome Thiesson (shoulder separation) training separately.
Calvo, Venegas and Molino are all on national team duty. Here's how they fared in their first matches:
Midfielder Molino started and played all 90 minutes for Trinidad and Tobago in a 2-0 loss against the U.S. on Thursday. T&T is at the bottom of the Hexagonal standings with just three points. The top-three teams earn a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia while the fourth-place goes into a playoff for a spot.
Costa Rica played to a 0-0 draw with Panama also on Thursday, Midfielder Venegas started and played 88 minutes while center-back Calvo stayed on the bench. Costa Rica is in second place in the Hex standings. Click here to see the full list.
T&T and Costa Rica face each other Tuesday. Defender Taylor's Jamaica also plays a friendly that day against Peru.