The Loons will debut their new star Argentine attacking midfielder Emanuel Reynoso and 2019 first-round pick Dayne St. Clair in starting roles for the first time for each tonight against Real Salt Lake at Allianz Field with a four-game losing streak on the line.
Hassani Dotson and Jacori Hayes go into tonight starting 11 in a MLS is Back quarterfinal game against San Jose and starting right back Romain Metanire and Kevin Molino both out as starters, each with a hamstring injury.
The 18th player taken in the January SuperDraft, New Zealand's Noah Billingsley "could have the same sort of impact" draft picks Chase Gasper and Hassani Dotson had last year, United coach Adrian Heath said.
Part of United's franchise dating to its NASL days in 2012, midfielder Miguel Ibarra turns a trial with defending MLS Cup champion Seattle into a contract after Loons did not bring him back after last season.
Loons starting left back fit and hopeful after month's training with U.S. Men's National team as well as items on Mason Toye's role, Brent Kallman's form, an Emanuel Reynoso update and United's strength of schedule.