DCU in a 4-2-3-1?

Basketball commentators (especially Bill Simmons), talk about getting your best players on the court, and not worrying about the formation.  In the modern NBA, formations and tactics matter less than having all of your best players together.

Like the center who is thrust into the lineup because you’re “supposed” to have all five traditional positions, Danny Allsopp is thrust into the lineup because DC United is currently married to the 4-4-2.   But why?  Why not roll out a starting 11 in a 4-2-3-1, the formation that was all the rage in the World Cup.  It can’t hurt to experiment a little bit, to see what might work for next year.  One possible starting lineup, using all of the people who are “supposed” to start, could look like this:

Perkins
Graye Jakovic James Zayner
King Simms
Najar Boskovic Quaranta
Hernandez

But why not get even a little more experimental?  Many fans want to see Andy Najar as the #10 and think that he could finally fulfill that traditional DC United role.  So why not roll out a lineup that looks like this:

Perkins
Graye Jakovic James Zayner
King Simms
Varela Najar Quaranta
Hernandez

And have Junior be the first sub off the bench on the wing, to get him some playing time too and see what we have.  Najar is great as a winger right now, bombing down the right side and causing all sorts of problems for the defense; if his stint as a #10 doesn’t work out, we still know that United has a great winger in the making.  But why not try out Najar in that playmaker role for which United has been searching?

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