It's no secret Pat Noonan's side looked shellshocked on Saturday vs Chicago. The moment was just a little too big for the players, the coach, and even the fans (please stop throwing things on the field). On Decision Day this Sunday, FC Cincinnati needs a win to lock in their first playoff appearance since joining MLS in 2019. In order to get there, this is how they should line up:

The Changes:

Kubo has outplayed Moreno the last three or four matches now, and has earned a starting job in the midfield. The team is better when he's on the field, he adds much more to the attack, and he can possess the ball better than Moreno. I am shocked I am saying this myself, but I would start him against DC on Sunday.

Matarrita is healthy and we need his free kick ability. For whatever reason, Acosta and Barreal are able to do magical things with the ball at their feet in traffic, but when it comes time to hit a dead-ball they're not very effective. Mata brings that free kick ability to the pitch from the start, and would make corners deadly again.

But I'm not ready to bench Barreal. He's the quintessential "X factor" on this team and offers plenty going forward. Cutting in from the right side he will terrorize DC's defense while still being fast enough to get back on defense. Kubo and Obi will be back there to fend off any attacks that may develop, and since yellow card accumulation won't follow the team into the playoffs, expect to a hack-a-thon from the midfield.

That's how I would line things, but I fully expect Noonan to run out the same lineup one more time.