The latest goal-leaking result came at the hands of the Kansas City Wizards, pretenders to New York's current place at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with two games in hand. Regular starters Jeff Parke and Carlos Mendes were on hand for Saturday's 3-3 draw at Giants Stadium, but Todd Dunivant and Hunter Freeman were still missing. So too was defensive stand-in Dema Kovalenko.
"We're bringing back injured players too early," Arena told Big Apple Soccer. "We don't have a choice." Excuses, excuses some might say, but coaches will tell you that a solid, unchanged defensive unit is often a common thread among title-winning teams. But 11 different starters on defense in 12 games? That's got inconsistency written all over it.