Match Preview: Union at Toronto FC
BMO Field, Toronto, Canada
September 15, 2012
Dear Union faithful:
Shake the cobwebs from your scarves and make sure the lackluster results are washed from your jerseys- we have a match this weekend!
3 Wins – 1 Tie- 2 Losses
- This will be the 7th meeting between the two teams. Toronto’s last win was July 18th. The Union’s last win was July 29th against New England.
- Games are split this season 1-1. On May 26th, an 88th minute goal from Danny Kovermans sailed past Chris Konopka and resulted in a 1-0 loss for the boys in blue. The Union faired far better in their second meeting with Toronto. On July 8th the Union posted a 3-0 victory with goals from Gomez, Adu and Hoppenot at PPL Park.
Injury Report (as of 9/11/2012)
- OUT: GK Stefan Frei (L lower leg); FW Danny Koevermans (L knee ACL tear); DF Ty Harden (lower abdominal strain); MF Torsten Frings (L hip);
- QUSTIONABLE: FW Eric Hassli (rib contusion); DF Doneil Henry (L knee tendinosis)
- OUT: FW Krystian Witkowski (concussion symptoms)
- QUESTIONABLE: DF Gabriel Farfan (L big toe sprain)
- Pro: Toronto is winless in their last 8 matches for a record of 0 wins – 2 ties – 6 losses. Their last win was on July 18th against the Colorado.
- Con: the Union is winless in their last 6 matches for a (painful) record of 0 wins – 3 ties – 3 losses. Their last win was on July 29th against New England.
- Pro: In 6 of their last 8 matches, Toronto gave up 2 goals.
- Con: The Union has only scored 3 goals in their last 6 matches.
- Pro: Toronto faces the Union in the middle of a 3 games in 10 days stretch. Their last match was Wednesday, September 12 against Chicago. They face the LA Galaxy on September 22nd.
- Eric Hassli: He is listed as questionable on the injury report, but started in Toronto’s Wednesday night match against Chicago. He is 6’4” and weighs in at 200lbs. He has 2 goals, 2 assists and 16 shots in 5 matches for Toronto.
- In this match, we are our own worst enemy. It is ours to lose.
As a team, the Union had 14 days to rest and prepare for this match. As fans, we had 14 days to forget about the last 6 matches and patch over our broken playoff dreams. Even though the playoffs are out of sight, please, for the love of blue and gold, do not let us be the worst team in the league.
In today’s press conference, Coach Hackworth said that service, timing, runs and finishes improved over the break. He also said the team mentality was good. Maybe I’m letting my late night optimism run wild; I have faith that a team with renewed spirit will take the field on Saturday. I hope to see a return of creativity on the pitch and a goal-scoring spark in our team. I hope we, as fans, can enjoy every bit of the remaining matches. The winter PPL-less hibernation is long and lonely; let’s not rush to begin it.