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Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in DC United, MLS, Philadelphia Union, Recent | 0 comments

Match Preview: Union vs DC 9-20-12

DC United

PPL Park – Chester, PA

9/20/12 – 8:00 P.M.

ESPN2

Versus:

2 Wins – 2 Ties- 2Losses

  • This will be the 7th meeting between the two teams.
  • Last meeting, on August 19th, The Union and DC United tied at 1 goal a piece. The game was marred by altercations and red cards. The Union finished the game with 10 players and United with 9.

Injury Report

United

  • OUT: MF Lance Rozeboom (L knee ACL tear); DF Daniel Woolard (concussion-like symptoms); MF Stephen King (inguinal hernia repair); FW Josh Wolff (lower back disc herniation); MF Dwayne De Rosario (L knee MCL sprain);
  • PROBABLE: MF Marcelo Saragosa (L hamstring strain)

Union:

  • OUT: FW Krystian Witkowski (concussion symptoms)
  • QUESTIONABLE: DF Bakary Soumare (R knee inflammation)
  • PROBABLE: MF Michael Farfan (L hamstring strain); MF Danny Cruz (L big toe sprain)

Facts:

  •  The Union are winless in their last 7 games. 0 wins, 4 ties and 3 losses.
  • During the current winless streak, the Union have scored a total of 4 goals.
  • The Union currently rank last in the East in goals scored with 26, United rank 2nd with 45 goals scored.
  • DC United currently sit in 5th place, holding on to the last playoff spot.
  • DC United are coming off a 2-1 win against the NE Revolution.

Danger Men:

  • Chris Pontius: In his 4th year in MLS, the 25-year-old is leading DC United in goals with 11.
  • Maicon Santos: With the absence of Dwayne DeRosario, Maicon started his first game since July 15th. Maicon’s height and strength could give the Union’s defense fits.

Match Ups to Watch:

  • Andy Najar vs Gabe Farfan: Najar’s speed on the right could be a handful, can Gabe keep the Honduran international in check?
  • Chris Pontius vs Carlos Valdes: Can Valdes keep DC’s leading scorer out of the scoring sheet? With DeRosario out, the offense runs through Pontius.

Villains:

  •  DC United:  After last game, every player in the DC United team is a villain.  Several altercations took place during the match, including 2 red cards to Branko Boskovic and Emiliano Dudar.

Prediction: Tie: 1-1

John Hackworth used 14 days off to work on set pieces. Perhaps he should have read a book or two on how to kick-start a sad, pathetic offense. It is clear to me that John Hackworth lacks creativity and know how. Hackworth’s defenders claim that he’s doing a “solid” job, compared to Nowak, “he’s doing much better”, but is he really? What difference is there between the job Nowak did and the job Hackworth is doing?

Of the 3 remaining games, this might be the only chance the Union has to get a win in September. Having said that, I’m calling for a tie, it seems to me that Hackworth is more interested in boring the heck out of us than he is in winning games.

 

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