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Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in DC United, MLS, Philadelphia Union, Recent | 0 comments

DCU Review

Lineups

Philadelphia Union:

4-2-3-1

 Zac MacMath

Sheanon Williams, Carlos Valdes (c), Amobi Okugo, Gabriel Farfan (Chandler Hoffman 70)

Brian Carroll, Gabriel Gomez (Freddy Adu 77)

Antoine Hoppenot (Josue Martinez 57),  Keon Daniel, Danny Cruz

 Jack McInerney

DC United

4-5-1

Bill Hamid

Andy Najar, Brandon McDonald, Dejan Jakovic, Chris Korb

Nick DeLeon, Perry Kitchen, Branko Boskovic (Maicon Santos 57), Lewis Neal, Chris Pontius

Lionard Pajoy

Statistics:

Union – DC United

0 – Goals – 1

14 – Shots – 7

5– Shots on Goal – 2

5– Corner Kicks – 2

13– Fouls – 14

461 – Total Passes – 335

83% – Passing Accuracy – 76%

58% – Possession – 42%

Game Review:

This has turned into an absolute horror show of a season. Players leaving, coach fired, allegations of tax evasion, whispers of criminal activity, lawsuits galore. Good stuff, welcome to the soap opera that is the beautiful game ladies and gentlemen.

DC United came to Chester and left with 3 points, again. The one positive to take from this match is that neither team looked particularly good. Depending on which school of thought you subscribe to either a Williams lapse in discipline or MacMath howler allowed the winning goal. I choose the latter, mostly because I can forgive a young keeper mistake more easily.

That goal, painfully, was banged in (very nicely I have to add if I were to be fair) by none other than former Union player Lionard Pajoy. Well done Leo, there is no greater way to prove a point than scoring against your former team and celebrating it in your former home stadium.

It appeared Hackworth was making both a change in approach and a statement by replacing Adu with Keon Daniel and the suspended Michael Farfan with Gomez. New Union employee and former Philadelphia Inquirer beat reporter Kerieth Gabriel tweeted that perhaps the Union’s 600k man was benched because he “did not work well with others”. Adu was called on in the 77th minute for the completely anonymous Gomez and made an immediate impact on the match. He created several chances and after the match was quoted as saying that he is “playing for a spot in next years team”.

Antoine Hoppenot, Jack McInerney and Danny Cruz led the forward line against United to no effect. The withdraw of Hppoenot and the injection of Hoffman and Martinez livened up the attack a bit, but the Union never really looked like scoring. DC’s Hamid looked ripe to fumble a long shot last night and even though the Union shot 12 times, only 5 were on target and only 2 of those from outside the box.

The Union’s problems finding goal are well documented at this point in the season and to belabor them here would do no one any good. The season is effectively over and the Union have nothing to play for but pride. To point out the positives: Amobi Okugo continues to perform well at center back, as does Carlos Valdes and Brian Carroll remains not only the heart and soul of this team, but also its engine.

Looking at the negatives, dominant possession still cant be turned into any product. Hoppenot is fast, but that is about all he has to offer, and Danny Cruz looks at a loss for ideas once he gets where he is going. This is a team in crisis both on and off the field. The question remains whether it is the workman or his tools at fault for the Union’s on field woes, and whether this Front Office has the fortitude and know how to right the ship off the field. The looming season ticket renewal period is almost at an end and if social media is to believed, many seats hang in the balance of the decisions made in the next two weeks.

NEXT MATCH

September 23rd

Houston Dynamo

4:00 PM EST

 

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