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Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in MLS, Philadelphia Union, Recent | 0 comments

2012 Roster Moves Assessments

The Union made ten roster moves for the 2012 season.  There were five that worked out, 4 that did not, with one still awaiting judgment.  If the team won 5 out of every 10 matches, maybe there would still be Union matches on the schedule.

Bakary Soumaré – Incomplete.  He played one match and returned to being hurt.  They got slightly more out of him than they got out of Juan Diego Gonzalez last season.  Knee injuries are sometimes difficult to overcome and their severity isn’t always apparent (see Bynum, Andrew).  I’ll give him the incomplete, but this has all the makings of a risk that will not pay off for the Front Office. 

Gabriel Gómez – He started off the season better than he finished it.  He’s one of the few Union players with competent finishing ability, but he seems either slow-of-foot or lazy at times.  He also seemed to become an ill fit for the starting XI as the season went on.  He’s a central midfielder on a team with too many guys whose best position is central midfield.  There really isn’t much of a place for him there since Hackworth also likes deploying Lahoud and Brian Carroll centrally.  My general sentiment on Gómez is that he did well in his first season in the league.  I’ll take 6 goals from him, though I wish he was on the books for a little less than the 275K base salary that was reported.  But, it’s not my money, so I’ll say the move worked.

Chandler Hoffman – The 13th overall selection in this past SuperDraft scored 2 goals in his rookie season.  He only played 204 minutes, but the team needs to find and develop strikers since they don’t seem to want to spend big money to bring them in from the outside.  I’ll say so far this move has worked.

Michael Lahoud – They acquired him from Chivas USA in the trade that shipped out Danny Califf.  His best asset is running people down on defense.  Union already have Brian Carroll to fill the role of offensively useless central defensive midfielder.  They don’t need a second one in the same starting lineup.  This move did not work.

Josué Martinez – He didn’t play much, and looked confused for much of that time.  I feel like he links up well with Roger Torres, which doesn’t help Martinez’ case much because Roger doesn’t play often.  Nevertheless, he’s only 22 and made about 70 grand for the season.  Those are both positives, so I’ll say this move worked, though it’s close to 50/50.

Porfirio López – Hahahahahahahahaha.  There’s a reason that the team didn’t get a win until the first match that López did not play in.  He’s not even ready to start for a bottom-third-of-the-league team.  He needs major improvement to redeem himself.  This move did not work.

Raymon Gaddis – Worked.  This move plain and simple worked.  A draft pick in 2012, Ray proved useful as a fill-in starter.  His speed is what will make him an intriguing option as a regular starter at right back next season.

Antoine Hoppenot – Another good bit of work from the draft.  He constantly threatens opponents with his foot speed, and annoys them with his diving antics and generally feisty attitude.  I’d like to see him “improve his balance” during the offseason, but I like a guy that makes the other team aware of his presense.  This move worked.

Danny Cruz – He was acquired via trade mid-season.  He runs a lot.  That’s about all Danny Cruz brought to the 2012 Union season.  He started all 12 matches that he played in.  Someone in his position needs to score more than 1 goal.  This move did not work.

Lionard Pajoy – The man that was traded to get Cruz was new to the team at the beginning of the season.  His 5 goals were third on Union for the season in just 20 games played.  Lio struggled to be a consistent scoring threat while with the young Union side.  It’s ultimately telling that a player would be traded away in his first season with a team.  This move did not work for Union.