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What?! The Union played and I missed?–A look back at the team’s Saturday of goals

Jack McInerney scores goals!

Jack McInerney scores goals!

Over the next few weeks I’ll probably begin every post like this: “Sorry!”

I hate that I can’t cover the pre-season in depth, but grad student responsibilities seem to interfere with keeping a website up-to-date.  And I did have something that sounded like a commitment for a match report from the game, but that disappeared into the ether.

So it’s left to me to try to piece together what happened from twitter and the Union’s official site. Here we go:

* Sebastien Le Toux scored a hat-trick in the first half.

*Shea Salinas scored.

*Baby Jack McInerney chipped the keeper from the middle of the field

*. . .

Ah, what the hell. Who am I kidding? Just go read over the rough match report at the ASN Union site. They have far better sources than I do on the game, and I’d rather not just copy them verbatim.


Now that you’ve read that, discuss:

*Stahl at center back? Really? He’s played that position in three scrimmages. Granted, Thomas and Orozco have been missing on national team duties, but it’s very possible we will see Stahl play CB in the regular season as well.

*Roger Torres, an 18-year-old Colombian from America de Cali is apparently on trial with the Union. Really? Could we be so lucky? Check out the vid that ASN links to. The kid reminds me of another diminutive young midfielder with the last name of Torres. Thankfully, Nowak is a better judge of talent than Mr. Bradley. If this kid is good, we’re going to have one of the best youth contingents in MLS.

*Well done JT Noone, who was passed over by every team at the draft but managed to both land a trial with the Union and get invited down to Carolina (important because at least one other trialist, Shintaro Harada, was not invited).

*Don’t disparage the win because it came against UNC. The Union is an expansion side that just started playing together less than a month ago, with four players (including Torres) who are younger than most of the guys on the UNC squad. Yes it’s a game that MLS should win–but, then again, European teams come to MLS in pre-season all the time, and often get thumped by teams that they should easily beat. A 5-0 victory at this point hints of a high level of cohesion and team-play.

*The formations (from ASN–thank you!). Question marks mean exactly what you’d expect–we’re not yet sure exactly who played where. Probably a trialist or two. If you were at the game please leave a comment and let us know who started where!

First Half





—————-Moreno—–Le Toux——————

Second Half





*Will Moreno and Le Toux be the starting pair up front? Unless the Union sign another striker, this seems quite probable. I don’t think it’s just coincidence that the two rookies–Mwanga and McInerney–didn’t see the field until the second half.

That’s all for now. Please feel free to start a discussion below.

  1. OrionPax
    February 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Its interesting that Union is giving so much playing time to Knighton. I wonder if the competition for #1 is stronger than we think, if they were just giving local boy Knighton the time (he is from NC) or if Seitz has really wrapped up #1 and they don’t want to tire him out on college friendlies.

  2. K.M. Morris
    February 16, 2010 at 1:40 am

    I agree. Maybe they just want to scare Seitz into working even harder for that starting spot.

    Very pleased with what I hear about Le Toux and Fred by the way. Let’s hope they keep it up against tougher competition.

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