Where Will the Goals Come From?
If that seems like a redundant question about Union, it’s because it is. Sebastien Le Toux has been in stellar form the last third of the season. However, he is the only Union player in attack that can make that claim. The addition of Freddy Adu has done little to make this a more dangerous team. So, if Houston only has Le Toux to worry about, and focus their defense on him, how the hell are Union going to score? (insert @FakePeterNowak witticism here)
Veljko Paunovic has been the most frequently-used second striker, until his hamstring issues forced him out of the lineup. He looks to be back in good health, so I’d expect him to be there. However, he tallied just three goals on the season. Danny Mwanga has also recovered from an injury, his being to his right hip. Injuries, and Nowak’s insistence on playing Carlos Ruiz, limited Danny to just 5 goals in his sophomore season. He is a talented and dangerous player when he’s on his game, but I’m unsure that he’ll find his match fitness before the weekend. Jack McInerney netted his only goal of the season early in Union’s 2nd match against Houston.
The point is, while Union’s striker corps is getting healthy, they haven’t shown much, other than Le Toux almost notching a second season of a double-double. They have received contributions from the midfield, but those goals are also scattered among them all, and we never know for certain who is going to start in the midfield (we’ll talk about them tomorrow). For Union to advance out of this round of playoffs, they’re going to have to find the combination that will produce up top. Kinda like Wayne Rooney’s hair transplant surgery.
Nick Y., the other .5 of Unholy Union (@UnholyUnionNDY)