Match Preview v RSL (I know, it’s been a while…)
So, after the debacle and circus of confusion that was the end of Sunday’s match versus DC United, Union are left with a match against a Real Salt Lake squad coming into town off of a short week. RSL defeated Tauro FC of Panama 2-0 on Tuesday in CONCACAF Champions League play. Union are coming off of a 1-1 draw due to the marshmallow-nerves of Dwayne De Rosario. Kidding aside, Union, though better-rested, will be without Sheanon Williams because Mark Geiger felt the need to red card a Union player because he had already shown 2 DC United players the gate. Ray Gaddis will likely get the start in Williams’ absense. Hopefully that Geiger character is nowhere to be found in Chester. Well, he can come to Chester, I just don’t want him as the match official. He can go visit the playground at the school where I was one of the volunteers who helped put it together. Maybe that trip will help him realize that there are more important things in life than his normal, everyday life of ruining MLS matches. But I digress…
The match previews that I haven’t been writing could read all about the same. Technically, I really could have been just mailing it in this whole time by copy-and-pasting such phrases as “Union need more out of Freddy Adu” and “They can’t depend on Brian Carroll to stop every single opposition attack” or “Where the hell exactly is Jorge Perlazza and why did they trade for him, again?”. They’re a frustrating lot to watch. They get about 80-90% of a possession right, then fail miserably to complete it. They’ll break into a great run towards goal, only to slow play down, relegating themselves to passing around the semi-circle in a hopeless probing manner. They’re efforts are most likely to end up on the foot of Carroll, or a defender who figures at least a shot attempt is better than playing keep-away.
RSL are a good MLS team, and have been for many years. This is a match I expect Union will not be able to salvage a draw against. The only thing that could change that is if RSL’s midweek match takes enough out of the team that either fatigue, or the second-stringers, weeken them enough to allow Union a result. Either way, at least this match is on a Friday instead of a Sunday, so I don’t have to go to work the next day.
Nick Y., the other .5 of Unholy Union (@UnholyUnionNDY)