Saturday, September 17th, 7:30pm from PPL Park in Chester, PA
The bright side of last week is that they went from letting up 4 first half goals against New England to keeping a clean sheet for 3 consecutive halves. The dim side is that their last 4 halves of goal-scoring go 1 – 3 – 0 – 0. Just when we think Nowak gets it and he keeps Freddy Adu and Roger Torres together in the starting midfield and the goals will arrive like the rain we’ve had this last month, they drag us through a scoreless draw against Portland. I no longer feel the need to analyze this matchup, or any other matchup for the rest of this season. No matter how much logic is deduced from it, this team consistently defies it. Columbus has a few players missing because of red card suspension, yellow card accumulation, minor injury, and maybe someone will lose track of time inside Harrah’s Casino. Whatever the lineup Crew put out there, they are still in first place, and they beat Union last month because they are the better team. Union don’t have enough consistency in their starting XI, and it’s no coincidence that they have no consistency on the field.
Here is what I would like to see from Nowak’s lineup on Saturday night:
Freddy and Roger need to be in the midfield. Ol’ Serby Bastard needs to sit one game so Jack Mac can get a starting run. Pair Jack with Danny Mwanga. Let Brian Carroll rule the defensive midfield. Alone. Keep Stefani Miglioranzi OFF THE GODDAMNED FIELD!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry about that. Also, do NOT play with 3 defenders in the back unless they are down by 3 goals. And, is it too much to ask a sports league that deals with a large number of foreign players to not screw up VISA paperwork?
Dan K. thinks this match is a 2-1 win for Union. I scoff at his optimism. If Union win this, they’ll score 3 goals. This match, however, is destined to be a draw, as I have less faith in their present form. I’m still going to watch every second of it, but I no longer expect wins, even at home. I’ll call it 1-1.
Nick Y., the other .5 of Unholy Union
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