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Match Preview-Union @ New England Revolution, Saturday, August 28, 2010

This is the 2nd matchup of the season between the two sides, to take place at Foxborough, MA’s Gillette Stadium.  The first match ended in a 1-1 draw.  It will be televised by 6abc @ 7:30pm 

The previous match was memorable for two reasons:  the goals.  Sebastien Le Toux scored his best goal of the season when Danny Mwanga’s poor touch at the top of the 18-yard box led Seba to his teammate’s aid and teed off a right-to-left bender into the far top corner of the net.  Journalists and bloggers alike considered it an early candidate for “goal of the year.”

 The other goal was less art and more science, and that’s being generous.  New England was awarded a free kick, and Marko Perovic took it.  It was a fairly standard strike from the onset, until it met a dry, hardened piece of grass in front of Chris Seitz.  The Union keeper had positioned himself to get his torso between the ball and the goal, but he did not account for the wicked top-spin bounce that saw the ball hop over his prone body into the net.  The Comcast SportsNet-New England broadcast called it “like kissing your sister.”  And, I agree, if “your sister” is a rabid Doberman.

 That being said, the matchup shifts to the Bay State.  The lessons learned from the first match are:  The Revs can very easily be contained, they can be scored upon, but Shalrie Joseph will be the best player on the pitch.

 New England created chances, but Union defended every one, save for an early chance for Sainey Nyassi, whose shot beat the defense but went wide of the far post.  The goal scored, as mentioned above, was properly accounted for by defenders’ positioning, the ball just took a funny bounce.  It was purely luck that Revolution came away with a point.  However, Union are also the team that has conceded the most goals in the league, including 2 to crappy D.C. United.  Their defense has not been consistent, and they only have one road win this year.  The goal scorer Perovic is ailing with plantar fasciitis so maybe Union will catch a break.  The better injury news (I know, it’s mean to say) is that Alejandro Moreno may not start because of the hamstring issue that got him pulled (no pun intended) from the last match.  It’s an opening for a young player to get some feature time.

 If Moreno starts, Union will lose 2-1.  New England still has a chance to get into the playoffs, and much like United were desperate not to lose both games to an expansion side and played like it, the Revs will want to guarantee three points against a lesser opponent.

 If Nowak starts with Mwanga and Le Toux at forward in Moreno’s absence, the teams will likely draw again, I’ll say 1-1, but 2-2 wouldn’t shock me.  Union did score first in the last game, and it came as the result of a great build-up, but it was an improvisational strike that was nearly perfect.  They won’t score twice in a match if it takes perfection to beat the Revs’ defense.  Union have shown too often that they aren’t on the same planet as “perfect” yet.

 -Nick, the other .5 of Unholy Union

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