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Match Preview: Union vs Houston Dynamo

8pm Saturday, PPL Park in Chester, PA, on 6ABC

First off, it can’t be said enough how STUPID it is to have your team named “Dynamo.”

Now, Union are coming off yet another disappointing result, albeit a draw where they at least collected a point.  This is in contrast to the VERY disappointing home loss to Colorado, which collected them zero points.  That being said, the result against Chicago wasn’t unexpected, given that they reverted to the maddening lineup decision to start with two central defensive midfielders.  Given the lineup used Wednesday, I haven’t the foggiest friggin clue who will complete the XI Saturday.  One thing is for sure, Sheanon Williams will return to right fullback. 

And that’s a good thing because he will have his hands full with Houston left wing Brad Davis.  The MLS “All-Star” (I put quotes around it because that team was a farce, but Davis is legitimately good) is what fuels Houston’s offense with his deft crosses.  He’ll try to find Will Bruin and Brian Ching in the 18-yard box, and they’ll presumably try to score goals.  I hope, of course, they don’t.  It will be a reunion of sorts for Faryd Mondragon and Houston ‘keeper Tally Hall, who last saw each other taking turns betting beaten by Manchester United players during the “All-Star” game.

About our netminder, if it wasn’t for his positioning for a couple of saves, Union would have lost to Chicago by multiple goals.  He came up huge in that match moreso than any match this season, and is the reason they were able to earn a point from last match.  And that display happened with an additional defensive midfielder.  So, the offense sucked, and the defense sucked.  To me, that equals “don’t use that lineup anymore.”  But this is a Peter Nowak team, so he’ll probably trot out the same lineup, but with Williams in it, just to piss me off.

Justin Mapp needs to sit.  Sebastien Le Toux needs to stop taking free or corner kicks.  Roger Torres needs to explain to his teammates what he’s looking for when he has the ball at his feet.  The other attacking midfielders need to be more like Torres and not pass the ball backwards on one touch all the time.  Carlos Valdes needs to remember how he played the first half of the season.  My faith in this team isn’t waning, but they’re not playing well right now.  Expect a 1-1 draw, and the need to drink sweet tea to get the bitter taste out of your mouth afterwards.

Nick Y., the other .5 of Unholy Union

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  1. August 6, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Dynamo, Real or Sporting. Which is the most asinine?

  1. August 6, 2011 at 1:40 PM

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