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Match Preview: Union vs. DC United

Thursday, September 29 @ 8pm from PPL Park in Chester, PA, televised by ESPN2 (with College Football Live preceding the match, it’s not a live sporting event, so we won’t be delayed from seeing the whole match….at least I think so….)

The last meeting between these teams was a 2-2 thriller, and at this point of the season, with playoff lives at stake, this match promises to be at least as exciting.  United are coming off of a 4-1 home decimation of Real Salt Lake, and Union are back home after a moderately successful trip to Sporting KC where they earned a 1-1 draw.  DC brings to Philly the leagues leading scorer, Dwayne De Rosario, who is also in the lead for the Nic Cage Award, given annually to the worst actor in the process of a dive.  Video of his award-nominating performance can be seen in the latter stages of the match against Chivas USA from September 21st.  The best part of that sequence is that he didn’t convert the penalty that he suckered the ref into.  Karma made that save (I know it looked like a goalkeeper did, but there had to be some higher power involved to right the injustice the ref allowed.  Even Karma knows that MLS referees are buffoons).  Nothing, otherworldly or otherwise, kept DeRo off the scoresheet against RSL.  He scored all 3 of his hat trick inside of 10 minutes.  By the 32nd minute of that match, DC reduced Real to a collective pile of poop stain due to DeRo crapping all over them. 

Three goals and an assist is pretty thorough domination, such as will be fought against by the likes of Carlos Valdes and Danny Califf.  I can say that with certainty, because those are 2 guys that I KNOW will be in the starting XI.  And MacMath, for now.  I expect Sheanon Williams back, but that’s not a guarantee because, well, Nowak fills the lineup card out.  Sheanon probably got his concussion trying to deduce the logic in his manager’s lineup selections.  Or trying to figure out which Farfan is which.  But my money is on the prior.  Anyway, the point is that I have not the foggiest clue what the full composition of the Union midfield would be.  When Morgan Langley is starting on the left wing, I won’t even bat an eye;  I’ve been programmed against it.  Would it kill us to get some Danny Mwanga from the outset?  Sebastien Le Toux is back in form, scoring goals regularly, and I think he can get himself back into the double-double club by being reunited with his strike partner from last season.  That being said, Nowak will probably start Freddy Adu at forward.  Or Joe Tait.  Or himself.

The perilous part of this match is that a win doesn’t necessarily put them in an ideal place in the standings.  The teams are so bunched up, point-wise, that the top six teams are separated by just four points.  And, those teams all seem to have matchups with each other coming in these last few weeks.  This means that a win against DC may provide only temporary breathing room in the playoff chase.  That being said, the key to winning this match, or even securing a single point, is to stop De Rosario.  Andy Nahar and Charlie Davies (with just 2 fewer goals than DeRo) are equally dangerous, but Dwayne is the lynchpin.  I look forward to Union raising their game as the playoffs are just on the horizon.  This is a winnable game, though I’m torn between believing that or the match being a draw.  I’ll say win, and hope I’m right.

Nick Y., the other .5 of Unholy Union

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  1. September 29, 2011 at 9:54 AM

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