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Game #12 Preview: Philadelphia at Colorado

Posted on 03 June 2011 by Breton Bonnette

The Union, coming off of their biggest victory of the young season, will now head to the location where they suffered their biggest defeat of 2010. The defending champions stand in the way of positive momentum for the Union heading into a homestand against Real Salt Lake next Saturday. The Rapids are facing a bit of personnel crisis with Omar Cummings, Jamie Smith, and Marvell Wynne set to miss this game but their squad has been proven deep as they still sit respectably high in the Western Conference standings.

Philadelphia Union (6-3-2) at Colorado Rapids (4-3-6)
Saturday, June 4th, 2011
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
9:00pm EST, The Comcast Network

Philadelphia Union Probable Starters

————————————Mondragon————————————

Williams—————–Califf———————Valdes—————Harvey

—————————Carroll—————-Nakazawa———————–

Mapp———————————————————————-G. Farfan

—————————Mwanga—————–Le Toux———————–

OUT: GK Thorne Holder (Concussion); MF Amobi Okugo (L ankle sprain); DOUBTFUL: MF Michael Farfan (R groin strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Gabriel Farfan (L hamstring strain); MF Stefani Miglioranzi (R groin strain); MF Zach Pfeffer (appendectomy); FW Carlos Ruiz (R groin strain)

Colorado Rapids Probable Starters

—————————————Pickens—————————————

Kimura——————D. Moor————–Marshall————-A. Wallace

—————————Mastroeni———–Larentowicz———————-

LaBeaux——————————-Folan—————————Thompson

——————————————Casey—————————————

FW Macoumba Kandji (L knee ACL tear); DF Marvell Wynne (R hamstring strain); MF Joseph Nane (R shoulder strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Jamie Smith (L calf strain); FW Caleb Folan (R groin strain); FW Omar Cummings (R ankle sprain); PROBABLE: GK Matt Pickens (R groin strain); FW Quincy Amarikwa (L ankle sprain)

Game Notes:

The Union are coming off a historic win for the franchise, a 6-2 drubbing of Toronto FC at BMO Field. Both Justin Mapp and Danny Mwanga registered braces, Le Toux had two assists, and two youngsters grabbed their first ever professional goals – Gabriel Farfan and Kyle Nakazawa. The Rapids, however, haven’t lost in a while but – on the flip side – they have tied every one of their last five games. Last time around at to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the Union were demolished 4-1 at the hands of Omar Cummings and the defending champions. It was their If Cummings plays – as he’s listed as questionable on the injury report – he’ll be the one to watch. A guy like Conor Casey, however, a towering target in the penalty area, could pick up the slack if Cummings can’t go.

Both Omar Cummings and MLS veteran Tyrone Marshall have opted to stick around in Colorado for the match-up against the Union. Marshall will be the one most likely to see some time against Philadelphia after both Marvell Wynne and his replacement Joseph Nane left their last game with injuries. The loss of Wynne could be huge as the Union’s speed down the flank and up top (especially if Mwanga and Le Toux start) should factor in against guys like Tyrone Marshall.

The five consecutive ties that the Rapids have accrued over the last month or so actually matches a Major League Soccer record. Regardless, the Rapids haven’t lost in seven games (but have only managed one win in that span). The Union will be looking for the three points obviously and for them to explode for 6 goals against Toronto FC, even without Carlos Ruiz in the lineup, was encouraging. Guys like Justin Mapp and Brian Carroll will need to build on their strengths in the midfield and when open chances are offered, they need to be taken (those two point blank chances early in the second half). They’re going to have to deal with a tough central midfield made up of USMNT veteran Pablo Mastroeni and FC Delco product Jeff Larentowicz.

Colorado is one of the best in the league on set-pieces. If Larentowicz sniffs the goal, he’ll go for it. The Union back four must minimize fouls trying to body-up on a target striker like Conor Casey or a determind Andre Akpan. Aside for 10 minutes in the second half in last Saturday’s win over Toronto, the backline was solid. They’re going to need 90 minutes against Colorado.

The Union recently cut ties with Chris Agorsor, the former youth star from the University of Virginia. Agorsor was cut even after playing the second half of Philadelphia’s match against affiliate club Reading United AC. Nowak had been saying he would get some playing time for Agorsor but it never came. His exit could be due to a request for playing time from the player himself or simply, that the Union feel they have better signings lined up as the summer window opens.

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Player Profile: Chris Agorsor

Posted on 15 February 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Position: Forward

College: University of Virginia

Birthdate: January 9, 1990

Height: 5’9″

Weight: 145

Hometown: Severn, MD

Acquired: Acquired via lottery by the Philadelphia Union on February 14, 2011.

College Stats

2008-2009 with University of Virgina: 20 games, 6 goals, 2 assists

Has appeared several times for various US Youth National Teams.

Did you know?

After leaving the University of Virginia after his sophomore year, Agorsor had a two-week training stint with Manchester United that earned him rave reviews but no contract offer.

In spite of Baltimore’s proximity to Washington DC, Agorsor has never heard from or thought about playing for DC United.

Agorsor says he has never heard from D.C. United throughout the years, nor was he interested in playing for them. He says the rivalry between his youth soccer club, the Baltimore Bays, and D.C. United’s academy was a heated one in the youth ranks.According to Agorsor, Baltimore “is a lot more similar to Philly than to DC … and Philadelphia was the closest I could be to playing in Baltimore.” – From PhiladelphiaUnion.com

Known for his speed, agility, and confidence at taking men on at the dribble.

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Trialist Agorsor acquired by Union via lottery

Posted on 15 February 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Courtesy: PhiladelphiaUnion.com

The Union beat both expansion squads, Portland and Vancouver, to former Gatorade High School Player of the Year (2007-2008) Chris Agorsor. The one time Virginia Cavalier just recently turned 21 and as a belated birthday present, signed with the Union as he looks to put back on track a career that was briefly derailed by injuries. First, a horrific tackle vs. Central Connecticut State left him with damaged cruciate ligaments and an extended stay on the sideline.

A quote from the Potomoc Soccer Wire gives us brief insight into what he went through his freshman year at Virginia:

“That was the first serious, serious injury I had, which almost took me out of the game completely,” explained Agorsor in an exclusive interview with Potomac Soccer Wire on Friday. “Just to be playing now after that injury, for me it’s a real blessing because I know I was this close to not being able to play ever again. The first words that came out of the doctor’s mouth about my condition was, ‘Do we amputate at the knee? So for me to be here running and playing, let alone getting ready to sign with MLS – everything else is a plus.”

He came back, ahead of schedule, for his sophomore season only to be oft-injured yet again and sidelined as the Cavs worked their way to an impressive College Cup victory. When healthy, he’s immensely talented – pacy, skilled – as was praised during training stints abroad after leaving Virginia to pursue a professional contract. Regardless, Agorsor has a limited body of work to pull from. That small sample is impressive, however, but will he be able to take the physical nature of Major League Soccer? The forward is fully healthy again and had been showing well in the Union’s camp at the YSC so he’s taking the first step. A quote from a recent interview with his hometown Baltimore Sun:

“I’m a big believer that if I take care of what I need to take care of — which first and foremost is playing and doing well — that National Team and my future goals, which are distant ones that I don’t think about all the time. But if I play well and showcase my game, then who knows what can happen.”

So will he take the opportunity handed to him by Nowak and Hackworth and run with it?

Something tells us he will…

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