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Philadelphia Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Player Ratings

Posted on 02 May 2011 by stoma

GK Faryd Mondragon (6.5)- With even the defenders pressing up early on, Mondragon served as a glorified sweeper, easily collecting a quantity of balls that got through the stretched out Califf and Valdes.  Faryd didn’t face his first challenged until the 21st minute, when he was called into a flurry of action including two corner kicks and an attempted ball over the top from Anthony Ampaipitakwong that required the keeper to parry it aside.  Then, in the 30th minute, as the Union threatened to give up yet another goal off a set piece rebound, Faryd went feet-first to stonewall the sliding attempt of Chris Wondowlowski, a brilliant save that set off fireworks between Mondragon and Earthquakes midfielder Ben McDonald.  This, of course, quickly ignited a full-squad confrontation once Danny Califf saw his goalkeeper being pushed by an opponent.  The end result was matching yellows for Faryd and McDonald and a chorus of “Mon-drag-on” chants from the River End.

For the rest of the match, with the crowd frenzied and then taken to a crescendo when the Union took the lead in the 76th minute, Mondragon assumed his role once again as the calming presence at the back.  Although he only officially recorded 1 save, that’s not counting the aforementioned rebuke of Wondolowski and a critical punch of a 50/50 ball bouncing in that Steven Lenhart had a real chance at putting away.  The 1 official save was also solid, as a San Jose corner ricocheted onto the head of Lenhart only to be calmly snatched by Faryd to preserve the shutout.

LB Jordan Harvey (5)- After a largely uneventful 1st half in which Harvey joined Sheanon Williams in pushing as far up high as they could get away with, calamity found Jordan in the form of a 50/50 ball that ended up with Chris Leitch tangled up at Harvey’s feet.  Attempting to disengage himself and go after the ball, Harvey managed what appeared to be a bit of an extracurricular jab with his spike into Leitch’s midsection.  This earned Jordan a 41st minute sending-off, compounded by the fact that referee Mark Geiger missed Leitch’s obvious retaliation, which should have resulted in discipline for him, as well.  Pursuant to Major League Soccer’s rules, the straight red earns Harvey a 2-game suspension. The decision will most likely be appealed.

CB Danny Califf (7)- As we said about Valdes a few games ago, while Mondragon has rightly been rapidly gaining notoriety around the league for his immense ability, the defense directly in front of him should also be receiving a large amount of credit for Philadelphia’s quick turnaround from porous last season to impenetrable so far this season.  Further, the imposing presence of both Califf and Valdes has allowed Piotr Nowak and the technical staff to develop more offensive-minded tactics without having to worry that they will be left vulnerable at the back.  As we saw against San Jose, the Union can be successful defensively with just Califf and Valdes hanging back.  Even down a man, the side did not have to abandon the attack, which allowed them to secure the home win they were seeking.

CB Carlos Valdes (7.5)- Another stellar defensive outing from Valdes, especially so as he and Califf were given even more responsibility than usual with both wingbacks pushing up high early on.  Then, after Harvey’s ejection, as the Union continued to attack, it was the steady hand of Valdes that insured that no quick counterattack or long ball challenged the Philadelphia goal.  So solid has Carlos’ play been that it seems fruitless to try and point out the myriad positive plays he makes in this space.  Instead, one must try and identify any mistakes.  As has been the case more often than not this season, there were none against San Jose.

RB Sheanon Williams (6.5)- Along with Harvey, Williams spent the first half-hour of the match joining a relentless Union attack as the center backs alone held the fort in front of Mondragon.  Made an impact early, earning a corner in the 13th minute, and remained a part of the action even after Philadelphia went down a man.  Along with his long throws, which have become an integral part of the attack, especially on the occasions against San Jose when the defense was not ready for a quick restart, Sheanon was again a positive influence on the opposition’s side of the pitch.  When the time came for Williams to defend, the results were not as strong, but neither were they highly disappointing.  Sheanon’s weakness remains judgment of long balls in the air and understanding when to step up and gamble.  However, his speed has so far allowed him to recover on mistakes, an attribute that will make him all the more valuable as his technique continues to improve.

MID Amobi Okugo (8 *ASN PHILLY MAN OF THE MATCH*)- Left as the sole defensive midfielder to help anchor the defense, it was trial by fire for the rapidly developing Okugo.   From early on, it was clear that Amobi was up to the task, as he not only stood tall in defense, but was happy to keep the ball and move forward to initiate the attack.   Then, at halftime, when Stefani Miglioranzi came on to take on the lion’s share of the defensive responsibility, Okugo shifted to a hybrid role and found himself pushing forward as the Union’s attack continued to gain momentum, even with the man disadvantage.   First, he trailed the attack in the 70th minute when a failed clearance came to him and he took a strong shot from 25 yards that forced Jon Busch into action.  Then, the payoff came in the 76th minute, when a strong run into the box ended with an attempted cross that struck the hand of Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez and resulted in the ultimately game-winning penalty kick, converted by Le Toux.  Okugo’s versatility is fast making him invaluable to the Philadelphia side.  It is going to be incredibly difficult to keep him out of the starting XI from this point forward.

MID Sebastien Le Toux (7)- Le Toux still struggled with his first touch in traffic, but the attacking formation at the outset gave him a little more room to work with, and Seba took advantage from the kickoff on.  Sebastien made threatening runs, combined with Torres, Ruiz and Mwanga on several legitimate scoring opportunities and used his speed to get behind the San Jose defense with regularity.  There was also the nifty move that took him into the penalty area only to be derailed by a hard challenge from Sam Cronin just before he took his shot.  A bit of a breakout game for Seba, even without the results in the run of play.  Of course, all of this took a backseat to Le Toux’s 1st goal of the season off of the 76th minute penalty kick, the only goal of the match, driven down the center and toward the top of the goal.  Seba remains the team’s designated penalty taker and has yet to be denied in that role as a member of the Union.

MID Roger Torres (6)– A somewhat surprising start, as Piotr Nowak and his staff unveiled a much-welcomed attacking lineup at home.  Tasked with manning the middle of the front three midfielders, Torres would need to prove that he could be the engine of the attack, opting for the simple pass more often than the homerun ball.   He definitely showed a bit more discretion than we’ve seen from Roger, although the only serious chance involving him was a shot attempted on Jon Busch’s near side in the 16th minute after receiving a deft pass from Carlos Ruiz that Busch parried relatively easily.  With his first start of the season, Torres showed a continued improvement in poise and presence.  Unfortunately, before anything tangible could materialize, he was taken off at the half for defensive purposes in place of Michael Farfan.

MID Keon Daniel (7.5)- Daniel is beginning to really put his imprint on the Philadelphia side, taking more initiative and gaining more trust from his teammates and the coaching staff with each passing game.  Keon took control of the buildup from the left flank, allowing Le Toux and Torres the room to operate and move forward.  Daniel’s play became even more vital when Jordan Harvey was sent off in the 41st minute, first moving back to cover the vacated left back position to close the 1st half and then taking on even more responsibility as the team continued to push for a goal in the 2nd half.  In particular, his combinations with Michael Farfan and Le Toux down the wing were invariably productive.

FWD Danny Mwanga (6)- A capable, not spectacular effort from Mwanga against San Jose, as he was able to use his possessions well, either turning upfield or linking with his teammates.  Where Danny still needs to improve is his off-the-ball presence.  We’ve all by now seen him turn on that extra gear, the one that most people, even professional athletes, do not possess.  However, this seems only to occur when Mwanga already has the ball and can smell the goal.  Rare is the occasion when he will turn on the jets to make a center run or make a challenge that could change the game in the final third.  When he shows that level of stamina and work ethic, though, he will be among the league’s elite.  Mwanga was brought off for extra midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi at halftime after the Union went a man down.

FWD Carlos Ruiz (7)- For possibly the first time since joining the Union, it can be said that Ruiz truly worked with and for his teammates against San Jose.   Taking more of the distributor role in this match, he first combined with Roger Torres and Seba Le Toux for an early chance, then found Torres in the 16th minute with a ball that sprang Torres for shot on goal.  He also made himself available with runs into the area, notably receiving a ground cross from Le Toux that resulted in a shot that was blocked.  In the 2nd half, Ruiz continued his good work, highlighted by an exchange in the 70th minute in which he received a ball in from Michael Farfan, turned and found Le Toux, and laid it off for what was the best opportunity the Union had all day during the run of play.  Came off for Kyle Nakazawa in the 83rd minute.

MID Stefani Miglioranzi (6)- Came on for defensive purposes at halftime after Harvey was sent off, replacing Danny Mwanga.  In a shorter burst than his usual role up until now as a starter, Migs was far more effective than he had been in recent matches.  He consistently battled for every ball, made several key tackles and kept his wits about him when he found himself in possession in a hotly contested midfield.  Obviously, it is not likely that a defensive midfielder can be considered a super-sub, but we must remember that it is a long season and Stefani will still be needed even if he is not to return to the starting XI on a consistent basis.  It was reassuring to see that he will be ready when called upon, regardless of the role he is asked to play.

LB Michael Farfan (7)- Came in for Roger Torres as the new left back in a suddenly defensive formation following halftime, the Union apparently shifting their goal from win to scoreless draw a man down.  However, this clearly was not the case, as Farfan, in his professional debut, showed an adroit capacity for pressing up and not only joining, but engineering, the attack.  Several combinations with Keon Daniel and Sebastien Le Toux led to real chances for the Union as they seized control right at the outset of the 2nd half.  In addition, Farfan showed true competency at the back, a role he had not taken on at lower levels but has been groomed for since the beginning of the season in training.  Another in what is becoming a long string of pleasant surprises for the Union early on in this campaign.

MID Kyle Nakazawa (N/A) Came on for Carlos Ruiz to help salt away the game in the 83rd minute.

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Open Cup Primer: Union look to get at least one step further in 2011

Posted on 04 April 2011 by Breton Bonnette

It’s a double dose of DOOP in the week ahead as the Union will test their depth in both Open Cup and regular season play. Both teams are coming off of losses and on short rest so you can expect to see blend of starters and reserves. Nowak hasn’t been as vocal as last season about how he is going to treat the Open Cup in 2011 but hopefully, however he decides to go about it, the outcome is different.

Philadelphia Union at DC United
Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 7:30PM
Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD

Game Notes:

The Union are looking to bounce back after a 1-0 loss to Los Angeles. The Galaxy were coming off a 4-1 loss to Real Salt Lake and DC United on Sunday will be coming off a similar result as they were punished by the Colorado Rapids (defending MLS champs) for a second half defensive lapse.

The Union have only given up one goal in their first three games of the season but the offense has only produced two. Despite their lack of production, the Union still sit atop the Eastern Conference with six points. Their attacking performance in Los Angeles, however, was anemic to say the least. No shots. Not a good habit to get into. 

United’s Open Cup luck worked for them yet again, scoring “homefield” advantage at Maryland SoccerPlex after an early March coin toss. DC hasn’t played a road game in Open Cup qualification or the tournament proper in almost four years.  

Last season, in their first Open Cup qualifying match vs. the Red Bulls, the Union failed to show up on all ends losing 2-1 in a lackluster affair. Rookie Conor Chinn, no longer with New York, scored two goals before the end of the first half to give the Red Bulls enough of a lead to hold on to. An injury scare to Sebastien Le Toux was the biggest event of the match for the Union as he was stretchered off late in the game.  

A win over DC would be the first of three possible Open Cup qualifiers. The next match, however, would be played at PPL Park (or a smaller local venue) vs. the New England Revolution. The last and final qualifier would be against the winner of Kansas City or Houston.  

United has won the Open Cup title twice, most recently in 2008.

Personnel Notes:

The Union should be particularly aware of Blake Brettschneider, a rookie that earned his first MLS minutes after an impressive reserve league appearance. He wasn’t outmatched and created United’s best chance in their 4-1 loss to the Rapids. If given the chance, he could be this season’s Conor Chinn. Fellow rookie Chris Korb, an Akron product, had a decent showing at fullback for United as well.

Everybody’s favorite American striker (and sadly, a United player) Charlie Davies sat out Sunday’s loss to Colorado due to a groin injury but the club is confident he’ll be ready for the Open Cup match up. He could play a big part if healthy.

An unlikely Man of the Match came out of Saturday’s loss to Los Angeles for the Union. Trinidad and Tobago international Keon Daniel was a huge bright spot on the wing for the Union after coming in for Danny Mwanga early in the second half. Daniel should see a start in Wednesday night’s match-up, as should another Saturday substitute standout Roger Torres. Despite the late ejection of Jack McInerney on Saturday, the suspension doesn’t carry over into Open Cup play. Jack Mac should get the start, especially if Sebastien Le Toux and his nagging ankle injury are rested ahead of this coming Saturday’s showdown with the Red Bulls.

Amobi Okugo and Zac MacMath will miss their third club match as the US U-20 MNT continue their quest for a World Cup berth. DC United will be missing Perry Kitchen, a starter early on, for the same reason. The U-20s play Guatemala in Guatemala City in the Quarterfinals at 10:00PM EST on April 6th. If won, the semifinal will fall on April 8th with the final scheduled for the 10th. It’s a long stretch for the youngsters. In their group clinching win, a 2-0 result over Panama, MacMath grabbed the shutout while Amobi Okugo was tethered to the bench, preventative care as Okugo – having picked up a yellow card in the last match – didn’t want to risk suspension for the quarterfinals and beyond.

Former Union player Fred should see an extended run vs. his former team on Wednesday night. He was a second-half sub in United’s 4-1 loss to Colorado after most of the damage had already been done.

Quote of the week goes to United’s stand-in goalkeeper Pat Onstad when asked about the 4-1 loss to Colorado: “It was an absolute full kick in the nards”. Hopefully the traveling Union supporters (a whole slew of them we hear) and the Union can deliver another “kick in the nards” come Wednesday night.

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Philadelphia Union vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Player Ratings

Posted on 03 April 2011 by stoma

GK Faryd Mondragon (6)- Well, the newly minted captain is human, after all.  I suppose it is better we realize that sooner rather than later, but it’s still a disappointing fact to be faced with.  This is not to say that Mondragon played a particularly bad game; the single goal he gave up was certainly no softie.  However, he did get burned by Juninho (who hasn’t?) only to see the shot rattle the woodwork and benefited from Juan Pablo Angel uncharacteristically flubbing a sitter, pushing a header that came as the result of a Landon Donovan cross off a counterattack wide of the goal.  Ultimately, Faryd did only allow the one goal, but for the first time he seemed a bit hesitant to come off of his line for balls in the air.  Mondragon also did not make any particularly difficult saves, although he did strongly repel a David Beckham in-swinging direct kick that was ticketed for the back of the net.  All in all, not a stellar performance from the captain, but nothing to be concerned about, either.

LB Jordan Harvey (5.5)- Called upon to push forward more than in the first two games combined, Harvey almost paid dividends on several occasions, most notably sending a lovely early cross towards Carlos Ruiz, who had managed to shake Omar Gonzalez during a run to the goal; unfortunately, Ruiz could not get himself on the end of the service.  On the defensive end, did well when directly called upon, but the fact that the flanks were open for the Galaxy attack through much of the game must fall partly on Harvey.

CB Carlos Valdes (6)- A quiet yet effective game from Valdes, as he combined with Califf to largely shut down the Galaxy attack and keep things relatively quiet in front of Mondragon.  Carlos took some smart fouls in tough spots while managing to keep himself out of referee Paul Ward’s book, seemingly an incredible feat in and of itself.

CB Danny Califf (6.5)- Gamely plugging away despite a strained meniscus in his left knee, Califf continued to show his commitment to maintaining his readiness and engagement in the game through the full 90 minutes.  Danny also continues to display his ability to get into shooting lanes and block shots and crosses, which is quickly making him one of the most valuable center backs in the league.  Even when the game opened up and the Union were pushing for an equalizer, Califf was the strong anchor required to prevent the type of easy counterattack that plagued the squad last season.

RB Sheanon Williams (5)- Mixed results for Sheanon against Los Angeles, with nothing particularly good or bad about his game.  Performed ably when asked to go forward and was more or less competent defensively.  However, his tendency to try and get overly physical when he feels he is in a bad spot defensively hurt him in this match and will continue to do so if referees keep perceiving his challenges as reckless, which they often appear to be even when they are really not.  Williams was largely overmatched by Donovan; there is no shame in this, but there is also no need to compound the difficulty of marking someone like Donovan by taking him down repeatedly and giving the official the opportunity to discipline you and give the opposition multiple free kicks in dangerous positions.  Williams was taken off for Jack McInerney in the 73rd minute.

MID Kyle Nakazawa (5)-Another down performance from Nakazawa, which is becoming a bit of a troubling trend.   As we’ve stressed, this team needs production from the attacking midfielder spots, particularly from the wing.  Nakazawa may not take much off the table, but at this point, he is not bringing anything to the table either.  A free kick specialist who does not put any free kicks on frame or to a teammate in a dangerous position is not very valuable.  Nor is an attacking midfielder who has to be taken off for another attacking midfield because he is not playing his role effectively.  

MID Brian Carroll (6)- Carroll continues to be an excellent defensive midfielder, but it was more clear than ever during the Los Angeles match that the team cannot rely upon him to be any sort of dependable link to the offense.  He has better ball control and possession ability than Stefani Miglioranzi, but is no better equipped to participate in the buildup or attack in any meaningful way.  None of this is to detract from what Carroll is, but it is certainly something to note for a team still searching for its identity in the early part of this campaign.

MID Stefani Miglioranzi (4.5)- For the first time in memory, we can honestly say that Migs played a poor game for the Union.  Sometimes it looks like he is just doing things effortlessly because he performs so smoothly; against the Galaxy, one had to wonder if he actually was exerting any effort because the results were so lackluster.   Whether he was missing wide open passes to continue the buildup or tentatively looking to go backward with the ball when the Union were trying to push forward with the man advantage, Stefani looked a bit out place, topping a substandard performance off by losing Leonardo during the scoring set piece, which led to the only goal of the match.

Sebastien Le Toux ©ASN/Terry McLaughlinMID Sebastien Le Toux (6.5)- Along with the rest of the attack, Le Toux was largely invisible for the early part of the match.  Seba did manage to track back a fair bit in an effort to initiate the attack from the midfield, but his efforts were largely fruitless throughout the 1st half.  At that point, it became clear that Le Toux would need to move forward in order to be effective against the packed-in Galaxy defense, so Piotr Nowak and the coaching staff decided to remove Danny Mwanga and let Seba operate from the top of the formation.  This proved a wise decision: even though the Union still did not break through, their attack created far more chances in the 2nd half, the best of which was created by Le Toux when he took a shot from the top of the area that was deflected and landed at the feet of Jack McInerney, who just missed equalizing.

FWD Danny Mwanga (4)- Unlike Le Toux, Danny never found a way to get himself involved in the game after the team’s early offensive struggles.  Part of Mwanga’s necessary development is going to have to be him acquiring the knowledge of how to maximize his touches and opportunities when they are severely limited, as was the case in Los Angeles.   Due to his ineffectiveness, Mwanga came off for Keon Daniel at halftime.

FWD Carlos Ruiz (5.5)-Conversely to attackers such as Le Toux or Mwanga, there is really not much one can expect Ruiz to do if the ball is not getting to him from the back.  His job is to receive the ball and hold up or capitalize on a chance, not to advance the ball from the midfield and link all by himself.   Of course, when crosses did come his way, he was either a step late (50th minute) or committed a foul (77th minute).  Still, though, you have to give Ruiz credit for doing his best to get under the opposition’s skin, which led to Chris Birchall’s sending off, and for continuing to plug away until the final whistle was blown.

MID Keon Daniel (7 * ASN PHILLY MAN OF THE MATCH*)–  Rare is the occasion when a substitute can do enough to be called the best player on the field for a particular side, but that was the case for Daniel in his first appearance in a Union kit.  The 24 year-old Trinidad and Tobago international came on for Danny Mwanga at the half and allowed Seba Le Toux to move up front.  Immediately, Daniel took control out wide and became the link between the backfield and the attack that was lacking for the entire 1st half.  He was the point man on the vast majority of the buildup in the 2nd half and acquitted himself quite well, showing reliable ball handling and excellent field vision.  If Justin Mapp is out for an extended period of time, Daniels may be the answer the Union are looking for on the wing.

MID Roger Torres (6.5)- This game was simultaneously an exhibition of the talents Torres already possesses and his limitations.  Roger came on for Kyle Nakazawa in the 62nd minute.   His presence was sorely needed, and his inclusion in the match unquestionably benefited the Philadelphia side, but Roger’s playmaking still lacks that refined sense of discipline that produces results.  The kid can create, there is no doubt about that, but his tendency is to go for the all-or-nothing play, the spectacular as opposed to the practical.  He sees things on the pitch that few others can, but he needs to understand that he cannot simply will the play to end how he envisions it.   Sometimes he needs to make the lateral pass to maintain possession and momentum instead of trying to drop one over the top of the defense; sometimes he needs to go out wide instead of trying an outside foot direct pass to Jack McInerney making a run towards the goal mouth, who himself chided Torres following the play.  Torres breathes life into the Union attack, but we’re still waiting on tangible products of his contribution.

FWD Jack McInerney (6)- Came on for Sheanon Williams in the 73rd minute as the Union made their final big push for the equalizer.  McInerney continues to show signs that he is going to be a very special player when he puts it all together.  Not only can he be a large contributor, but he has the makings of a team leader.  Union fans might decry the effort and heart displayed against the Galaxy by some on the pitch, but those accusations cannot be put upon Jack Mac.  He came into the game prepared to try and make a difference and almost did on several occasions.  His retaliation against Chad Barrett in stoppage time for an upending that earned McInerney a red card and a one-match suspension may have been ill-advised, but it also went a long way towards endearing Jack Mac to the fans even more.

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Player Profile: Keon Daniel

Posted on 22 March 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Courtesy of PhiladelphiaUnion.com

Full Name: Keon Kelly Daniel

Position: Midfielder

Number: 17

Birthdate: January 16, 1987

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 170

Hometown: Lambeau, Trinidad and Tobago

Acquired: Signed by the Philadelphia Union on March 18, 2011.

Professional Stats

2010 with Puerto Rico (USL): 14 appearances, 2 goals, 2 assists, won Championship

From 2006 to 2010: Spent time with both United Petrotrin and Caledonia AIA of the TT Pro League

Spent two years in the youth ranks of FMF powerhouse Club America. Saw time with senior ranks in friendlies.

International Stats

With the Trinidad & Tobago National Team: 46 appearances, 8 goals, led the Soca Warriors for goals during the 2010 World Cup Qualifiying campaign.

Did you know?

Daniel had training stints with Manchester United (2005) and West Ham United (2008). Neither ended with contract offers.

Had interest in 2009 from Wolves in the UK, as well as teams from Turkey, the United States, Norway, and his home country of Trinidad and Tobago.

Spent three weeks on trial with the Union before signing a contract.

His four goals during the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign tied him at the top of the scoring charts with the likes of Landon Donovan, Costa Rica’s Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake), and Brian Ching.

He debuted for the Soca Warriors in 2008 at the age of 22.

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Union sign twin brother of draft pick, Houapeu, and Daniel

Posted on 18 March 2011 by Breton Bonnette

The Union filled out their roster today with the finalization of several contracts offered to draft pick Levi Houapeu, taken in the third round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Keon Daniel, a former Puerto Rico Islander, and twin brother of DraftPick Michael Farfan, Gabriel.

Levi Houapeu is a pacy, outside midfielder from the  University of Maryland-Baltimore County, that should provide depth in both the outside midfield and forward department. Keon Daniel, a veteran of the Soca Warriors (Trinidad and Tobago), could prove to be an impressive acquisition based on an international career in which he has amassed 8 goals in over 45 caps for the Trinidad and Tobago National Team. Gabriel Farfan joins the Union after a year with Club America and has impressed .

All three provide a degree of versatility and youth to the roster as the midfield predominates the roster in the start of year two.

Player profiles to be posted in the next several days.

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Ergotelis FC tie tells us more than you think, complete rosters and where’s Michael?

Posted on 28 February 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Courtesy of Ergotelis FC's Website

Stefani Miglioranzi continued what’s fast becoming a Union trademark, finishing games – whether they’re regular season or preseason – with only 10 men on the field. Miglioranzi was ejected, the second ejection of the preseason, in the 88th minute of the friendly vs. Ergotelis FC played earlier today at the Pancretan Stadium. The Union were holding onto a 1-0 lead until the ejection of Miglioranzi led to a converted equalizer from the penalty spot.

In better news, however, new signing Carlos Ruiz found his first Union goal tapping a Justin Mapp service into the net only 27 minutes after stepping onto the field a member of the Union for his debut. Faryd Mondragon showed well in net, shutting out Ergotelis, before stepping aside for a younger line-up in the second half.

Surprisingly, we have rosters! They don’t look to be “in formation” but you can certainly see that Orozco Fiscal did not play a part in this lineup. The picture and rosters are courtesy of Ergotelis FC’s website:

First Half: Mondragon, Califf, Carroll, Harvey, Mapp, Miglioranzi, Mwanga, Nakazawa, Ruiz, Torres, Valdes.

Second Half: MacMath, Agorsor, M. Farfan, Mclnerney, Okugo, Pfeffer, Richter, G. Farfan (TRIALIST), Keon Daniel (TRIALIST), Houapeu

The picture above is clearly of the second half line-up and the Union players are as follows from the top left to the bottom right: Z. Pfeffer, Okugo, Macmath, TRIALIST (Keon Daniel), Miglioranzi, Valdes, Houapeu, McInerney, M. Farfan, Agorsor, TRIALIST (G. Farfan), Richter

What to pull from all this? That’s a formidable “starting XI” the Uion have fielded above. We also have confirmation that both Gabriel Farfan and Keon Daniel are still in camp with the squad and there’s a distinct possibility they could be sticking around. It’s also clear Michael Orozco Fiscal did not play a part in this friendly. Does that mean he is gone? No drawing concrete conclusion but it’s definitely a strong possibility.

More pictures, quotes from Piotr Nowak, Carlos Ruiz, Faryd Mondragon, and a game recap (translated) at the Ergotelis FC link above.

The Union – having flip-flopped dates – will now play third division Hersonissos FC at the same location this Wednesday, March 2.

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