Coach Nowak for a Day: A partner for Migs?

Posted on 14 May 2010 by Breton Bonnette

It might not be a decision that currently harries Union boss Piotr Nowak but rookie Kyle Nakazawa has done enough to get fans to start thinking about his inclusion in the starting XI. Migs’ current partner Andrew Jacobson has seen his ups and downs. An ideal partner, however, would have a good understanding with Stefani Miglioranzi, be a capable ball-winner, and the ability to jump start an offense. Presented with the two choices below, if you were Coach Nowak who would you start next to Migs going forward?

Kyle Nakazawa

The UCLA grad only recently earned his first professional start in place of a suspended Stefani Miglioranzi. In limited time, Nakazawa has shown something, enough to make an impact. His 30 minutes vs. Los Angeles showed his worth on set pieces with consistently dangerous deliveries and accuracy. His start vs. Real Salt Lake showed his need to still adjust to the physical nature of MLS play but the positives certainly outweighed the negatives. His ball-winning tenacity lacks but he has the potential to make up for it with attacking flair and his strength on free kicks. He certainly looked relatively comfortable out there vs. Real Salt Lake in his first pro start.

Andrew Jacobson

The choice so far this season to partner with Miglioranzi in the midfield. He has enjoyed some decent games – the 2-1 loss to New York – but has been sub-par as of late vs. Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles. It seems to go like this: when Miglioranzi plays well, Jacobson plays well. The cohesion between the two is a good thing but sometimes a strong individual performance can go a long way. He has the ability to win balls and get out of tight spaces but is still adjusting to the speed of play. Is a better defender than Nakazawa and not afraid to rip long shots but none have found the frame just yet.

Union fans, you’re Coach Nowak for the day – who starts alongside Stefani Miglioranzi tomorrow? And why?

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. JohnC Says:

    Nakazawa has looked great on set pieces but really does not bring much during the run of play. He is not a ball winner, he does not take people on well and has looked shaky trying to start the attack. The front six of Migs, Jacobson, Torres, Fred, Moreno and LeToux has looked very good this season when playing with a full 11, that group has one win under its belt and losses that can be blamed on some horrific plays by the back four. I think Jacobson is a key part of that group, he is true box to box CM and is perfect connection between Migs and the ever attacking centrally outside players Fred and Torres. If LeToux is healthy then that has to be the starting six up front. Nakazawa hits a nice free kick but really lacks any other qualities to deserve another start. Now if he was a wing player, who could not hit great free kicks but cross the ball during the run of play on a dime then that would be a different story and his name would be David Beckham.

  2. JohnC Says:

    Nakazawa has looked great on set pieces but really does not bring much during the run of play. He is not a ball winner, he does not take people on well and has looked shaky trying to start the attack. The front six of Migs, Jacobson, Torres, Fred, Moreno and LeToux has looked very good this season when playing with a full 11, that group has one win under its belt and losses that can be blamed on some horrific plays by the back four. I think Jacobson is a key part of that group, he is true box to box CM and is perfect connection between Migs and the ever attacking centrally outside players Fred and Torres. If LeToux is healthy then that has to be the starting six up front. Nakazawa hits a nice free kick but really lacks any other qualities to deserve another start. Now if he was a wing player, who could not hit great free kicks but cross the ball during the run of play on a dime then that would be a different story and his name would be David Beckham.

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