Union tie U-17s, Le Toux scores first of 2011

Posted on 07 February 2011 by Breton Bonnette

The Union tied their first preseason game, a 1-1 draw with the US U-17s in rain-soaked Central Florida yesterday morning. There was very little to draw from it, except the presence of several trialists and the inclusion of new signings Faryd Mondragon, Brian Carroll, and Carlos Valdes.

Courtesy: PhiladelphiaUnion.com

 The starting XI for the Union looked like this for the first half in which they controlled and pressured comfortably:

——————-Mondragon————————

Williams—–Califf———-Valdes———Harvey

————–Carroll———Nakazawa————–

Le Toux——————————————-Mapp

—————-Mwanga——-TRIALIST————–

Le Toux scored first in the 9th minute, an easy tap-in produced by the work of Justin Mapp on the wing. Less than 10 minutes later, it was Le Toux that struck again only to have the goal called back on an offsides call. Not that it matters much but Seba’s goal adds to his Union preseason “record” of 5 in 2010. He had one goal in the first preseason match of the 2010 preseason before dropping a hat-trick on Wake Forest.

Most everybody – according to the Union’s post-game quotes – seemed relatively satisfied with the first preseason match. Califf stressed the lack of cohesion, a first touch, but declared a good first game regardless. If they’re happy, then we’re happy.

The Union will next take on the University of South Florida on Thursday, February 10th (the day – supposedly – the MLS schedule will be released.

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