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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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Coach Nowak for a Day: Who starts in place of Seb Le Toux?

Posted on 30 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Alright Union fans, you are Coach Nowak for the day. Evaluating players about leading scorer Seb Le  Toux’s absence for tomorrow night’s game vs. Los Angeles. Who will join (if anyone) Ale Moreno up top? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each player?  Vote below and let us know your reasoning in the Comments section!

A little bit about the choices:

Courtesy, www.philadelphiaunion.com

Danny Mwanga

Mwanga has shown his potential on occasion but it’s clear, the realization of that potential is going to take some time. He still has yet to adapt to the fast pace nature of the game but his build allows him to still get a little time on the ball. That means he really needs to know what to do with it.

Shea Salinas

The projected starters from the game notes list Shea Salinas as Ale Moreno’s partner up top. However unlikely it may be, his speed and technical ability certainly make him a candidate. He was one of the only bright spots in take two vs. the Red Bulls. His weak spot? His passing out of the back.

Jack McInerney

The Open Cup play-in was a chance for Jack Mac to shine and he truly looked lost. He was getting flicked off the ball, making intuitive but overly predictable off the ball runs, and his on the ball work was shaky. Give it time but does he deserve another look against Los Angeles?

Nick Zimmerman

Listed as a striker at times, Zimmerman has some pace and when we wants to, some real bite. He can take defenders on or he can disappear in a game. He could be a good candidate if he’s kept constantly involved in the game. Yet to score a professional goal.


Do you think they’ll change the formation? Possibly take a look at a Roger Torres or Fred up front? For more information, you can check out our Game Preview.


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