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August 5, 2013Posted by on
The Answer is yes, the Union should bench McInerney for a game or two. The kid could use a mental day off to collect himself and humble him a bit. Jack McInerney is currently the leading scorer for the Union and has had a phenomenal season so far scoring 10 goals. Unfortunately he has not scored in 10 games and is really letting this goal drought get to him. The All-star striker is not playing well.
It would be in the best interest of both the striker and the club to bench the player for a game or two maybe give him a role off the bench. Give the guy a break, he is struggling on the pitch. The next game is against DC United who are currently in the league by a long shot. The Union should rest Jack and start Hoppenot or move Le Toux up top and start another midfielder. Use Jack as a sub so he can come in and contribute and maybe break his funk. Coming in as a sub might be easier for Jack to make an imprint on the game sense a flow has already been established. Let Jack come in and run against tired legs and see if that helps him break his scoring funk.
We all know that Jack is very immature and has childish tendencies on the field. He gets upset easily and checks himself out of the game. It is annoying and frustrating for fans who see him give up on a play. He has gotten trigger shy and is not shooting as often as he was. Jack is not taking his chances and when he misses he gets very frustrated and puts his head down. He needs to really change that. We want to see the hustle back and some energy. We also want to see him pass and move more make some dangerous runs into the box.
Jack was never a person to take a defender one on one and beat them or take a shot from 20 out and put it on frame. When Jack was scoring goals he was doing it with speed, precision, and being in the right place at the right time. Now it seems with each passing game, his positioning and touch are diminishing. He is hardly upfront and center, he has been drifting wide and hanging back. His touch is off, he used to be able to settle and shoot, now it looks like he has trouble keeping control of the ball.
July 1, 2013Posted by on
We are assuming that somewhere Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite aka Kaka was watching Brazil’s Confederations Cup victory over Spain. Sometime during that celebration Kaka caught a glimpse in the mirror and the stars aligned He had is moment of realization that nothing will ever be the same for him. Kaka has finally realized that both Brazil and Madrid’s future is brighter without him. The ultra religious man says a prayer and the only answers to his prayers is the Philadelphia Union. Madrid have been looking to move him for some time, no club wants to pay the price but the 31 year old is not getting any younger.
Ricky was suppose to be on this Brazil team,he was suppose to be one of the greats. He had such an amazing career with AC Milian do to injuries and adequate rest time Kaka never got back to form. In a blockbuster transfer deal he sought him self going to Real Madrid. During his time at Madrid he was able to contribute in limited spots. He had trouble cracking the starting 11 and will even see less minutes in the following season with Madrid on the verge of singing a number of young talented midfielders.
Ricardo kaka would be the gem of the MLS if the Union were able to sign him. He would be the most talented and the biggest name in the MLS. A special buzz similar to that of Beckham and Henry would be created with the addition of Kaka. His flair, and imagination in the midfield would prove to be an invaluable asset for the Union. His free kicks and service to McInerney and Casey would make the Union’s attack downright lethal and explosive.
The biggest argument is weather or not would Ricky be a “Hack type of player” and the answer of that is a YES! A hardworking, experienced player with a deep routed faith, just screams Hackworth. kaka is not a defensive liability, he is creative, hardworking and would provide a huge size increase in the midfield. He would fit right in with Le Toux, Carrol and I guess Cruz. Kaka brings versatility to the lineup also, he can play outside and as an attacking midfielder. Ideally Ricky would play as a CAM and forcing Farfan outwide. and moving Cruz to the bench but we all know that will never happen. Hackworth loves Cruz too much
This is how it would go down if the Kaka would join the Union.
1. Signed to a DP contract and becomes the highest paid player in Union history. He does the media circus and appears on ESPN and Philly Sports Talk. The Sons of Ben break out a clever Tifo. Kaka on the pitch is no let down, he lives up to the name. Due to a Danny Cruz injury and the fact that the Union have already locked up first place in the East Hackworth plays Kleberson, Marfan and Kaka at the same time. The Union win that game. The Union win MLS Cup and are competitive for years to come.
2. Kaka signs with the Union for a groundbreaking DP contract. 75% of the City have trouble pronouncing his name and laugh because Kaka means poop in some languages. Kaka has a rough adjustment the first season and has a poor showing. He takes the route of Ronaldo and gains weight. Kaka becomes a frequenter of Fogo De Choa and eats alot. After some criticism and hours spent in prayer Kaka starts losing weight. He comes out and has a solid second season.
3. Union sign Kaka, he wears number 22 and becomes the best player in Union history to wear number 22. He lives up to the hype and becomes one of the more productive players. One solid season with the Union and he is on the first plane to the French League. He leaves for a more lucrative deal and the Union cash out.
Tell me what you think, would you welcome Kaka to the Union?
June 17, 2013Posted by on
Disclaimer: Ashley Cole is not actually linked to the Union in any way shape or form. Their is no truth to this post, it just came up during various conversations with friends. Hence the name Half Baked Transfer. These post are for people to inspire peoples imagination and to just be a fun read.
Ashley Cole is an aging defender who still has an abundance of quality. In his prime he was one of the best Left Backs in the world. The 32 year old Englishman signed a one year contract extension that keeps him at Stamford Bridge till the end of the 2013/2014 campaign. The recent contract extension has Ashley making 200,000 Euros a week. Realistically his next contract will not be as lucrative and could possible be signed for somewhere in the 3.mill range.
Chelsea going through a managerial change and bringing back Jose Mourinho aka the Special one aka the one aka the happy one. Mourinho said he will be making changes and will meet face to face with each player before making those changes. Chelsea already have Ivanovic who has solitified himself as a starter and Azpilicueta who is fighting for more time and proving to be solid player. Also do not forget that Mourinho is a tinkerer, he likes to tinker. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him bring in a Portugese defender and maybe move David Luiz outside while bringing back Essien and playing him out wide. Mourinho played Essien at left back for a number of big games down the stretch at Real Madrid.
The Philadelphia Union are a team that is in desperate need of a left back upgrade and defensive depth. Current starter for the Union Ray Gaddis could be better serving the club as a sub. The Union have ample cap space but if they were signing Cole they would make him a DP and pay him a salary of around 5.5-6.5 mill over 3 years. Ray Gaddis would be relegated to the bench and the Union would hire Chris Albright as coach of some kind.
How it would play out: (3 scenarios)
1. Union sigh Ashley Cole, he comes is unveiled Tir Na Nog to a hoard drunken Bens and Union fans. He throws out first pitch a Phillies v Nationals game. On the pitch he is a solid player, under preforms to his standards but still better then Gaddis. Union make playoffs and everyone is happy.
2. Cole comes to Philly. Hackworth benches him for a few games because he has to earn his spot. Around a month and a half into his tenure in Philly Gaddis gets a red card and Cole gets his opportunity. Cole plays well, Hack tells us that Ashley is making progress but still has to earn his spot. Gaddis comes back the Union lose and the next game Ashley Cole takes over as permanent starter.
3. Cole signs with Philly and starts right off the bat. He does not take the league seriously gains a good amount of weight and loses fitness. The Union eat his contract and trade him TFC.
June 12, 2013Posted by on
Philadelphia Union will head down to Boyds, Maryland to take on DC United at the Soccerplex. This is the third consecutive year the Union will play DC in the open cup play and each year it gets crazier and crazier. Lets take a trip down memory lane before braking down this game. In 2011 the Union lose to United in PKs. A goal from Carlos Ruiz and late goal from Brian Carrol tied the game up 2-2. Carlos Valdes gets a Red Card in the 85th minute. Move to 2012, and Carlos Valdes gets a red card, Brian Carrol scores, the game goes to extra time. The difference is Antoine Hoppenot scores a 93 minute goal and the Union win.
Move forward to this season and you have yourself a peach of a rubber match. In a way both teams are lucky to have advanced out of the third round of Open Cup Play. The Union needed a late stoppage time goal from Brian Carrol to get past Ocean City. Whereas DC won on PKs against the Richmond Kickers. Neither DC or Philadelphia took last round seriously they just wanted to do just enough to grind out the result. Needless to say, that is not the case this time. A real rivalry is brewing between these two clubs and the gloves will be off tonight. Even manager John Hackworth said that he would be surprised if this game finished without a red card.
Expect the Union to field a full squad, they are coming off 5 days rest. The team has seem to hit a spot of fluidity in the last match when they put up 3 goals against Columbus. The Union should field the same squad that they did for Columbus. Ideally maybe try one or two new players, at least start Farfan. The Union really need him to get going and this could be the game. Roger Torres should play some factor in this game.
This game is going to be an interesting one, DC United are currently having a howler of a season but still have some dangerous players. Even though they are in last place and the Union have more then triple their points, they can not be taken lightly. They only have the cup to play for and that is a huge motivating factor. The Union have to play confident but not stupid. Philly should go out and control the midfield, win all the the 50/50′s and make smart passes. All this comes with confidence because sometimes the Union get too hesitant and lose 50/50 balls.
The biggest factor in this game on both sides will be Brian Carrol. At times this season Carrol has looked slow, and heavy legged. His passing has been poor and his tackles have been slow which has been resulting in easy turnovers and shots on goal. Then we have the Brian Carrol who played in the Crew game. He was fantastic playing like he was 10 years younger and being one of the most influential players on the pitch. If Carrol can play like he did against the Crew the Union will be able to operate more fluently. If he shows his age then DC United will be able to pressure the defense more easily. Another factor to look at is, Carrol has been huge for the Union in the Open Cup. He is the Union’s leading goal scorer with 3 goals.
Projected Line up:
Union win 3-2 in Extra Time. 2 Red Cards one to a DC United player and another to Keon Daniel.
June 6, 2013Posted by on
(image courtesy of Philadelphia Union Facebok)
Last night the Union gifted us with more then just a arousing victory, they gave something much more…they gave us 80′s night. A night dedicated to the celebration of the most awesome decades around. They celebrated with a tailgate that featured; $1 hot-dogs, $2 Cheeseburgers, $5 beers and popular radio station WOGL. All while being serenaded by the sounds of one of the most musically diverse decades. In the stadium they kept with the 80′s night theme by showing a few short clips of Union players superimposed over iconic imagery of the 80′s.
Theme nights that are not honoring different cultural heritages fall into the realm of Busch-League. Theme nights belong in minor league baseball. The Union should hold themselves to a higher standard. For the most part through out the existence PPL has had a strong atmosphere and people do not need a reason to show up. Although attendance has been slightly down this year it is nothing that winning cant cure. It just seems to me that theme nights are just childish attempts to bring people to the stadium. Is this were all the Union’s allocation money is going to?
I am failing to see the methodology in the planning. What were the Union aiming to accomplish? Was it to draw out more fans on a midweek fixture against a team that is not LA or NY? If that was their goal then they did not accomplish it The Attendance numbers last night were in the low 16.000′s, which is poor by Union standards. It is hard to imagine that a casual fan looking at 80′s night being the deciding factor on weather or not he or she will be going to the game.
Allow me to put my personal qualms with theme nights in general aside and objectively rate this one. It was an overall good time and many people actually enjoyed themselves. It was nice to see a few people relive the glory days and drink one or two too many. Who doesn’t love an overabundance of quotes from the Breakfast Club? It was a fun night and events surrounding it made it fairly enjoyable. Do not get me wrong everything that happened before the match was just an appetizer for an absolutely salacious match.
But just for your enjoyment the BSH 80′s mixtape
1. I ran-A Flock of Seaguls
2. Hungry Like the Wolf- Duran Duran
4. I think I’m turning Japaneses- The Vapors
5. Just can’t get enough- Depeche Mode
6.Burning Down the house- Talking Heads
7. Our House- Madness
8. Love will tear us apart- Joy Division
9. I can feel it coming in the air tonight- Phil Collins
10. Billie Jean- Michael Jackson
August 12, 2012Posted by on
Its that time again folks, Shark Weeks a coming and in honor of this great week I am going to do something special. I am going to write a post that combines this JAWsome week with the beautiful game. It is sure to be FINtastic. Sharks come in all different shapes and sizes and shark has individual traits that allows them to survive. I am going to take some of the top sharks and compare the similarities between Shark and soccer player.
********Side note, I am using the MLS and US players**********
The Great White/Abby Wambach: The great white shark is the ultimate predator and the most prolific hunter in the sea. They are fast, and powerful with a bite force second to none.If a great white grabs a hold of you, the chances of you getting away in one piece are slim. Great White’s have an hora about them, with a reputation of being one of the most dangerous animals on Earth. Abby Wambach has some of the same traits, she is a prolific striker who instills fear in the hearts of defenders. Abby has great vision and sense, along with being physically dominate. The Great White and Abby also share one more quality that is very unique, they both are deadly in the air. Great Whites have been known to jump out of water to feed on seals, Abby is known for getting airborne and netting spectacular headed goals.
The Bull Shark/Chris Wondolowski: The Bull Shark is a ruthless killing machine just how Wondo is a ruthless goal scoring machine. Alot like Wondo, Bull Sharks are coastal animals that are very versatile. Bull Sharks can both be in oceans and rivers. Bull Sharks are medium sized sharks but have a very imposing force, just like Wondo. Bull Sharks get their name from their tenacity along with their tendency to head but prey. A lot like Bull Sharks Wondo is known to stay shallow in the defense and strike with precision. Also a very unique characteristic they both share is they are both overlooked. Wondo has been hands down the best striker in MLS for the last few years but does not get the attention that Henry gets. Bull Shark’s could be the most dangerous shark but do not get the attention or stigma the Great White has.
The Tiger Shark/Thierry Henry: Another two voracious predators are Tiger Shark’s and Mr. Theirry Henry. Both are lethal hunters who attack with precision. Tiger Sharks are found allover the world just as Mr. Henry’s reputation. Tiger Sharks have a very long life span and Henry’s career feels like it has been going on forever. Tiger Sharks have been known to swim in deep waters along with swim outside their habitats. Henry has been known to play out wide or drop down into the midfield. The similarities continue, a Tiger Shark is a massive shark very large could grow up to 13 feet. Henry stands at a towering 6’2.
Mako/ Dominic Oduro: The Mako shark is a medium sized shark that is not very bulky, they are slim and slender. Mako’s and Oduro are both known for their blazing speed. The Mako is the fastest shark and Oduro maybe the fastest player in MLS. Alot like Oduro, Makos are not that dangerous, their high speed offers up a form of shock but they are not prolific. It may take a Mako a few strikers before they kill their target. Oduro will score goals but by no chance is he an elite finisher in the league.
The Goblin Shark/ American’s in Germany: The Goblin Shark is the most mysterious animal. Every time I plan on educating myself on thees oddly shaped creatures I am met at a cross roads of what to believe. I am always hit with opposing and contradictory statements. It reminds me of some US players who are playing in Germany. When I first learned about these guys I was told that Fabian Johnson was a outside mid, Danny Williams is a holding midfielder and Timmy Chandler is left or right back. When in reality they can all play almost every position. I watched a Hoffenheim game once and witnessed Fabian Johnson playing right mid, left mid and left back while Danny Williams played on the wing and then in holding mid. I have seen Chandler play winger, striker, mid and defense. Like the Goblin Shark it is hard to get a read on thees guys. Does Chandler want to play for the US or for Germany? All I know is that like the Goblin Shark I want to see more of them.
Any comments? QUestions?
August 9, 2012Posted by on
Lets take a trip back in time to July 14th 2010, the Philadelphia Union were going to get a taste of European competition for the first time as they took on the Celtic FC from Scotland. When the players were worming up, it was evident their was a new face in the team. As many people searched their smart phones and small conversation broke out over ”who is the fat guy with highlights”. That man was Eduardo Coudet. Cudet was a trialist who played in the friendly and was eventually signed to the Union.
Coudet was a big guy standing 5’10 and was fairly heavy not in the best of shape, he was listed as an attacking player but only played at holding midfield. He was nicknamed “El Chacho (the Jaw)” for his massive jaw?? I was very confused at why the Union were bringing in this guy, with Migz, Naka, Roger Torres, Fred and Okugo all fighting for spots in the central midfield I was confused at why we brought in another one. Specially a holding mid who was up their in age (35 at the time), and not in the best physical condition. The first impression he gave me was that he was a gritty player. He fought and expended a lot of energy. Coudet may have slid more then anyother player I have ever seen. It was as if he could only stop an attacker if he was on the ground. Every play he was sliding on the ground. El Chacho’s time was short, he only played 9 games registered 0 goals 0 assist. He is most notible known for his bleached frosty tips that is reminiscent of the 90s. His lasting impact on the Union is that of a player who was a hard worker and brought a wealth of experience to a new team. I can’t recall ever hearing any quotes or any interviews from Eduardo Coudet. His personality was that of a man of mystery, I am not even sure if he spoke English.
It is interesting to speculate how Coudet would have turned out if he was playing under Hackworth instead of Nowak. With Nowak haveing acuasations of over training, refusing players water, and playing injured players. Coudet being old may have picked up injuries and was forced to play. I remeber times watching him and thinking something is not right. I think Coudet would have faired slightly better under Hackworth, maybe under Hack Coudet plays CAM. He did afterall have a very strong season in the NASL last season with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers where he scored 6 goals.
Does Anyone have any Coudet memories? Take a moment and think back to the summer of 2010.
August 5, 2012Posted by on
With the soccer tournaments winding down in London, and the US women marching on with grace and style to what could be a gold medal, it’s hard not to feel a sense of frustration that the men did not qualify. Especially with the build-up that this US team had, with such talents as Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams, Joe Corona, Brek Shea and Terrance Boyd. The Olympics would also be a chance for the Union to show off some of their youth products with Sheannon Williams, Freddy Adu, Zach MacMath, Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo and maybe even a Farfan or two being considered for the team. With the way the Farfan’s have been playing it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that they coul have gotten a call up. The Olympics would have been a great showcase for the Union to show off some talent and for the youngsters to gain experience. Even for the Farfans, Williams and MacMath who likely wouldn’t have started, the international stage would have given them a great chance to grow as players.
Going into the MLS season it was expcted that the US team would qualify for the Olympics, and many Union fans were excited at the chance to see players like Okugo and McInerney who had, at the time, seen limited minutes for the club over the last two seasons. Of course the US didn’t qualify and the Union imploded. Piotr Nowak imploded, the team got rid of many players, and they were almost entirely eliminated from any hope of the playoffs before Nowak left. If the US qualified it would have been the worst thing for the Union hands down. This run they are going on, which may be saving the season, would likely never have happened. With Okugo and Williams (and possibly others) gone the Union would have to resort to playing Albright, Jordan, Gaddis, or even Lopez (ugh). It would be ugly, not saying Gaddis wouldnt do a great job but Williams is starting for a reason. Who would be in net? I love Chase Harrison, but he is not Zac and more importantly has never held down a starting job. Plus it would not help to play the second string goalie with an alreaedy weakend defense. There is of course the arguement that the Union have Soumare to help out on defense, but he would have been barely coming into fitness while Okugo was in camp tuning up fro the Olympics. Hack would have had to rush him back to fitness, which he hasn’t shown any intrest in doing with Okugo available. Now lets look up top. With Adu and Mac gone who would fill in? Hoppenot is great off the bench but asking him to carry a team is a very different thing. Pajoy would have to step up along with Perlaza, Martinez or Hoffman or whoever Hack might have had to bring in. Lots of inexperience. Adu would be replaced by the injured Roger Torres who has looked less than impressive in his brief moments since getting back to fitness.
The US missing the Olympics has saved the Union for the short term, but also the long term. WIth players like Okugo getting minutes in the Olympics it wouldn’t be surprising if a European club made him an offer he couldnt refuse. He is no high-roller here in Philly and a lower division European club could pay him more then he would make here. The same could be applied to any youth player. Of course whether or not the Union would sell, or what they would get back would make it very interesting.
So to really think about it, I along with many Union fans were excited about potentially seeing some Union players represent the US. I got what I wished for, in the sense that I am now watching players who were not getting alot of minutes, just not for the US. Do not get me wrong, as a Union fan and a US fan I would love nothing more then to see Union players contribute to the national team at any level. But for now its in the best interest of the club that the US missed the Olympics. It is crazy how the world works. This is not the ideal scenario. The season has been a dissapointment. The ideal scenario would have included Nowak keeping Le Toux, Mwanga, Califf et al. and putting together a winning season. Ideally the Union would be in contention for the top spot and the some Union players would be thriving in the olympics. Ideally we would have our cake and eat it too, but we dont.
In short, the Olympic woes of the men’s national soccer team benefits the Union and keeps a slim sliver of playoff hope alive. To quench your US soccer thirst, watch the women they are playing amazing football right now as usual.
July 25, 2012Posted by on
Amazing news for Union fans came out of the MLS headquarters yesterday as it was announced that Michael Farfan would be joining teammate Carlos Valdes and the rest of the MLS All Stars as they battle European giant Chelsea FC tonight. Despite only scoring one goal so far this season, Farfan has been a force in the midfield by pushing forward and opening up defenders to create scoring opportunities. Michael Farfan, or Marfan as he is know by the Union loyal to distinguish him from his twin brother Gabe, was added to the game day roster after Chelsea requested the number of subs allowed in the All Star game to be increased from 6 to 10. Although already being located in Philadelphia may have helped the choice to include him in the roster, this is not the only reason he was picked for the squad. In spite of him only being a second year pro, Marfan has been consistently one of the best players on the field for the Union this season especially as of late. It is extremely unlikely that Michael will get a start but with 10 subs it is very likely he will come on as a second half sub. Marfan is no beginner when it comes to scoring on experienced foreign teams. Last summer he scored the only Union goal in a 2-1 lost against Spanish side Real Madrid. Farfan’s beautiful chip shows the potential he has and backs up Ben Olsen’s and John Hackworth’s decision to bring him onto the All Star squad.
Check out the Michael Farfans goal against Real Madrid here.
The MLS All Star game kicks off at 8:30 PM from PPL Park in Chester, PA. The game will also be broadcasted live on ESPN 2.
July 19, 2012Posted by on
It is the big one this week, Union v Red Bull at RBA. Its going to be all out war in the stands between the fans, Sons of Ben and miscellaneous Union fans will be heading up to NJ in the scores. As much as we all want it to be decided by the fans the game will ultimately be decided on the pitch. This game is no easy task but as always I am optimistic in the Union’s ability. The Red Bulls have not been playing up to par recently even though they edged out a win Wednesday against Chicago. Wednesday’s day game was a scorcher being played on one of the hottest days of the week. Overall They have not been playing well on a current W-D-L-D-W streak and the play has not been pretty. Henry has been in a slump he scored the game winning goal his play was still poor that game.
Those factors are working against the Red Bulls and are playing into the hands of the Union but that doesn’t mean the Union can slack. It is going to be a fierce game highly competitive should go down to the wire. The Union will need to be smart on and off the ball to make sure not to commit any fouls. As shown this year the Union have a weakness against set pieces, so the Union will need to mind their P’s and Q’s around the box. The Union will have their hands-full with this one. The Union have shown to be resilient and find ways to get results. Last minute goals against LA and Montreal have shown this team is tough. They are young and motivated, they are well aware they need to start racking up the points to make playoffs.
This game will be intense and the Union will have to show no fear going against a very dangerous team. The Red Bulls have Cooper, Henry and Le Toux a true three headed monster that can beat you in the air, on the ground and out work you. A lot of pressure falls on the holding midfielders, Brian Carrol is going to have have a major impact and keep the ball from getting to the back line. Carrol will be key figure for the Union and control the tempo. Traditionally the Union struggle with managing games and controlling the tempo of a game. SO they should abandon that all together. For the Union to win they need to find their comfort zone stay in it, make the smart passes, and most importantly get trigger happy around the box. Pepper the goal with shots on shots on shots.
All in all I predict a Union victory, over the Red Bulls 1-0. They will score one goal and continue to attack. They will keep up the pressure, with the defense playing sharp and communicating well the Union will find their way to victory.