Monday Night Union Freekicks: Rookie Risk Or Reward?

SANDY, UT - SEPTEMBER 3: Head coach of the Philadelphia Union Piotr Nowak talks to Veljko Paunovic #16 during the first half of a game against Real Salt Lake at an MLS soccer game September 3, 2011 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Real Salt Lake beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1. Real Salt Lake beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

The Philly Soccer Page " MacMath: "They wanted to tell me I was ready."

At a conference call Monday afternoon, Zac MacMath talked to reporters about his first half in MLS, how he found out he was going in, and what he needs to do to help the team reach the playoffs.

The DOOP we never took | Union Dues

Well, we came up short again in Salt Lake. Like we talked about in the last post, we were missing some key players and I think in the end, that’s what did us in. There was a very specific instance where Miglioranzi attempted to clear the ball and ended up hitting an RSL guy in the face, which allowed him to have an open run in our net. Luckily, one of our favorite Colombians is a beast in goal and was able to stop us from going down by yet another goal.

It’s Squeaky Bum Time! " Union City Blue

As we enter the second to last month of the MLS regular season, I would like to make a few observations. The Union’s once secure hold on a playoff spot has become tenuous as of late. Despite the roster changes over the course of the season, many of the same problems that were apparent in May are still rearing their ugly heads:

Union set to lean on rookie goalkeeper MacMath | CSN Philly

With a crucial stretch of the MLS season glaring down upon them and an injury to starting goalkeeper and captain Faryd Mondragon now weighing down their climb back to the top of the Eastern Conference, for the next few weeks, the fate of the Union’s quest for the postseason could rest on the shoulders of 20-year-old rookie goalie Zac MacMath.

Mondragon Says He's Out 2-4 Weeks, Team Will Wait | SportsInq | 09/05/2011

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