The Brotherly Game Q&A: The 4/29/2012 Transcript

The Brotherly Game held a live Q&A with its readers yesterday. The following is the transcript of the chat.

Who is the better holding midfielder? Gomez or Carroll? (and obviously why to go along with that)

by Joel Prushan on Apr 29, 2012 10:32 PM

Carroll.

Gomez is a box-to-box midfielder and has played extremely well as one this season. Now that the Union realize that he likes to move around and wreak havoc, he'll remain in that position.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 10:46 PM

But does the combination of Gomez and Okugo make Carroll moveable? (Though, would there be a market for him?)

by Jobu215 on Apr 29, 2012 10:50 PM

Yes...

and I'll be poking around on that second question.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 10:51 PM

Gomez as a striker

why not? that thing he does best is shoot accurately and score. he's pretty good a giving service but he is better at shooting. why not use him as a striker?

by espositodave on Apr 29, 2012 10:40 PM

Mostly tactical reasons.

Gomez does the following:

  • roams
  • plays box-to-box
  • tackles a lot
  • is extremely aggressive when approaching opposing players

None of that is conducive to being a striker. He's also only scored once from the run of play, and it was from the top of the box after a set up from one of two strikers already on the field.

I understand why you're grasping for an answer up front, but your thoughts sound more like FC Dallas' desperation with Jackson from right back to striker, not like Sheanon Williams from striker to right back.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 10:49 PM

Lineup for next match?

what do you think. this what i say. macmath, Defense: gaddis, califf, valdes, williams, Midfield: carroll, marfan, herdling, adu, Forward: gomez, mcinerney.

by espositodave on Apr 29, 2012 10:42 PM

From left to right:

MacMath / Williams, Valdes, Califf, Gaddis / Okugo + Gomez, Marfan, Adu, Herdling / Mwanga, McInerney

Don't love having Califf next to Gaddis, but apparently the coaching staf wants it. That pairing didn't work out well yesterday. Herdling needs to be played over the center to be comfortable.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 10:53 PM

Just realized that's a 4-5-2

Nix either Adu or Herdling.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 11:04 PM

DP Player

Will we ever see the Union sign a DP player this summer or in the near future (i.e Ballack)?

by Patrick S. on Apr 29, 2012 10:47 PM

Ballack, no.

No point in yet another central midfielder, especially one who will cut out Okugo on playing time.

A different one? Perhaps.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 10:54 PM

DP Player

I did not mean Ballack specifically. Rather I am asking is the FO williing to splash out the cash for a DP player (a striker would be nice)

by Patrick S. on Apr 29, 2012 10:57 PM

Striker is unlikely in my mind.

There's a ton of money locked up in Mwanga, Pajoy, Martinez, McInerney and Chandler.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 11:02 PM

Don't know that Ballack would need to be a holding MF for the Union

He could play virtually anywhere. but he's not coming, so it's a moot point.

by tmu on Apr 30, 2012 10:52 AM

Lenhart.

Why does everyone hate him so much? Just because he plays for the other team and is good at soccer? I just think the reaction to him scoring was more hateful than most.

by Magowan on Apr 29, 2012 10:48 PM

It seems to me he's disliked throughout the league...

for various reasons. He has scored four goals at PPL Park (two braces), so that has to hurt his opinion with the faithful in Philly.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 10:55 PM

Bay Area native/Quakes fan here...

Lenhart, IMO, is one of those players like Suarez: when he's on your team, you love him. When he's not, you wish you could napalm him.

He's a total troll who toes the line between drawing fouls and diving, and because of that, he's a nightmare to keep tabs on in the box. Yet, despite that, he spent the most time hi-fiving the kids and signing autographs before the Real Salt Lake game 10 days ago.

My observation from the bruise-colored side: Because every defender is marking the hell out of Wondo for 70-odd minutes, Yallop brings on a big target striker and someone with some pace to take on tired legs and cross the ball into the box. Because everyone's preoccupied with Wondo, it gives a big target man like Lenhart the space he needs to sneak in. This is how SJ wrangled the away win, which surprised me, as I thought Yallop would go for a more conservative away draw against a more physical opponent in hostile terrain.

The flipside of this is also that while defenders are heavily preoccupied with Lenhart (or Gordon, or sometimes Dawkins, even if he's a tad slight for MLS), Wondo will get just the space he needs to sneak a goal in. People want to know how he manages to score so much? A lot of it is because of sleight of hand. The man has a ridiculous nose for goal.

Still, I wish the Union luck in the Eastern Conference. My dad's side of the family is around Delaware County, so I've always had a soft spot for Philly sports teams.

by SterlingM on Apr 30, 2012 4:35 AM

This is a question for Scott as well as everyone else here

how did you fall in love with soccer?

by Joel Prushan on Apr 29, 2012 10:50 PM

It was a long process.

I think it's better for me to explain through a longer, thought out post.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 10:57 PM

I haven't been able to watch the past couple matches.

Sorry if my question is offensive to you more knowledgeable fans.

MacMath seemed to have a rough start to the season. Is that fair to say? How's he been since? Do you think he's going to be a long-term solution at GK?

by PhiladelphiaEagles on Apr 29, 2012 10:53 PM

Not sure if this is open-thread or true Q&A style (if so, sorry to butt in), but MacMath looks like a guy who's 2-3 years of maturing from being one of the top 2 or 3 keepers in MLS. He's got the skills to look like he's worth taking some lumps now.

by Jobu215 on Apr 29, 2012 10:58 PM

agreed and all the talk of him eventually becoming USMNT keeper im begining to buy

by Joel Prushan on Apr 29, 2012 11:00 PM

Feel free to answer with your thoughts.

I'll still answer on my own and react otherwise.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 11:00 PM

OK, thanks for the insight.

by PhiladelphiaEagles on Apr 29, 2012 11:07 PM

He started off slow, as did the defense...

but then he went off on a 300+ minute long clean sheet streak. Played exceptionally well, including this weekend.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 11:12 PM

Pajoy bad or bad service or both?

?

by espositodave on Apr 29, 2012 11:02 PM

After this past game, it's him.

His touch was bad, his vision poor and his decision making awful.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 11:03 PM

If you were managing the U what would be your ideal starting line up with what formation?

by Joel Prushan on Apr 29, 2012 11:03 PM

4-4-2 as the base.

4-1-1-2-2
Four backline, one anchor (Okugo or Carroll), one box-to-box (Gomez or Okugo), one wide midfielders/wingers (Marfan and Adu), a withdrawn striker (McInerney or Martinez) and a central forward (Mwanga).

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 11:11 PM

forwards

who do you think will end up being our MVP forward by the end of the season? this includes midfielder/forwards (adu, herdling)

by espositodave on Apr 29, 2012 11:06 PM

MVP will come down to the following:

I think Gomez, Valdes and Williams will be the finalists.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 11:13 PM

I'm a little confused about the direction of this franchise.

This is my understanding of the franchise so far:

Season 1 - Expansion team, experiencing the usual lack of success that comes with being an expansion team in their first year.

Season 2 - Overachieving yet decent squad, heading in the right direction. Making the playoffs but unable to make any kind of deep run for a championship.

Season 3 - Confusing off-season, not only losing key players, but being willing to part with them. Taking a step backwards.

Why the (perceived, at least) step backwards? Why not build on the success of last year?

by PhiladelphiaEagles on Apr 29, 2012 11:11 PM

Nowak wanted to install his system fully with a complete roster of his choosing.

It just so happens that the team exceeded expectations last year and now it makes his offseason choices seem rather poor. The slow start to the season certainly hasn't helped his case at all.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 11:14 PM

That being said, what are the goals for this franchise this season then? Playoffs? Player development? Who, specifically?

by PhiladelphiaEagles on Apr 29, 2012 11:18 PM

They should have been, entering the season, to win a playoff game.

Don't know what they are now.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 11:19 PM

Yikes...

by PhiladelphiaEagles on Apr 29, 2012 11:25 PM

Morbid curiosity

Was there ever any explanation (or even implication) as to what was up with the $193K Paperweight situation last season?

by Jobu215 on Apr 29, 2012 11:16 PM

Nothing at all.

I hope to one day find out.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 11:20 PM

Transfer Season

What players do you see Nowak would consider excess and trade for allocation money or for another player?

-McInerney
-Carroll
-Lopez?

by Patrick S. on Apr 29, 2012 11:16 PM

All three sound about right.

I think that McInerney should have been traded to Seattle in the offseason (for multiple reasons) given the fact that he's not finding much playing time and is on the salary cap next season.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 11:21 PM

why seattle?

by Joel Prushan on Apr 29, 2012 11:27 PM

I've been told that they were high on him in '10.

Union selected him before they could.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 11:28 PM

what were the promising things you saw from last nights loss?

by Joel Prushan on Apr 29, 2012 11:17 PM

A few:
  • Williams at left back
  • Mwanga and McInerney as a striker partnership
  • Okugo's development
  • Hackworth's substitution decisions (sans Hernandez)

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 11:24 PM

Josue Martinez

Why hasn't he found the field more? From the Union PR machine, he seemed to be the acquisition with the most "upside." Has he not impressed in training?

by Jobu215 on Apr 29, 2012 11:27 PM

Who knows at this point.

No one who seems to deserve a spot in the lineup has a spot in the lineup.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 11:28 PM

Martinez

Can we expect to see Martinez get some real time soon? We spent a good amount of money for him and any word on the Saprissa friendly?

by Patrick S. on Apr 29, 2012 11:27 PM

See above on Martinez.

Haven't seen or heard anything about the Saprissa friendly yet.

by Scott Kessler on Apr 29, 2012 11:29 PM

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