Saturday night in rain soaked D.C. was just further affirmation that our coach is out of his depth. Visiting the MLS bottom dwellers in crumbling RFK proved the perfect opportunity to pick up 3 points and march onwards to post-season play. Instead we saw more of the same from our fearless leader and our gutless team. The Union didn’t play like a team who wants to make the playoffs and Hackworth’s inability to inspire his players should have officially stamped an expiration date on his tenure. The Union were unable to beat a very bad D.C. United… a team they have already been twice this year.
I blame Hackworth for most of this year’s struggles, but I’ll give him credit that he is consistent. Our man continues to amaze from having Sebastian start at right back to his unwavering dedication to Keon Daniel. Sebastian was ripped apart from the get go with Pontius running riot. I don’t know how to explain Gaddis not being slid right with Sebastian heading opposite. All I know is that I’m thankful United is that bad and that we weren’t down more than 1 going into half. A bum foot saw Sebastian finding dry cover and an unproven Matt Kassel earn some minutes. The very right footed Kassel did ok and to criticize him would be unfair. I do question Chris Albright not earning some of his pay for actual playing time. I get Albright is a local boy the Union use for weekend meet & greets but he’s eating up a roster spot. Keon’s played nearly every position across the midfield but he’s never found his groove. The Trinidadian just doesn’t fit in this team and I’m chalking up any future inclusion to a bromance between coach and player. Kleberson’s wonder strike 7 days earlier gifted him a rare place in the first 11. Saturday’s start should also be his last this season. Sans the primary assist on Jack’s goal, Kleberson drifted in and out of the match with the latter far more prevalent. The Brazilian is on his way out and at this point he should be considered nothing more than a late sub. Farfan and Cruz played well. I still consider Farfan an automatic start. I think Hackworth is the sole reason for his stall in progressing this year. Michael is a player the team can build around but apparently Hackworth thinks rotating one of his best assets in and out of the lineup is a good way to develop a player. I like Conner Casey but he should not have been left to lead the line alone. There were many through balls played that Casey simply can’t run on. Jack should have been in the starting lineup and his delayed inclusion again highlights Hackworth’s mismanagement. It’s actually becoming hard to find the positives in John Hackworth. He seems like a nice guy but nice guys don’t make the playoffs. Unfortunately for Hackworth I think the only club he’s going to be coaching in the foreseeable future is his kid’s intramural team. He simply isn’t good enough.
There are very few positives from Saturday night’s game, but I do want to point out the dedication of the easy 1,000 fans in blue who showed up. A reported 11k in the stands was a true 5k. RFK is an absolute dump and their fan base is as pathetic as the politicians down the street.
Regardless if the Union make the playoffs or not, a coaching change needs to be a top priority come this offseason. Hackworth can finish out his term this season, but no amount of 11 dollar beers can make the product on the field any better. I heard Ted Lasso is available?