It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

Justin Edmonds

We take some time to remember 2013 and pick out our favorite and worst moment from the Union's starting XI.

So what are your resolutions? Share them with us in the comments section below!Zac MacMath

  • Best: While maybe not his best match all season, the 0-0 draw at Red Bull Arena against the eventual Supporter's Shield winners was indicative of just how far MacMath had come since being handed the starting job last year. Leading the Union to their first ever points at RBA was huge for MacMath and the team.
  • Worst: Zac scored one of the best goals of the year when the Union played the Galaxy at PPL park. Zac managed to elude his marker and headed the ball in the wide open net. He showed his athleticism and determination on that play.... oh wait, never mind.

Amobi Okugo

  • Best: Amobi had the best season of his short career, furthering cementing his spot in the starting XI. Not only did he play stellar defense but he was in the top 5 in both goals and assists for the Union. My favorite Okugo moment was when he scored the first goal of his career during a 2-1 win against the Rapids.
  • Worst: Picking up a second yellow card against New England. Down 5-1 in the waning moments of the match, Okugo had already picked up a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation earlier in the game when he picked up his second yellow, thus tacking on a second game he'd miss. The Union would draw Montreal and lose to San Jose in those matches.

Sheanon Williams

  • Best: Sheanon had a very solid year all around, he played solid defense, and his maturity has grown leaps and bounds but his greatest improvement was his work on the attack, where he was second in assists with 8 and had a career high 2 goals.
  • Worst: Getting sent off for a late match shoving match with Seattle's Lamar Neagle was the low point of 2013 for Williams. Although he did show considerable restraint after Neagle shoved him in the face, you can't allow your opponent to get you in that position in the first place. Williams' reputation as a hot-head probably made the decision to send him to an early shower that much easier for

Jeff Parke

  • Best: Jeff's return home was probably the best moment of 2013. His veteran leadership helped make the Union one of the best defensive teams in MLS, ranking 5th with 12 shutouts. The Downington High School and Drexel Dragon star also became a great mentor to the up and coming Amobi Okugo, making them a solid tandem in the middle of the defense.
  • Worst: I honestly can't think of anything to point out, Parke had a solid year. I would personally love him getting more involved in the aerial game on offense.

Raymon Gaddis

  • Best: While Ray had a solid year on the field for the Union, his best moment was representing the Union at the "Soccer For Newtown" event that helped raise money for the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
  • Worst: Losing his starting spot to Fabinho. The Bow-Tie Mafia has reason to be excited though, as Gaddis was able to remain in the hunt for the spot throughout the latter part of 2013. And while Fabinho has the experience, he is also five years older than Gaddis. Look for both players to share minutes at left back in 2014.

Brian Carroll

  • Best: Brian's best moment of 2013 came on May 28th, when he scored the winning goal against a pesty Ocean City Nor'Easters. The goal couldn't have come at a better time, the Nor'Easters outplayed the Union in every way and were poised to take the MLS team into extra time. Video courtesy of Jeff Mitchell.
  • Worst: Watching Brian Carroll play is like watching paint dry, the only difference is……….zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Danny Cruz

  • Best: Danny's best moment of 2013 was the game against the Seattle Sounders where he scored two goals in 2 minutes. Showing you that even a blind squirrel can find a nut or two.
  • Worst: Every other moment on the pitch.

Keon Daniel

  • Best: Keon had very few good moments in 2013. It's sad when your best moment is a disallowed goal, however the one against Houston at PPL Park was a beauty.
  • Worst: Anytime he played in 2013, he had a horrible year. In his defense…forget it, I got nothing.

Sebastien Le Toux

  • Best: Great year, led the Union and was second in MLS in assists with 12. Overall a successful year. But nothing felt better than having him score the first goal of the year for the Union. It was a great comeback story after a bad ride the last couple of years.
  • Worst: WTF! Cheese perfume?

Jack McInerney

  • Best: Jack had a fantastic start to 2013, scoring 10 goals in his first 14 games and earning a call to the US national team. But his greatest goal had to be the tying goal he scored against DC United in the 90th minute to salvage a tie for the playoff hunting Union. That broke the long scoring drought for the 21 year old.
  • Worst: The 1044 scoreless minutes. 17 games, 4 months. When Jack's fortunes went south, so did the Union's playoff chances.
  • Best: Thank God for Casey, who scored 8 out of his 10 goals after JacMac went south. Casey was a great pick up for the Union, taking a chance on him coming off an injury. His greatest moment of 2013 had to be when he opened the scoring on a 3-0 beatdown of the NYRB on June 23rd. He scored 2 goals that day and had a total of 3 of his 10 goals in 2013 in 3 games against the Union's biggest rival.
  • Worst: Not much negative you can say about the big man, he had a solid year, scoring 10 goals and assisting in 5, putting him second in both categories for the Union. Except he played entirely too many minutes, 2201 minutes, giving him the second most minutes of his career, not good for a player coming off major knee surgery. Starting 25 out of 31 games is too much too ask from a player of his size and age, and if he wasn't subbed for, which he was 10 out of his 25 starts, he was winded and it was obvious by the fact that he only scored 3 goals in the games he played all 90 minutes.

    So what are your best and worst moments from your favorite players? Share them with us in the comments section below!
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