In anticipation of tonight's match with defending MLS Cup-champion Real Salt Lake (7:30 PM Eastern/Live Well HD Network), denz from the excellent RSL Soapbox and I exchanged questions about each other's team. Below are the questions I asked about the group from Utah:
Denz would continue on to point out that my question was slightly flawed, because the Union have gained more decisions in the final fifteen minutes than they have lost. The point I think I was trying to make, though, is that -- and if I'm wrong about this, please say something in the comments -- outside of parts of the home openers against DC United and the Sounders, I can't really think of a time where I've felt comfortable with the Union tied or up by one mid-game. Such is the life of an expansion team follower, I guess.
After the jump are the questions asked about the Union, and my responses.
For better or for worse, Danny Califf. He's the captain, and has made some god awful mistakes, but has generally been a reliable presence in the back. The best part about him from my perspective, though, is that he takes responsibility for his mistakes (see: game vs. Columbus last week) and wants to make sure that the locker room doesn't fall onto the slippery slope that is the expansion team excuse for poor performance. Oh, and he had a mohawk at the beginning of the season. He's awesome like that.
No team has allowed more goals in MLS than the 32 goals allowed by the Union, former RSL keeper Chris Seitz has been left out to dry a number of times by defensive mistakes, and the team has had to play a man down 5 times already this year, what needs to happen in order for the Union to stop leaking goals?